Maxwell is being held without bail while on trial for trafficking children for sexual purposes.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s siblings have written to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, calling for “immediate improvements” in his treatment by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the US Marshals Service and urging Garland “in the interests of justice and justice. common humanity to change the shocking daily regimen. to which Ghislaine is subjected during her trial. “
The two-page letter, signed by Maxwell’s six surviving siblings, claims government agencies deprived her of adequate food during the long days of testing, refused to provide her with soap or disinfectant for washing hands and provided him with an insufficient amount of time to meet with his lawyers.
“She was given a minimum of food in the first week for each full hearing day – sometimes no food at all and sometimes food that she cannot eat, such as peanut butter to which she has an allergy. known [authorities]The family wrote in a statement accompanying the letter. hard-boiled eggs (sometimes rotten); pieces of bread; potato chips; bananas; apples; and no utensils, no condiments. “
The Federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment specifically on Maxwell’s conditions of detention, citing privacy, safety and security concerns, but issued a brief statement in response to questions from ABC News.
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all inmates, our population, staff and the public, ”the statement read. “In addition, the BOP takes allegations of staff misconduct seriously and in accordance with national policy. , refer all allegations for investigation, if warranted. Incidents of potential criminal activity or misconduct within BOP facilities are fully investigated with a view to possible administrative discipline or criminal prosecution. “
The US Marshals Service did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesperson for the agency previously said his treatment of Maxwell was in line with their protocols.
Maxwell, 59, has been denied bail by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan four times since her arrest on multiple child sex trafficking charges in July 2020, ruling that the former wealthy British socialite was a risk of flight. Maxwell’s family say the judge “declined to intervene in any way” regarding their concerns about his treatment.
The family ask Garland to order the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she is being held, provide Maxwell with a packet of food and soap each day and to order the US Marshals Service to give her more time. with a lawyer before and after each day of the trial, which is expected to last up to an additional five weeks.
Since the opening of her trial last Monday, Ghislaine’s sister, Isabel, who lives in the United States, has been in the gallery every day. Her brother Kevin, who lives in the UK, joined Isabel later in the week.
In an interview with ABC News on Monday, Ghislaine’s brother Kevin Maxwell called his sister’s daily diet “outright outrage.”
“It’s not fair, (it’s) inhuman and a disgrace,” said Kevin Maxwell, noting that his sister had not been convicted of anything. “There should be a stay of judgment until the end of the trial. She is innocent until proven guilty.”
He told ABC News he was “relieved” to see his sister, but alarmed at her appearance.
“The AG can fix it and can fix it today,” said Kevin Maxwell. “Judge Nathan won’t fix the problem. US Marshals, Bureau of Prisons – GA needs to fix it.”