Ghislaine Maxwell should be freed from jail because she's served 'microwaved' food and 'brown' water, says her brother
GHISLAINE Maxwell’s brother believes the alleged pimp of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein should be freed from jail because she is being served "heavily microwaved" food and "brown water."
Ghislaine, 59, a British socialite, is accused of procuring young girls for her former lover Jeffrey Epstein – a convicted paedohpile and alleged sex trafficker.
She remains on round-the-clock suicide watch with US authorities fearing she will meet the same fate as Epstein – who killed himself in prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial.
According to her family, Ghislaine is being held in a tiny cell and is watched by cameras 24/7.
Today in a tin-eared interview her brother said her hair is falling out and she has lost 20lbs because of the food being served.
Ian Maxwelll told BBC Radio 4’s Today programe that she is being served “brown water” and “inedible” food and monitored around the clock in “grotesque” conditions.
He added that the prison is not being run in "the way that a democratic country" should run its prisons.
Mr Maxwell said “Ghislaine has been in prison now for nearly 250 days and counting.
“She is in effective isolation in a cell that measures 6ft by 9ft and which includes a concrete bed and a toilet.
“'There is no natural light. She is under 24-hour, round-the-clock surveillance with ten cameras including one that moves and tracks her movements. That is her existence.
“The water that is provided through the prison is brown and the food that she's given is very highly microwaved and basically inedible.
“She is resolute, she's strong in her spirit and undaunted, but obviously this is very, very wearing physically.
“She's a 59-year-old woman and we understand that she's losing her hair, and she's also having trouble with her eyesight and her ability to concentrate because this is a tremendous pressure to be under.”
Ghislaine was arrested by the FBI at a secluded $1million house in New Hampshire last July.
She is also charged with perjury in relation to a 2016 sworn testimony in which she denied trafficking alleged Epstein victim Virginia Roberts – who alleges she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew, a claim he denies.
Ian said his sister even gave up her British and French passports to prove to US authorities that she was not a flight risk – something he calls "a great sacrifice."
Despite the extreme measures being taken, Mr Maxwell said his sister "has never been a suicide risk".
He explained: "There are daily evaluations of her, she has shown no indication that that is her intention. She is being completely overmanaged.
However, he added: "I'm worried about her health and her ability to concentrate and to mount her defence.
"No human being should have to go through what she's been through.
"It is really degrading, and in terms of the deprivation of sleep, this is not the way that a democratic country should be running its prison system, it's grotesque and in that respect it amounts to torture."
In a separate interview last week, Ian said people need to remember that she has no faced trial and is therefore entitles to be presumed innocent.
He told the Telegraph: "As you know, my sister is being held in the most appalling conditions and subjected to brutal and unusual treatment and yet she is a pretrial detainee.
"This means she is innocent and she is entitled to the presumption of innocence."
Ian added that his sister's treatment was a "disgrace to any civilised democracy."
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