Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime fellow sex worker Jeffrey Epstein, speaks at a press conference on the oceans and sustainable development on June 25, 2013 in New York at a press conference on the United Nations TV.
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Ghislaine Maxwell, a British company accused of sexually abusing minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, is in quarantine at a federal prison in New York after being likely exposed there to a worker with a positive coronavirus, prosecutors said Monday.
Maxwell gave a negative result to Covid-19 using a quick test last Wednesday, prosecutors wrote in a statement filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where he was charged this year.
“As with all other quarantined detainees, the accused will remain in quarantine for fourteen days, at which time they will re-examine COVID-19,” prosecutors wrote in Maxwell’s case in a letter to the judge.
“If this test is negative, it will be released from quarantine.”
Prosecutors told a staff member posted to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where Maxwell is housed, had a positive coronavirus result last week.
Maxwell, 58, was arrested without bail on charges of recruiting and caring for girls in several mid-1990s cases of sexual harassment by Epstein, sometimes with his participation.
One of the alleged victims was only 14 years old at the time of the recruitment.
Maxwell, who is found guilty in the case, is also accused of perjury because he allegedly falsely denied his alleged conduct as a procurer of a wealthy money manager under oath of civil litigation.
For years, Epstein has spoken to famous and wealthy people, including Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and British Prince Andrew.
Epstein lowered his profile after pleading guilty to state charges in Florida in 2008 that included paying for sexual services from a minor girl. In this case, he spent 13 months in prison, but released his work most of the time.
Epstein, 66, was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sexual trafficking with federal children after prosecutors said he abused dozens of young girls between 2002 and 2006.
A month later, he died in a federal prison in Manhattan, which authorities say was a suicide by hanging.
Maxwell was arrested last July at a million-dollar hideout he bought in New Hampshire.
Prosecutors said in a statement on Monday that Maxwell is quarantined while taking a shower, making personal phone calls and using the CorrLinks email system.
“In addition, the defendant will continue to have the right to make legal calls every day for up to three hours a day. These calls will be made in a room where the defendant is alone and where no MDC staff member can hear his legal connections,” prosecutors wrote. .
“On November 18, 2020, the government handed over to MDC a laptop that the defendant could use for review [material for her upcoming trial]”- states in the letter.
“During the quarantine, the defendant allowed and may continue to use that laptop in his cell to review his discovery for thirteen hours a day.”