Ghislaine Maxwell was pictured with a ‘black eye’ in a photo posted by her lawyer.
The 59-year-old British socialite, who has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging recruiting teenage girls for her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein for the purpose of sexual abuse, said she did not know where the bruise came from – but this may be due to his use of a sock or towel to protect his eyes.
Guards light up her prison cell every 15 minutes to make sure she is still breathing and has not attempted suicide, lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said.
Complaints are contained in a letter addressed to the judge of the district court in charge of the case.
The letter said guards at Brooklyn Prison where Maxwell is being held threatened to move her to separate accommodation if she couldn’t explain the bruise.
Ms Sternheim wrote: “Although Ms Maxwell is not aware of the cause of the bruise, as reported to medical and psychological staff, she has become increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards. for fear of retaliation, discipline and punitive drudgery. “
Judge Alison J Nathan said prosecutors must explain within a week if and why prison officials could subject Maxwell to “flashlight surveillance” and if she could receive “proper eye protection” .
Maxwell faces sex trafficking and other charges related to his alleged role in recruiting four teenage girls to be abused by financier Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
Last week she pleaded not guilty to all charges during his first appearance before a judge.
She has been in detention since her arrest in July 2020 in New Hampshire.
Her lawyers have previously said detention conditions compromised her preparation for a July 12 trial, but she has been denied bail three times over concerns about a risk of absconding.
Her lawyers had offered a $ 28.5million (£ 20million) guarantee, round-the-clock armed guards and a promise from Maxwell – an American citizen – that she would renounce her British and French nationality.
Epstein committed suicide in prison in August 2019 while awaiting his own sex trafficking trial.