Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges of child sex trafficking during a bail hearing on Tuesday. She appeared in a Manhattan courtroom via CCTV video from jail.
Manhattan federal judge Alison Nathan said Maxwell is a “substantial risk of flight.” The judge added “the risks are simply too great” to release Maxwell on house arrest with an ankle monitor.
Judge Nathan said Maxwell could simply remove the ankle monitor and flee the country back to Europe.
The judge noted Maxwell has access to $20 million in foreign bank accounts that she has not accounted for.
Maxwell was ordered to be detained without bond pending trial on July 12, 2021.
The 58-year-old British socialite was arrested on July 2 at her million-dollar hideaway in New Hampshire.
Maxwell was Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam who procured young girls for parties at Epstein’s home and on his private island.
The convicted pedophile committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell last year.
Maxwell is under heavy guard and on suicide watch at a Brooklyn lockup.