Maxwell Appeals to Second Circuit for Bail; Disputes Strength of Case, Honesty of Accusers, and Conditions at MDC

Editor’s Note: Largely as an exercise in monitoring due process, Frank Report continues to report on the prosecution of Ghislaine Maxwell. Other than that she is presumptively innocent, Frank Report makes no comment on her alleged crimes or the veracity of her accusers. It is, of course, nonsense to say that all accusers, if of a certain gender, must be believed. Accusations must go through the same due process that is required in the US Constitution regardless of gender. It is, therefore, in that spirit — the spirit that Ghislaine Maxwell may be innocent or guilty — that these reports are written. All other reports I have observed in any media are written with the absolute assumption that she is guilty. Of course, the entire universe of media may be right and she is guilty, but I see no harm in writing stories about her case that presume she might be innocent and that the government might be guilty of lying and so should be held to strict account.

Even if she is guilty, it won’t hurt for one website to write about the case without the omniscient knowledge that the rest of the media possesses – they know she is guilty before she goes to trial – and let due process take its course.  This is not about Ghislaine Maxwell, it is about due process. It is not about the need for her to be punished before she goes to trial, it is about the conditions of her detention and whether she can have due process in detention and the way detention is devised by our American system of justice.  I know a lot of people will be outraged that anyone would even dare consider allotting to Maxwell even the slightest presumption of innocence. That too is an object of my study and reporting. 

The Metropolitan Detention Center

As she approaches her 300th day in solitary confinement at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, Ghislaine Maxwell is appealing US District Court Judge Alison Nathan’s denial of bail to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

At a minimum, Maxwell is requesting the case be remanded to the district court for a bail hearing to test the strength of the government’s case.

The government opposes Maxwell’s bail, arguing she’s a flight risk, partly because, they claim, their case is strong enough that Maxwell will have an incentive to flee.

Maxwell proposed a bail package – $28.5 million in cash and securities, which included electronic tagging and being watched by armed guards while under house arrest in the NY area. She has also offered to renounce her French and U.K. citizenships. She is also a US citizen.

The appeal of her bail denial, filed by Maxwell’s attorney, David Oscar Markus, is based on an original indictment which contained allegations of three anonymous women who claim Maxwell groomed and trafficked them to Jeffrey Epstein sometime between 1994 to 1997, when they were under the age of consent.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in happier days.

Epstein died under curious circumstances in August 2019 while in federal custody at the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC), a near-twin sister to the MDC facility. There is a lingering question of whether he committed suicide or was assassinated. Though the government assures the public it was suicide, a majority of Americans surveyed think he was murdered. Evidence suggests their suspicions may not be misplaced.

Maxwell was not charged until 11 months after Epstein died.

A new Maxwell indictment contains allegations from a fourth anonymous alleged victim, who claims she was 14 when Maxwell trafficked her to Epstein beginning in 2001.

In her appeal, Maxwell’s attorney argues:

  • “…the “additional charges” do not “strengthen the evidence against Maxwell” and do not “further support Judge Nathan’s detention orders.” The new charges are allegations, nothing more. Piling allegation on allegation and then calling it proof does not make it so. Allegations are not evidence. Moreover, these charges will require Ms. Maxwell to spend more time with her lawyers, not less, and further illustrate why bail is necessary.”

Brave Women or Money-Driven Liars?

The government says the case is essentially four “brave women who are victims of serious crimes,” whose “recollections … bear striking resemblances that corroborate each other and provide compelling proof of [Maxwell’s] active participation in a disturbing scheme to groom and sexually abuse minor girls.”

Maxwell’s appeal disputes this:

  • Contrary to the Government’s assertion, “[e]ach witness’s testimony” is not “corroborated by that of other victim-witnesses.” The Government continues to press the false point that the mere number of accusers provides corroboration for the accusers. To the contrary, not a single one of the anonymous accusers saw or heard what purportedly happened to the other accusers. Not a single one of the anonymous accusers will be able to corroborate the 25-year old stories of the other accusers. Indeed, their stories are contradictory, not corroborating. At a real hearing, the defense will demonstrate that each of the witness’ stories has dramatically changed over the years. At first, none of the anonymous accusers even mentioned Ms. Maxwell. As they hired the same law firm, sought money and fame, joined a movement, and only after Epstein died, did the accusers start to point the finger at Ms. Maxwell. Far from corroboration, this is fabrication. The district judge erred in relying on the Indictment as proof that the Government’s case is strong.”

Was She Hiding?

Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 in an FBI raid of her secluded New Hampshire estate. The defense claims she was not hiding from the government during the almost one year between Epstein’s death and her arrest. She was retreating from public life to protect her family from a “lynch mob” mentality in the media.

The government admits it knew where she was and could have arrested her whenever it chose. Her arrest coincided with a press conference where an FBI agent said the government had been “discreetly keeping tabs” on her whereabouts throughout their year-long investigation.

