#minorsextrafficking | Ghislaine Maxwell speaks out about creepy guards and sewer rats in jail | World | News

On the eve of her trial in New York on Monday, the former British socialite, 59, said conditions in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre are so bad a rat would sit beside an open sewer as she went to the toilet in her cell. 

In an interview with a British newspaper published today, Prince Andrew’s one-time friend declared: “I used to go to the loo with an open sewer drain and a friendly rat would regularly visit. 

“I told the guards, but nothing was done until the rat popped out and charged a guard who screamed in terror. Finally, the sewer drain was covered.” 

Maxwell, who claims “barbaric” prison conditions on remand have caused her hair to fall out as well as weight loss, impaired vision and an inability to concentrate, is facing six charges, including sex trafficking of children, enticement of minors and perjury. 

If convicted, she could face up to 80 years behind bars. 

Federal prosecutors claim that between 1994 and 2004, she “assisted, facilitated and contributed to” her late boss – and Prince Andrew’s friend – Jeffrey Epstein abusing children as young as 14. She has denied all charges. 

Maxwell has also managed to assemble a notable team of lawyers to fight her case, including “super attorney” Bobbi Sternheim, who has defended terrorists including Minh Quang Pham, who was jailed for plotting to blow up Heathrow Airport in 2016. 

The daughter of late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, who plundered a fortune from his company’s pension fund, has revealed in court papers that she has set aside the huge sum of $7 million – about £5.2m – to cover legal costs. 

During a failed bail application, she also disclosed that she and tech entrepreneur Scott Borgerson – her husband of five years – have a combined worth of $22.5 million, or roughly £16.7m. 

Jury selection in the case begins tomorrow (Monday) in the Manhattan courthouse with lawyers for both sides questioning 60 potential jurors who have been whittled down from an original pool of 600. 

Opening statements in the trial, which is expected to last six weeks, are scheduled for November 29. 

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