The British-American socialite who allegedly lured underage girls to be abused by Jeffrey Epstein could be locked up in the same prison the billionaire paedophile hanged himself.
The six-count indictment against Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, in Manhattan federal court alleges she helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994.
She faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
She was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday and appeared via video link that afternoon at the Removal Hearing alongside her lawyer.
According to court filings, the US government fears France-born Maxwell is “an extreme flight risk” meaning she could be denied bail.
If that is the case, she will either be held overnight in a local prison or transferred back to a facility in New York – either the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan or the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, reports Bloomberg.
The MCC is where Epstein took his own life prior to his sex-trafficking trial.
Maxwell was reportedly hiding out in a secret bolthole advertised as offering “total privacy” before her arrest.
The four-bedroom, four-bathroom timber frame £860,000 home, which boasts 156 acres, was purchased for cash last December in Bradford, New Hampshire.
In a Grand Jury indictment unsealed on Thursday afternoon it is alleged she “contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 16.
“The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein”.
The indictment also accuses Maxwell of lying “in relation to some of the minor victims” when under oath in 2016.
Epstein, who pleaded not guilty, killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell in August last year.
Some of Epstein’s alleged victims have said Maxwell lured them into his circle, where they were sexually abused by him and powerful friends.