Her attorney wrote in her appeal:

  • Ms. Maxwell’s intention to evade the media does not even marginally amount to risk of flight. The Government does not dispute that the media placed a bounty on Ms. Maxwell or that she was being stalked by them before her arrest. Of course, she took measures to protect herself and her family, just as government lawyers and judges do when their safety is at issue. Ms. Maxwell was at her home in the United States. The Government admits that it knew where she was. It had such confidence that it could arrest her whenever it chose that it orchestrated her arrest to coincide with a press conference replete with incendiary demonstrative aids.”

Can She Prepare for Trial at MDC?

The main issue of the appeal is whether Maxwell can prepare for trial effectively at MDC.

She is in de facto solitary confinement, the only prisoner on her floor. She is managed by a team of guards and surveilled by multiple cameras 24 hours per day.

The government contends Maxwell is provided with

  1. a “day room,”
  2. two computers,
  3. recreation
  4. eye masks
  5. she receives more time than other inmates to “review her discovery”
  6. and “communicate with her attorneys”
  7. she is not abused by guards
  8. she has a comfortable cell
  9. gets decent food
  10. her health is monitored

Her attorney wrote in the appeal:

  • The District Court accepted, without any real inquiry, the self-serving Government letters. These letters describe a “prison paradise,” not one of the most notorious prisons in America. A “day room.” Two computers. Recreation. Eye masks. But the Government’s description of Ms. Maxwell’s conditions is not true. For example, she has no eye mask. The guards flash lights in her cell every 15 minutes for no reason so she tries as best as she can to shield her eyes with a towel that is not secured and not effective against the unwelcome beams.

Prosecutors, however, stated in court filings that the flashlight searches are “required to confirm that the defendant is not in distress every fifteen minutes. To do so, staff point a flashlight to the ceiling of the defendant’s cell to illuminate the cell sufficiently to confirm that the defendant is breathing.”

Her defense team and family have described the conditions of her detention.
  1. She lives in a 6×9 foot cell with a concrete bed and toilet.
  2. She is not permitted into the corners of the cell and must remain a minimum of 2.5ft from the cell door.
  3. There is no flat surface in her cell for her to work on legal documents for the long hours she is confined there.
  4. The drinking water is full of contaminants
  5. The food is inedible. Food has been fed to her on plastic trays that have melted when exposed to microwaved heating, making the food inedible and unsafe. Food is served with mold on it at times.
  6. There is no natural light in the cell, only fluorescent lights so bright that they hurt her eyes.
  7. Two walls of the cell are external masonry block walls with no insulation. Depending on the temperature it can lead to condensation on the walls by the bed.
  8. Guards rotate every two weeks and each shift has different expectations and practices that conflict with other teams.

The government says she gets to leave her cell and go to a special “day room” designed to accommodate her need to prepare for her case and that there is a special room for attorneys and her to meet privately.

Inside MDC

The Cell

The defense claims: At times the stench in Maxwell’s cell has been overwhelming due to the overflowing of toilets in the cellblock above. Maxwell refrains from using the toilet in her cell because she is being watched by guards and filmed at all times. As directed by the guards, she flushes the toilet frequently to avoid plumbing problems even though she rarely uses the toilet.

In her cell, she has no flat surface to write on.

Day Room

The defense describes the day room:

There are three drains, and when the plumbing system goes unused, gases escape from the drains and cause a pervasive stench of sewage.  At times, the stench is apparent upon entering the visiting area where attorneys come to meet her. Guards flush pipes by pouring water down open drains in an effort to trap and disperse gaseous emissions.

The drinking water is cloudy, and seemingly unsanitary. The guards drink bottled water.

Glue tracks have been placed in Maxwell’s day area to help remediate the problem of cockroaches and rodents.


Lawyer Visiting Room

The in-person lawyer visits with Maxwell occur in a room where chairs abut glass walls and a table, with no room in between. Because of the tight space, Maxwell and counsel are required to wedge their bodies into chairs.

There is no opportunity to view electronic discovery or exchange documents.

They must wear face masks, while crammed on either side of a plexiglass divider, under surveillance of three guards and a handheld camera. The free exchange of confidential information is said to be inhibited.

Since the entire area is permeated with mold, HEPA filters were installed to filter out harmful particles in the legal visiting room so that lawyers are not exposed to the same risk of airborne disease and infection that Maxwell faces.


Maxwell was provided with two computers. However, apparently due to their age, they are unable to search documents, mark, save, or print. She has no access to a printer.

The defense claims MDC improperly deleted Maxwell’s legal emails. A Federal Express envelope from the government was not given to Maxwell until two weeks after it was sent, containing a discovery disc that was unreadable.


Maxwell has not experienced sunshine and fresh air for eight months. There is, however, an interior gated pen where Maxwell can exercise which is referred to as “outside.” Barely a breeze permeates that area. When she avails herself of this opportunity she is subject to searches.

Was She Abused by a Guard?

An incident of physical abuse was reported when Maxwell claims she was shoved into her isolation cell by a guard to be searched. It was reported to MDC Legal and the Court.

