Warden won’t testify about Ghislaine Maxwell’s jail conditions: judge
The warden of the Manhattan Detention Complex will not be testifying about Ghislaine Maxwell’s “onerous” prison conditions, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Defense lawyers for the British socialite have repeatedly asked US District Judge Alison Nathan to summon Warden Heriberto Tellez to provide an accounting of their client’s alleged mistreatment — but the request was formally denied.
Maxwell has complained in court filings about being awoken every 15 minutes by a flashlight to ensure she’s still alive, 24/7 video surveillance, frequent strip searches and an inadequate diet that has led to weight and hair loss.
Lawyers for the Brooklyn federal jail have insisted that the terms of her confinement are reasonable and that she has been well cared for.
Maxwell is being held without bail on a Manhattan federal indictment alleging she recruited girls and young women to be abused by her and Jeffrey Epstein.