Ghislaine Maxwell’s Brooklyn jail cell is an unsanitary mess because of a broken sewage system at the jail — not because she doesn’t flush her toilet, as prosecutors have claimed, her attorney claimed in a new letter.
Maxwell’s attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, was responding in the letter to prosecutors, who claimed the accused madam has let her cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center go down the toilet — in part, by not flushing.
“The government’s letter provides the opportunity to flush out the persistent unsanitary conditions at the MDC, which long predate Ms. Maxwell’s detention,” Sternheim wrote in the letter filed Wednesday night in her Manhattan federal court criminal case.
Sternheim then went into detail about alleged sewage problems at the jail.
“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,” Sternheim wrote.
“At times the stench in Ms. Maxwell’s isolation cell has been overwhelming due to overflowing of toilets in the cellblock above,” the letter states
Sternheim added that Maxwell tries not to use the bathroom in her cell, “due to lack of privacy,” but said she flushes her toilet frequently as the guards ask her to.
In their letter filed Tuesday, prosecutors — who are required to periodically update Judge Alison Nathan about her conditions at the MDC — alleged guards at the facility have forced her to clean the cell after she let it become “very dirty.”
“MDC staff directed the defendant to clean her cell because it had become very dirty. Among other things, MDC staff noted that the defendant frequently did not flush her toilet after using it, which caused the cell to smell,” they wrote.
Prosecutors painted a inaccurate, rosy picture of her conditions behind bars, revealing that she has been fully vaccinated and claiming she does not face harassment by guards, Sternheim wrote.
“The government’s review of the MDC may be Yelp-worthy, but it does not justify Ms.
Maxwell’s inappropriate detention,” her letter states.
Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 and charged in Manhattan federal court with procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse and lying about it under oath.
She was recently hit with two additional sex trafficking charges in a superseding indictment unsealed in March based on allegations by a fourth accuser.
She’s remained behind bars since her arrest and maintains her innocence.