Ghislaine Maxwell has claimed she no longer showers because ‘creepy’ prison guards stare at her when she does.
The alleged sex offender has spoken out for the first time in jail and has reportedly described hellish conditions at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Centre.
Maxwell is accused of being the right-hand woman to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead inside the same jail two years ago.
The 59-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges of helping Epstein recruit and sexually abuse teenage girls from 1994 to 2004.
Maxwell has now claimed rats would visit her while she went to the toilet via an open sewer and guards would watch her as she showered.
She spoke to the Daily Mail over her time behind bars: “I used to take a shower every day but I’ve stopped because of the creepy guards who stand close and stare at me the whole time.”
She added: “I used to go to the loo with an open sewer drain and a friendly rat would regularly visit.
“I told the guards, but nothing was done until the rat popped out and charged a guard who screamed in terror.
“Finally, the sewer drain was covered.”
She was denied bail for the fourth time last week ahead of her trial set to take place later this month.
Bobbi Sternheim, her attorney, argued in their fourth bail application that Maxwell has been been ‘subjected to physical and emotional abuse by jail guards’, according to NBC.
They also claimed she had been living in ‘poor and unsanitary living conditions’ while inside the jail, and the detention centre has been providing ‘insufficient nutrition’ and she has been suffering from ‘sleep deprivation’.
Prosecutors responded saying the bail application ‘turns to rhetoric and anecdotes better suited to tabloids than briefs. Where legal arguments can be found, they are cursory and unpersuasive’.
US District Judge Alison J Nathan said the nature of the charges against Maxwell, and the extreme risk of her fleeing if she had home detention, were enough grounds to refuse the submission for bail.
The judge confirmed Maxwell will be transported to her upcoming trial ‘in a way that is humane, proper, and consistent with security protocols’.
Her trial is due to begin on November 29.