A federal judge on Monday for the second time this year denied bail to Ghislaine Maxwell, the wealthy British socialite accused of grooming underage girls to be sexually abused by money manager Jeffrey Epstein.
Judge Alison Nathan found, just has she found in July when she first denied bail in the case, that Maxwell posed a serious flight risk, given her wealth, possession of citizenship in multiple countries and the severity of the charges she faces.
“The Court … finds that the Defendant’s proposed bail conditions would not reasonably assure her appearance at future proceedings,” Nathan said in her ruling in Manhattan federal court.
Maxwell, who is being held in a Brooklyn federal jail. has pleaded not guilty in the case. She is due to stand trial next year.
Epstein, 66, died in a Manhattan federal jail in August 2019 from what authorities have ruled was a suicide by hanging.
At the time of his death, Epstein was being held without bail on child sex trafficking charges.
A former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, Epstein previously was convicted of paying and underage girl for sexual services in Florida.
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