This first photo of Ghislaine Maxwell since her arrest shows the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein bruised and virtually unrecognisable.
A lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell on Thursday released the first photograph of the accused sex trafficker since she was arrested last year, showing the former socialite with a bruise under her eye.
The photo of Ms Maxwell was included in a letter filed in her Manhattan federal criminal case by her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim, who wrote that the apparent injury has caused friction between her and guards at the jail, the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn.
“Last night, she was confronted by MDC staff due a visible bruise over her left eye,” Ms Sternheim wrote in the letter.
“No guard addressed the bruise until Ms Maxwell, who has no mirror, caught a reflection of her aching eye in the glean of a nail clipper. At that point, MDC staff confronted Ms Maxwell regarding the source of the bruise, threatening to place her in the SHU if she did not reveal how she got it,” she added, referring to the special housing unit.
“She may have been in that stage of half sleep while being tortured with shining lights. Please keep in mind that it’s been 10 months of bad sleep, inedible food, and undrinkable water in solitary confinement. For absolutely no reason. How would you look?” Markus added.
Maxwell is awaiting trial for sex trafficking and other charges related to her allegedly procuring underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s.
She has pleaded not guilty and faces trial later this year.This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission