Brother of British socialite accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein exploit underage girls said his lawsuits were “the most high-profile lawsuit of the century”, designed to break up woman targeted by authorities desperate to blame someone for the crimes of the deceased financier.

Ghislaine Maxwell continues to have the support of her family, and a family member will be present in court at all times to show their support, Ian Maxwell said in a pre-trial interview, which is due to start Monday in district court. American Manhattan. .

It is arguably the most high-profile trial of the century, Ian Maxwell told The Associated Press. “This is designed to break her; I don’t see any other way to read it. … And she won’t be broken because she completely believes in her innocence and she is going to give the best possible account. ”

Prosecutors allege that Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, prepared girls as young as 14 to have sex with Epstein and lied about her knowledge of his crimes when she testified in an earlier case. She has been in custody for nearly 17 months after Judge Alison J. Nathan repeatedly denied bail requests.

Prosecutors held a press conference when they announced the charges against Maxwell, saying she had lured young girls into a trap she and Epstein had set for them.

Ms. Maxwell chose to blatantly ignore the law and her responsibility as an adult, using whatever means she had to lure vulnerable young people into behavior they should never have been exposed to, creating thus a risk of lasting harm, ”FBI Deputy Director William Sweeney said at the time.

But Ian Maxwell says his sister is being blamed by US authorities who intend to hold someone responsible for Epstein’s crimes.

Epstein committed suicide in prison in 2019 before going on trial.

“It’s not quite an editing job, but it was nonetheless tinkered with so that Ghislaine was forced to face the charges that Epstein never faced,” said Ian Maxwell.

Ghislaine Maxwell is the youngest of nine children of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell. The tycoon was once one of Britain’s richest men, but that wealth evaporated after his drowning in 1991 and investors found he had siphoned off hundreds of millions of pounds from the pension funds of the employed to support his empire.

The children supported each other after the death of Robert Maxwell and Ian and his brother were charged with financial crimes related to their father’s actions. Both were acquitted.

Now they are rallying around Ghislaine, who was dating Epstein and was his frequent companion on trips around the world.

The family continue to demand that Maxwell be released on bail, arguing that the conditions of his detention amount to torture and prevent him from helping his defense lawyers. The six remaining siblings this week called on the United Nations to investigate the “inhumane” treatment of Ghislaine Maxwell.

Ian Maxwell says his sister is in “effective segregation” at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, where she is held in a 1.8-meter by 2.7-meter cell, with no natural light and equipped with a toilet and bed. concrete. She is unable to sleep as she is monitored around the clock by four guards and 10 cameras due to unwarranted fears that she is at risk of suicide, he said.

Earlier this month, a judge again refused to let Epstein’s ex-girlfriend swap her jail cell for house arrest, citing the gravity of the charges and her risk of absconding.

“The denial of bail is totally inappropriate,” Ian Maxwell said. “Some very famous and infamous people have been released on bail like the last assassin of George Floyd, a murderer. John Gotti, another murderer, a gangster. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bernie Madoff. These are all men, of course, who were released on bail. Ghislaine is a woman who somehow doesn’t get bail.

Americans interested in justice should be concerned because anyone could be charged with a crime and be detained under the same conditions, he said.

“The authorities feel under pressure… because they lost (Epstein) and they feel under pressure from the public, and this combination of pressure keeps Ghislaine inside,” her brother said. “But it still doesn’t do things right.”

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