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Ghislaine Maxwell offers to renounce French, UK citizenship in exchange for bail

The Hill logo The Hill 2/24/2021 Jordan Williams
a person posing for the camera: Ghislaine Maxwell offers to renounce French, UK citizenship in exchange for bail © Getty Images Ghislaine Maxwell offers to renounce French, UK citizenship in exchange for bail

Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of aiding Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking of minors, is offering to renounce her French and British citizenships in her third bid to be released from prison on bail.

In a court filing on Tuesday published byCourthouse News, Maxwell's attorneys wrote that Maxwell is a U.S. citizen, and has no desire to leave the country.

"Ms. Maxwell will renounce her French and British citizenship to eliminate any opportunity for her to seek refuge in those countries, if the Court so requires," the filing states.

Maxwell's attorneys also offered to have her and her husband's assets placed in an account that would be monitored to ensure that their assets would not be used for flight or harboring outside of the court's jurisdictions.

"To deny Ms. Maxwell bail when such extraordinary and restrictive conditions are available would be a miscarriage of justice," the filing stated.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges before her, and is set to stand trial in July for aiding in Epstein's trafficking.

Her attorneys wrote in a court filing last week that Maxwell is "withering to a shell of her former self - losing weight, losing hair, and losing her ability to concentrate" as she awaits her trial.

ABC News noted that a federal judge denied Maxwell's second attempt at pretrial release in December.

Maxwell has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since July 2020, the news outlet noted.

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