Ghislaine Maxwell is awarded just $13.70 compensation after pursuing ‘child sex abuse victim’ who sued her then dropped case to join Jeffrey Epstein compensation fund instead
- Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, won her case on Wednesday when a judge ordered one of her accusers to pay $13.70 in legal expenses
- Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger filed papers in May seeking compensation from Jane Doe for filing fees and ‘search and printing cost’
- The 59-year-old was able to recoup costs because Jane Doe voluntarily dropped her lawsuit against Maxwell when she joined an out-of-court settlement
- Jane Doe filed a lawsuit in 2020 claiming to be Jeffery Epstein’s first victim meeting him when she was 13 years old
- The former socialite has been awaiting her November trial in a New York jail since her arrest last year
Ghislaine Maxwell has been awarded $13.70 from a woman who accused her of sexual abuse, then dropped the case to join the Jeffrey Epstein compensation fund.
The judge ordered that Maxwell’s accuser, anonymized in court papers as Jane Doe, to pay $5 in court docketing fees as well as $8.70 in ‘other costs.’ The latter appears to be what the federal court system charged her for reading an 87-page document online at 10 cents a page, according to Bloomberg.
In May, Maxwell’s lawyer Laura Menninger filed papers seeking compensation from Jane Doe for filing fees and ‘search and printing cost.’
When the case was first filed Jane Doe’s attorney Robert Glassman told the Daily News that Maxwell was being petty: ‘It wasn’t enough for Ms. Maxwell to abuse young women. Now, despite being in jail for that abuse, she is going after one of her victims for $13.70 from behind bars. It’s crazy,’ he said.
In a rare win, Ghislaine Maxwell has been awarded $13.70 from one of her accusers after Maxwell’s lawyers filed a suit in May to recoup legal fees after Jane Doe voluntarily dropped the case and joined an out-of-court settlement. Maxwell is pictured in a court sketch from April 2021
Ghislaine Maxwell in a court sketch during her arraignment hearing on a new indictment at Manhattan Federal Court in April. Her lawyer has claimed vermin droppings fell from air vents and raw sewage ‘permeated’ her cell in the latest complaint about her Brooklyn jail conditions
The legal action seems particularly petty considering Maxwell’s claim in previous court filings that she is worth more than $20 million.
Jane Doe filed a lawsuit in 2020 claiming to be Jeffery Epstein’s first victim.
The woman was first introduced to Epstein by Maxwell when she was 13 years old while attending Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.
In the suit she describes Maxwell as acting like ‘an older sister’ taking her to movies and shopping while also frequently making references to sex in preparation to be sexually abused by the couple.
The woman eventually dropped her case taking an out-of-court settlement that involved a compensation fund for victims. Due to her voluntary dismissal of the case, Maxwell was legally allowed to recoup costs.
It remains unclear why she decided to do so.
Maxwell, 59, has been held behind bars at the Brooklyn jail since her arrest on July 2 2020 on federal sex trafficking charges.
She is expected to stand trial in November accused of procuring girls as young as 14 for convicted pedophile Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
The British-born socialite denies the allegations and has tried – and failed – five times to convince a judge to release her on bail, citing the allegedly squalid jail conditions.
Maxwell’s defense team and family have filed a litany of complaints about her treatment in the detention center.
Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein in 2005. Maxwell is accused of procuring girls as young as 14 for convicted pedophile Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004
Earlier this month, her family claimed conditions breached United Nation rules around caring for prisoners as she had been ‘subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’
They have previously claimed she is woken by guards every 15 minutes shining a light into her cell to check on her.
They also said her cell stinks of sewage and lacks drinkable water.
In April, her attorneys released a photo of Maxwell sporting a black eye inside the jail. They said she did not know how she got it but that it could have been from shielding her eyes in an attempt to sleep.
Her attorneys have branded her treatment ‘the Epstein effect’, as the Bureau of Prisons is under pressure to prevent her committing suicide after Epstein died on their watch in his cell.
Maxwell’s lawyers released a photo of Ghislaine Maxwell with a bruise under her left eye in April. It is not clear how she got the bruise, but Maxwell told lawyers it might have come from shielding her eyes during the nighttime checks
Prosecutors dispute the allegations that she is being treated differently to other inmates.
Maxwell was denied bail for a fifth time on June 2 – marking the second rejection by the appeals court, following three other rejections by her trial judge.
In the latest bail quest, Maxwell’s lawyers asked the appeals court to at least order the lower-court judge to conduct a hearing where evidence related to bail could be shown. The 2nd Circuit rejected that, too.
Maxwell’s trial was initially set to begin next month, however the trial date was pushed back after her lawyers requested more time to prepare.
Her trial is now expected to begin November 29.
A courtroom sketch of Maxwell from July. Maxwell, 59, has been held behind bars at the Brooklyn jail since her arrest on July 2 2020 on federal sex trafficking charges
She was arrested on July 2 when federal agents swooped on her home in Bradford, New Hampshire, aptly named Tuckedaway.
She was charged with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.
The charges relate to the alleged grooming of three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein across London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Prosecutors say Maxwell also took part in some of the abuse herself.
Epstein (with Maxwell in the early 2000s) died by suicide at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan August 2019 while awaiting trial
In March, another indictment added a fourth teenage girl to the allegations and extended the years of the alleged conspiracy to 2004.
Two of the four women who say they were abused by Maxwell and Epstein say they were just 14 when they were recruited for sex.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all charges and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to stand trial in November for multiple criminal charges including sex trafficking
Epstein was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan August 2019 while awaiting trial.
He had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.
His death was ruled a suicide but his attorneys and some family members claim he was murdered to stop him from sharing what he knows about other high profile, powerful people.
The couple’s friends included Prince Andrew – who has been forced to withdraw from public life over the scandal. They were also close to Bill Clinton, and Epstein met Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates multiple times too.
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