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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These FAQs cover basic facts about Ghislaine (most recent first) not already dealt with in the About section of the site, relating to her present status as a pre-trial detainee and certain historic information.  For obvious reasons, however, FAQs relating to the case itself are not – and cannot be - addressed in this website.



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Daniel Moynihan

US Senator for New York (1977-2001)


Who is Ghislaine?

What confinement conditions is Ghislaine facing?

Has Ghislaine proposed a meaningful bail package?

How old are the allegations against Ghislaine? When is the first time she was named in a criminal case?

Since she has been arrested and then refused bail why doesn’t she consider pleading guilty?

Who are her accusers?

What books is Ghislaine reading in prison?

Does Ghislaine have any cellmates?

Ghislaine has a new cellmate While attempting to work on her discovery, Ghislaine saw atop her Bible, next to her computer, a large rodent that leapt off the table and promptly scampered back to the adjacent kitchen area where the guards prepare her food!! The rodent is a new admission to MDC for alleged crimes unknown.

What does Ghislaine wear?

Khaki trousers, a brown tee shirt, a brown smock top (think scrubs) and Dark Blue canvas slip on shoes

What arguments is Ghislaine raising in support of her appeal for pretrial release? 

The US District Court erred in accepting the Government’s conclusory proffer without any actual evidence. And the conditions of her confinement make it impossible for her to effectively prepare her defense. The Government concedes that Ms. Maxwell is not a danger to the community, and her proposed bail package demonstrates that she is not a risk of flight.  Case 21-770, Document 57, 04/19/2021, 3080288

Please revisit this section of the site from time to time as the FAQs here will be refreshed as required.


Ghislaine is kind and compassionate. More than a dozen letters of support - speaking to Ghislaine’s kindness, generosity and affirming her honesty and integrity - were submitted to the court from family and long-time friends in support of her Bail application. 

The physical conditions of her confinement are more restrictive than most pretrial detainees have ever faced.  Her pretrial incarceration now totals 270 days and counting effectively in solitary confinement in MDC Brooklyn —one of the Federal system’s largest and roughest jails — in the midst of the pandemic. Ghislaine is daily subjected to a range of invasive procedures. These include multiple physical searches a day, including having guards looking inside in her mouth (i.e. no social distancing); and the pointing of a flashlight into her isolation cell - where she is held approximately 12 hours every day - every 15 minutes during the night, making sleep impossible for her. She is under round-the-clock surveillance by multiple guards and cameras, including one mobile camera that captures her every move. 


Her cell consists of a 6ft x 9ft space, with a concrete bed and toilet.  She is not permitted into the corners of the cell and she must remain a minimum of 2.5ft from the cell door. There is no flat surface in her cell for her to work on the legal documentation for the long hours she is left to languish in there. The drinking water is full of contaminants and the food is inedible. Food has been fed to her on plastic trays that have melted when exposed to microwaved heating, making the food inedible and unsafe.


There is no natural light in the cell, only fluorescent lights so bright that they hurt her eyes. Two walls of the cell are external masonry block walls with no insulation. Depending on the temperature it can lead to condensation on the walls by the bed. Guards rotate every two weeks and each shift has different expectations and practices that conflict with other teams. This is impacting Ghislaine’s health and ability to prepare properly and mount her defense which is the right of every pretrial detainee.

Ghislaine proposed a bail package - $28.5 million of cash and securities - for a first-time, non-violent defendant, including electronic tagging and extremely restrictive house arrest in the NY area. In addition to pledging a bail amount multiple times larger than others who have faced similar charges, Ghislaine has also offered to renounce her French and U.K. citizenships.

Contrary to the tabloid press reports Ghislaine has never held an Israeli passport.

Ghislaine has been – and continues to be - denied bail before her trial, despite others who have faced far more heinous allegations being bailed.

The court, whilst affirming on numerous occasions that she is not a danger to others, has, however, determined Ghislaine to be a flight-risk. This despite evidence that she never left – or attempted to leave - the United States since prior to the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein in July 2019; the unprecedented proposed bail package; and that she has lived in the United States for 30 years as have many members of her immediate family.

Ghislaine is accused of events that are alleged to have occurred between 1994-2004. The U.S. Government did not charge Jeffrey Epstein whilst he was alive with these alleged crimes.

G.M. was indicted on July 2, 2020, almost a year after Jeffrey Epstein’s death. Until that moment, she had not been either charged or indicted in any jurisdiction with these crimes which date back 25 years. In fact, in the earlier exhaustive 2005-6 investigation of Epstein conducted by the Palm Beach Police Department in Florida, the lead detective said in sworn deposition that she was not named in any police reports or warrants, her name was never raised in the Grand Jury of 2005 and nor was she named in either the 2008 State indictment or the more recent 2019 Federal indictment of Epstein.

Because she is not guilty, Ghislaine has consistently and continuously pleaded not guilty and adamantly denies the charges brought against her. In the only case in which she did appear she gave multiple depositions and did not plead the 5th Amendment. She is confident that any impartial jury will find her not guilty of the charges she is facing.  

It is a fundamental right of any U.S. citizen to confront their accusers. However as of April 2, 2021, the government has refused to reveal specific evidence, dates, and details underpinning the charges. Ghislaine's request for Discovery as to Accusers was denied by the Judge's Order. 

Ghislaine has read the following books and publications:

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What are the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) and which rules are being violated in the case of Ghislaine?

Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 17, 2015 (the Nelson Mandela Rules)




Basic principles: Rule 1

Accommodation: Rules 13,14,15 & 17

Food: Rule 22

Exercise and Sport: Rule 23

Health-care Services: Rules 32 (d) & 34

Restrictions, Discipline and Sanctions: Rules 42, 43 (b) and (c)

Information to and Complaints by Prisoners: Rule 57 (3)

Contact with the outside world: Rule 61 (1)

Investigations: Rules 71 (2) & (3)


C. Prisoners under arrest or awaiting trial: Rule 111 (2)

Why does Ghislaine keep applying for Bail after being turned down multiple times? 

The primary reason is that “[Ghislaine] cannot properly prepare for trial because of sleep deprivation, a lack of potable water, a sewage stench in her cell, an inability to meet privately with her lawyers, prison computers that do not function and cannot access the Prosecution discovery or keep jail guards from reviewing her confidential materials.”

See Appellant Ghislaine Maxwell’s Renewed Motion for Pretrial Release.

Furthermore, she has offered $28.5 million of cash and securities in addition to submitting to electronic tagging and extremely restrictive house arrest in the NY area and giving up her non-US citizenships. She is neither a risk to the community nor to herself and nor is she a flight risk.  This combination of cash and securities, restrictive home confinement and renouncing her non-US citizenships is an aggregated bail package already far greater than any granted other well-known male defendants. Under these circumstances Ghislaine has a right to appeal the District Court’s denial of bail - which is hard to comprehend - and will continue to exercise that right if applicable in front of the US Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit.

Why isn't Ghislaine ‘naming names’ and pleading guilty as charged?  

Ghislaine has consistently and continuously pleaded not guilty and adamantly denies the charges brought against her that are based on allegations of still anonymous accusers. Such allegations or accusations are not ‘evidence’. Just because someone says or repeats them in a newspaper, on a podcast or indeed in a court document, doesn't make them evidence which is subject to proof.

What new books is Ghislaine reading or reviewing?











Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice












Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption








How to be Both by Ali Smith











In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White






















Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation





Protecting Your Health & Safety: a Litigation Guide for Inmates










Criminal Law Handbook, Know Your Rights, Survive the System






Federal Rules of Evidence in a Nutshell

Faith of My Fathers by John McCain and Mark Salter

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

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