Ghislaine Maxwell due to appear at bail hearing

Ghislaine Maxwell due to appear at bail hearing

Audrey Strauss, acting attorney for the southern district of New York speaks alongside William Sweeney Jr, assistant director-in-charge of the New York office, at a news conference announcing charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein in New York on 2 July 2020

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Ms Maxwell was arrested at her New Hampshire home on 2 July and faces sex trafficking charges

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is due to appear at a bail hearing via video link later on Tuesday.

It will determine whether she stays in prison while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors for Epstein.

Her lawyers have asked for her release on bail of $5m(£4m) because of the risk of getting coronavirus in jail.

She was arrested on 2 July and denies the charges against her.

She faces up to 35 years if convicted.

Prosecutors allege that between 1994 and 1997 Ms Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14. Epstein died in prison on 10 August as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was determined to be suicide.

Last week, her lawyers said her detention at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, put her at “serious risk” of contracting coronavirus.

They said she was not a flight risk and asked the judge to release her from custody on bail signed by six of her associates and secured by a $3.75m property in the UK.

Under the proposed bail conditions, Ms Maxwell, 58, would surrender her passports from the US, UK and France and would confine herself to a property in New York with electronic GPS monitoring.

Her lawyers are arguing Ms Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein and that she was not in contact with him for m

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