Ghislaine Maxwell’s Christmas dinner menu in New York cell revealed

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  • Ghislaine Maxwell
    Ghislaine Maxwell
    Socialite
  • Jeffrey Epstein
    American financier
 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

Ghislaine Maxwell will mark Christmas Day and her 60th behind bars tomorrow with a meatloaf and mashed potatoes dinner.

The accused sex trafficker is in legal limbo as jurors in her US trial were sent home and will not resume deliberations until Monday.

British socialite Maxwell denies six counts of recruiting and transporting underage girls on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein, her former boyfriend and convicted sex offender.

The federal Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, where she has been held since her arrest in July 2020, has been described by a judge as a “hell hole” and “like a third-world country”.

But the prison’s yuletide menu includes beef meatloaf, gravy, mashed potatoes, tuna, potato chips, fresh fruit” and vegetable juice.

The jail does not appear to allow weekend visits, which will mean Maxwell will spend the holiday alone.

According to a former guard, prisoners are traditionally given Christmas gifts of socks and peanuts.

Ex-jailer Cameron Lindsay warned that Maxwell could be a target in prison, if convicted of aiding billionaire paedophile Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.

Maxwell’s lawyers have complained about the “onerous” conditions in her 10ft x 12ft cell, where they say she is deprived of food and must contend with rats running in through the sewers.

Maxwell kisses Epstein on the cheek (US Department of Justice/PA) (PA Media)
Maxwell kisses Epstein on the cheek (US Department of Justice/PA) (PA Media)

Her older brother Ian claims her incarceration in virtual solitary confinement while having a flashlight regularly shone into her cell at night had weakened Maxwell’s physical and mental state and made it difficult for her to give evidence in her own defence.

In 2018, three prison officers at the Metropolitan Detention Centre were convicted of sexual abusing female inmates.

Maxwell was seen warmly hugging her legal team before being escorted out of the Thurgood Marshall courthouse on Wednesday evening.

She waved to her sister Isabel who was sitting in the public gallery, but is banned from contact with anyone other than her attorneys.

The jury of six men and six women have now deliberated for 16 hours and 20 minutes.

They were given the option to continue discussions on Thursday but declined as some had already made holiday plans after originally being told the court would not sit so close to Christmas.

Maxwell, who was labelled “dangerous” and a “predator” by the prosecution, is accused of luring vulnerable young girls to massage rooms to be molested by Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004.

The defence told the Southern District of New York court that she is being prosecuted as a scapegoat as a result of the sex trafficking charges against Epstein being dissolved following his death.

Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell at a federal jail in Manhattan in August 2019 while he awaited trial on sex-trafficking charges.

His death was ruled a suicide.

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