Ghislaine Maxwell has refuted claims that she doesn’t flush the toilet in her cell and said she does so ‘frequently.’
The British socialite said that she ‘flushes frequently to avoid plumbing problems’ at the direction of guards in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Maxwell said if the pipes go unused then ‘gases escape from the drains’ which causes a ‘pervasive stench.’
She blamed the smell on overflowing toilets in the cell block above hers which she said caused an ‘overwhelming’ odor.
The letter from Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim came the day after prosecutors alleged that Maxwell’s cell stank because she didn’t flush her toilet.
Prosecutors claimed that guards ordered Maxwell to clean her cell ‘in response to the smell and the dirtiness’.
Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged ‘madam’ for Jeffrey Epstein, was told off by guards at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for failing to flush her toilet
Prosecutors said, in a letter filed in federal court, that the British socialite ‘frequently did not flush her toilet after using it, which caused the cell to smell’
The dispute marks a bizarre escalation in the row about Maxwell’s conditions in prison since she was arrested in July last year for allegedly procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein.
In her letter Sternheim said that problems with a smell at the MDC ‘long predate’ Maxwell’s time there.
A picture depicts a typical ADMAX SHU cell and show the bunk bed, shower, seating area, and combination toilet and sink fixture at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn
Using a toilet-related pun, Sternheim said that the claims by the prosecutors gave her the chance to ‘flush out the persistent unsanitary conditions at the MDC’.
She wrote: ‘This past weekend there was a pervasive stench of sewage in Ms. Maxwell’s unit necessitating guards to flush pipes by pouring water down open drains in an effort to trap and disperse gaseous emissions.
‘As guards explained to Ms. Maxwell, there are three drains in the day area, and when the plumbing system goes unused, gases escape from the drains and cause the stench.
‘At times the stench in Ms. Maxwell’s isolation cell has been overwhelming due to overflowing of toilets in the cell block above.
‘Due to lack of privacy, Ms. Maxwell refrains from using the toilet in the isolation cell and, as directed by the guards, she flushes frequently to avoid plumbing problems. At times, the stench is apparent upon entering the visiting area.’
The letter did not specify where Maxwell does go to relieve herself, though has access to another part of the prison during the days.
Sternheim said that ‘to suggest she (Maxwell) willingly lives in squalor is absurd’ and alleged that guards use cleaning as a ‘punishment to wield power’.
She wrote: ‘The MDC – especially the East Building where Ms. Maxwell is held – is permeated with mold and vermin.
‘Cockroaches and rodents are plentiful and glue tracks have been placed in Ms. Maxwell’s day area to help remediate the problem’.
Maxwell’s lawyers have previously claimed that while in the MDC she has lost weight, hair and hours of sleep every night because she is subject to searches of her cell by flashlight every 15 minutes.
Prosecutors rejected this and said that guards had seen no evidence of hair loss and that Maxwell’s weight was within a normal range.
Sternheim claimed that Maxwell’s health was ‘deteriorating’ because she had ‘not experienced sunshine and fresh air for the past eight months’.
The dispute marks a bizarre escalation in the row about Maxwell’s conditions in prison since she was arrested in July last year for allegedly procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein
The letter complained that calling the interior gated part of the prison that Maxwell could exercise in as outside was unfair because ‘barely a breeze permeates that area’.
The letter from Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim came the day after prosecutors alleged that Maxwell’s cell stank because she didn’t flush her toilet
Sternheim also objected to the prosecution revealing that Maxwell had been given the coronavirus vaccine as it was a breach of her privacy.
Other issues include the slow delivery of mail and Sternehim said that Maxwell got a copy of the New York Times dated in October in mid-March.
Sternheim disputed the prosecution claim that Maxwell has an eye mask to shield her eyes from the torchlit searches at night time.
Maxwell was not even asleep as prosecutors claimed and mere ‘chooses not to respond to guards’ as a ‘respite from having to engage with them’
Sternheim dismissed the prosecution update about Maxwell’s conditions as ‘Yelp-worth’, referring to the online review website.
She wrote: ‘But it does not justify Ms. Maxwell’s inappropriate detention’.
Maxwell was initially charged with six counts alleging she brought girls as young as 14 to Epstein and in some cases took part in the abuse.
She is also charged with perjury in a separate civil case.
Last month she was hit with two new charges, sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all the first six counts and will be arraigned on the latest two later this month.