An attorney for Ghislaine Maxwell on Thursday released the first photograph of the accused madam since she was arrested last summer, showing the former socialite with a wrinkly face and a bruise under her eye.
The photo of Maxwell was included in a letter filed in her Manhattan federal criminal case by her attorney Bobbi Sternheim, who wrote that the apparent injury has caused friction between her and guards at the jail, the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
“Last night, she was confronted by MDC staff due a visible bruise over her left eye,” Sternheim wrote in the letter.
“No guard addressed the bruise until Ms. Maxwell, who has no mirror, caught a reflection of her aching eye in the glean of a nail clipper. At that point, MDC staff confronted Ms. Maxwell regarding the source of the bruise, threatening to place her in the SHU if she did not reveal how she got it,” she added, referring to the special housing unit.
Sternheim added that guards at the MDC put inmates in the special housing unit if they’ve been injured in the jail or subjected to abuse by other inmates.
But Maxwell’s attorneys believe she got the bruise because she’s forced to cover her eyes with a sock or towel every night because guards shine lights in her cell every 15 minutes.
Maxwell is awaiting trial for sex trafficking and other charges related to her allegedly procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s.
She has pleaded not guilty and faces trial this summer.
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