Multimillionaire Ghislaine Maxwell has sent one of her alleged victims a $13.70 bill for legal admin after the woman sued the British socialite for recruiting her for Jeffrey Epstein when she was just 13-years-old.
Maxwell, who is said to have a net worth of $20.5 million, has been slammed by the alleged victim’s lawyer for ‘going after one of her victims for $13.70 from behind bars’.
The 59-year-old made the move after her accuser, known as Jane Doe, resolved her claims of sexual abuse out of court with the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program.
By resolving the case within the program, Jane Doe was forced to withdraw her federal lawsuit against Maxwell, 59, and Epstein’s estate.
It led Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger to file legal documents requesting compensation for her client’s ‘search and printing costs’ and filing fees relating to the case on Tuesday, reports the New York Daily News.
Multimillionaire Ghislaine Maxwell has sent one of her alleged victims a legal bill of $13.70 after the woman sued the British socialite for recruiting her for Jeffrey Epstein when she was just 13-years-old. Pictured: Court sketch of Maxwell when she appeared in Manhattan Federal Court in New York on April 23, 2021
‘It wasn’t enough for Ms. Maxwell to abuse young women,’ Jane Doe’s lawyer Robert Glassman told the newspaper.
‘Now, despite being in jail for that abuse, she is going after one of her victims for $13.70 from behind bars. It’s crazy.’
The moves comes after Judge John Koetl ruled in March that Maxwell is allowed to demand compensation for legal costs relating to the lawsuit.
In January 2020, Jane Doe filed a civil suit, claiming that Maxwell and Epstein abused her from the age of 13.
The accuser alleges that she was first approached by the pair in 1994 at a summer music camp in Michigan when she was 13.
She was then repeatedly abused by the pair over ‘years’.
Maxwell’s lawyers released a photo of Ghislaine Maxwell with a bruise under her left eye. It is not clear how she got the bruise, but Maxwell told lawyers it might have come from shielding her eyes during the nighttime checks
Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in jail in 2019 before he could face trial in a sex trafficking case in New York
‘Jane Doe was their first known victim and was subsequently abused by Epstein and Maxwell for years as a young girl, suffering unimaginable physical and psychological trauma and distress,’ her complaint alleges.
‘Maxwell also regularly facilitated Epstein’s abuse of Doe and was frequently present when it occurred.’
According to the civil complaint, ‘Epstein’s system of abuse was facilitated in large part by his co-conspirator and accomplice, Maxwell, who helped supply him with a steady stream of young and vulnerable girls – many of whom were fatherless, like Jane Doe, and came from struggling families.’
Jane Doe also claims that Epstein introduced her to Donald Trump when she was 14, asking the future US President: ‘This is a good one, right?’ Trump ‘smiled and nodded in agreement,’ according to the suit.
The development comes as US District Judge Alison J Nathan said on Tuesday that Maxwell’s trial will start in November on charges that she recruited teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse over a 10-year-period.
The development comes as it was revealed on Tuesday that Maxwell’s trial will start in November.
Jury selection can occur in the week of November 15 and opening statements will begin on November 29, Judge Nathan said.
The order was issued a day after prosecutors told the judge that both sides would be ready for trial in November, though defence lawyers preferred it begin on November 8 while prosecutors wanted it to start on November 29.
The judge recently scrapped a July 12 trial date after defence lawyers complained that sex trafficking charges added in March left them insufficient time to investigate and prepare for trial.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial will start in November on charges that she recruited teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse over a 10-year period. Pictured: Maxwell with Epstein in 2005
Maxwell, 59, has been jailed at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn since last July, when she was arrested at a New Hampshire estate.
Judge Nathan has denied bail three times, twice rejecting a 28.5 million dollar (£20.1 million) proposed package that would have required Maxwell to remain in a New York City dwelling with 24-hour armed guards.
The judge said she believed Maxwell was a risk to flee despite the US citizen’s claims that she was willing to renounce her citizenship in the UK and France to prove her willingness to appear for trial.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges that she recruited teenage girls from 1994 to 2004 for Epstein to sexually abuse during encounters sometimes described as sexualised massages.
Prosecutors say their case hinges primarily on the evidence of four women who were abused, including two who say they were recruited when they were 14.
Defence lawyers have challenged the charges on numerous grounds, although Judge Nathan has rejected most of them. They have succeeded in severing perjury charges from those alleging sex abuse.
Epstein killed himself in August 2019 in a federal Manhattan jail as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.
It emerged earlier this month that prison guards are shining a torch into Ghislaine Maxwell’s cell every 15 minutes while she sleeps for her own safety.
Judges asked prosecutors to explain why the accused madam was being monitored in such a way after the regime was revealed by her lawyer a week ago.
Prosecutors told Manhattan federal court Judge Alison Nathan Wednesday that she was on an ‘enhanced security schedule’.
‘MDC staff conduct flashlight checks every fifteen minutes because the defendant, while not on suicide watch, is on an enhanced security schedule,’ prosecutors wrote in a letter.
They said it was necessary because of the nature of her charges, the potential stress she faces in a high-profile criminal case and because of a need to ensure her safety in a cell where she is alone.
Earlier this month, Maxwell’s lawyers released a photo of Maxwell with a bruise under her left eye.
It is not clear how she got the bruise, but Maxwell told lawyers it might have come from shielding her eyes during the nighttime checks.
Maxwell, 59, has been held without bail since July on charges alleging she recruited teenage girls from 1994 to 2004 for Epstein to sexually abuse. She has pleaded not guilty.
A superseding indictment in March added a fourth teenage girl to the allegations and extended the years of the alleged conspiracy to 2004.