[/news/ghislainemaxwell/index.html Ghislaine Maxwell] refused to open the front door to the FBI when they raided her $1million home and fled to another room in the house, prosecutors claimed today.
The alleged chief recruiter for [/news/jeffrey_epstein/index.html Jeffrey Epstein] fled to another room and was seen 'quickly shutting a door behind her'.
The FBI smashed down the door and discovered a mobile phone wrapped in tin foil which prosecutors called a 'seemingly misguided effort to evade detection' by law enforcement.
New York prosecutors said this was evidence that Maxwell was 'skilled at living in hiding' and should be denied bail.
Maxwell, 58, will appear in court Tuesday where a judge will decide if she can be freed.
Ghislaine Maxwell refused to open the front door to the FBI and tried to flee to another room when they raided her $1million home, prosecutors claimed Monday
The FBI smashed down the door and discovered a mobile phone wrapped in tin foil which prosecutors called a 'seemingly misguided effort to evade detection'
Currently she is being held in the fortress-like Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where she is wearing paper clothes to ensure she doesn't kill herself.
Epstein hanged himself last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges and the Department of Justice wants to ensure she does not do the same.
Maxwell is accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend as well as his procurer.
Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York outlined their case against Maxwell's bail in a 19- page document filed Monday.
Maxwell had offered a $5million bond co-signed by two of her sisters and backed up by more than $3.75million in property in the UK.
She would be confined to a home in the New York area, surrender all her travel documents and thuê xe ô tô be subject to GPS monitoring.
But prosecutors argued nothing would ensure that somebody with three passports, including for France which has no extradition treaty with the UK, would suffice.
They said that her conduct during the 8:30am raid on July 2 at the property called 'Tuckedaway' in the rural town of Bradford, New Hampshire was 'troubling'.
They wrote that when the FBI arrived they were confronted by a locked gate which they forced their way through.
The filing said: 'As the agents approached the front door to the main house, they announced themselves as FBI agents and directed the defendant to open the door.
'Through a window, the agents saw the defendant ignore the direction to open the door and, instead, try to flee to another room in the house, quickly shutting a door behind her.
Agents were ultimately forced to breach the door in order to enter the house to arrest the defendant, who was found in an interior room in the house.
'Moreover, as the agents conducted a security sweep of the house, they also noticed a cell phone wrapped in tin foil on top of a desk, a seemingly misguided effort to evade detection, not by the press or public, which of course would have no ability to trace her phone or intercept her communications, but by law enforcement'.
New York prosecutors said in a filing Monday this was evidence that Maxwell was 'skilled at living in hiding' and should be denied bail
After Maxwell, the daughter of late newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, was arrested the FBI spoke to a security guard who worked on the property who said that her brother had hired him from a company staffed with former British military soldiers.
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