GHISLAINE Maxwell was allegedly abused by a guard and is "losing hair and withering to a shell" in jail, her lawyer claims.
Maxwell's attorney Bobbi Sternheim criticized her allegedly harsh jail conditions in a Manhattan Federal Court letter on Tuesday.
Jeffrey Epstein's ex-lover Maxwell – a disgraced former socialite who is facing up to 35 years in prison on sex-trafficking charges – is awaiting judgement in Manhattan federal court.
She has been held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in New York since last year and recently demanded access to her personal laptop after slamming jail computers as "too slow."
Court papers, filed Tuesday and obtained by the New York Post, revealed the letter to Judge Alison Nathan.
Sternheim wrote to Judge Alison Nathan: "Ms. Maxwell continues to be at the mercy of a revolving group of security officers who are used to guarding hundreds of inmates but now focus their undivided attention exclusively on one respectful, middle-aged female pretrial detainee.
“Recently, out of view of the security camera, Ms. Maxwell was placed in her isolation cell and physically abused during a pat down search.
"When she asked that the camera be used to capture the occurrence, a guard replied ‘no.’
"When Ms. Maxwell recoiled in pain and when she said she would report the mistreatment, she was threatened with disciplinary action."
The attorney added: "She is withering to a shell of her former self – losing weight, losing hair, and losing her ability to concentrate."
Sternheim also claimed Maxwell is suffering from sleep deprivation as jail guards check on her every 15 minutes.
He said Maxwell was ordered to scrub down a shower with a broom in response to her requesting the guard near her to be on camera, the letter reportedly states.
"Having been incarcerated in de facto solitary confinement for 225 days and monitored by two to six guards 24 hours a day with a handheld camera dedicated to capturing her every move," Sternheim wrote in the letter.
He added: "Except when it would record improper conduct on the part of the guards, it is not surprising that Ms. Maxwell feels she is detained under the control of the Bureau of "Pretrial Punishment.'"
Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 on charges that she recruited women and girls as young as 14 years old for Epstein to sexually abuse in the mid-1990s.
Approximately two months ago, Maxwell's lawyers also claimed the 59-year-old ex-socialite has been suffering weight loss in solitary confinement.
Her lawyers detailed her apparent deteriorating health in response to a letter from the federal Bureau of Prisons stating she is treated well at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Back in July 2020, The Sun exclusively revealed Maxwell was a "depressed loner" in jail and branded a "snooty rich b****" by her fellow inmates.
Maxwell was previously jailed at Merrimack County Jail in New Hampshire after the FBI busted her.
She stayed at the medium-security facility for four nights before moving to a prison in New York.
An insider told The Sun: "The general opinion of her at Merrimack was that she's a snooty rich b****. Nobody wanted anything to do with her.
"Inmates knew who she was. It's like high school – everyone gossips – but it doesn’t mean she's a celebrity. She was a depressed loner."
"Those involved in sex crimes against children are generally hated and have to group together so they don't get jumped," the source added.
The 58-year-old was reportedly on suicide watch at the jail before being moved to a New York prison, with guards watching her around the clock to make sure nothing happened to her.
This follows the death of her ex-lover Epstein, who killed himself in his cell while awaiting trial in 2019.
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