Ghislaine Maxwell barricaded herself in prison conference room, feds say


Ghislaine Maxwell used a cart full of legal documents to “barricade” herself inside a conference room at a Brooklyn lockup, causing a “security threat,” prosecutors have alleged. Maxwell has been allowed to meet with her lawyers in a virtual teleconference room at the Metropolitan Detention Center ahead of her trial on charges that she groomed underage rape victims for the dead pedophile. But at one of the meetings, Maxwell used a cart to hold legal documents “to barricade the door to the VTC room, thereby preventing MDC staff from being able to access the room,” Manhattan federal prosecutors alleged in a letter to a judge Monday. “Because of the security threat posed … the defendant is no longer permitted to bring the cart into the room,” the letter continued, noting that Maxwell can now only take in what she can carry for the hours-long, weekday meetings. The 59-year-old British socialite’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, fired back in a letter Tuesday accusing prosecutors of being unable to “resist the opportunity to gratuitously cast Ghislaine Maxwell in a negative light while it defends the Metropolitan Detention Center at all costs, regardless of the facts.”

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