According to her defense, Maxwell was facing forward in front of an officer whose back was in front of a handheld camera. It is not known if the camera was recording. The government claims it was and the Bureau of Prisons said they reviewed the video of the incident and concluded there was no abuse. The prosecutors did not mention if they watched the video.

The defense has requested that the Court direct the government to provide them with the video, which they suggest may not exist.


The government, arguing about the safe, sanitary and satisfactory conditions at MDC, revealed that Maxwell was vaccinated. The release of that information is, the defense argues, in violation of HIPAA.


Her lawyers and family say her eyesight is failing, and her hair is thinning. She lost 20 pounds and cannot sleep properly because of the lights and the guards.

O’Hara Has Something to Say

Nxivm American Greed Joe OHara
Joe O’Hara

Joe Ohara, who spent time as an inmate at MDC wrote, “I know the area where Ghislaine Maxwell is being held — and it is, unfortunately, just like most of the other areas in the East Tower at MDC.  Many of the complaints that her family members have raised sound quite familiar — and are likely 100% accurate.

“Example: The overhead fluorescent lights are still so bright after the 10:00 PM ‘Lights Out’ that many inmates find it difficult to sleep (One of my first ‘side hustles’ at MDC was making ‘sleep shades’ out of old sweatshirts and pillow stuffing for other inmates).

“The fact that Ghislaine has been isolated from other inmates for so long is probably the thing that is most affecting her ability to prepare for trial. It’s hard to explain to anyone who has never experienced any level of solitary confinement just how much long-term isolation can affect a person — both physically and mentally.

“MDC is definitely not for the faint of heart — nor the faint of anything. And adding isolation on top of everything else there does seem to border on ‘cruel and unusual’.

“It would be one thing if she asked to be isolated for her own safety (That’s not all that rare at a place like MDC). But to impose that on her under the guise of protecting her from herself strikes me as a self-serving way for the Feds to push her towards a plea deal.”

David Oscar Markus

Maxwell’s lawyer agrees.

“The real reason she’s not being granted bail is not because of any real risk of flight. No one’s afraid she’s going to really run,” Markus said. “The government wants to keep her in custody to torture her, to break her down.”

It remains to be seen how the appeal plays out. But an evidentiary hearing on the true conditions of MDC might be well worth the effort and perhaps astoundingly revelatory.


By the way, Markus may be one of the premier lawyers in the USA, a man unafraid of the government and willing to fight for due process even in unpopular cases, such as Maxwell, where everyone has already decided she is guilty and where few see a need for the trial phase of the process, seeking instead the expediency of moving right to the sentencing phase.

Markus has written pieces in the Washington PostUSA TodayMiami HeraldNew York Daily News, Newsmax, and others.  In one op-ed, he explains how the government frequently and unjustly prosecutes doctors.  In another, he argues that cameras should be permitted in federal courtrooms as a check on prosecutors and judges.

He is also a contributor for The Hill:

If you look at some of the unpopular causes he espouses, you may understand why he is taking on the most unpopular cause of all – providing defense to a woman who everyone knows is guilty and opposes her being allowed to mount a defense.

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  • Epstein’s death was such a blow to his victims and their need for justice. She is indeed a flight risk, and the government would be foolish to release her before trial.

  • I hate the way most media assume everyone is guilty before trials. On this, the jury will decide. I think she is being used as a substitute for Epstein.

      • In 1990 American journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that Robert Maxwell was a spy for the Israeli Mossad.
        Maxwell responded by suing Hersh.

        Within 3 weeks Maxwell mysteriously died after falling off his yacht “The Lady Ghislaine”.
        How did Maxwell die?

        Heart attack?
        A Mossad Hit team?

        Within a year of Maxwell’s death his lawyers withdrew the lawsuit against Hersh.
        Within two years of Maxwell’s death Ghislaine was in New York working for Epstein’s sex trafficking/blackmail operation.

        • Shadowstate-

          Re Robert Maxwell and Israel Mossad:

          Normally I don’t like to encourage your vitriol Israeli hate-mongering, but history is on your side this time. Israel has a history of courting Billionaires for espionage like Marc Rich, the billionaire fugitive, who received a pardon from Bill Clinton.

          You should know our own government as well as all the other major powers, have done similar things.

  • She’s guilty. Stop writing a out her being innocence or even the chance of her getting out of prison. She is there forever.

    I don’t care about due process. It’s just words. The woman is guilty she took thousands of little girls and sold them to Prince Andrew to Trump. Clinton. Took these children to an island and there was Satanic rituals. You are defending Satan.

    And you want due process for Satan ?

  • Seems to be how the US now operates. Innocent until proven guilty is not possible if you are already being treated as if you are guilty by being locked away in a dungeon that smells of sewage.

    The Judge should be embarrassed she’s allowed this to go on. It’s an embarrassment to US freedom and democracy to treat its citizens in this way.

    Remember, as it stands as of this moment in time, this is an innocent woman being treated like an animal. Shame on the Judge, shame on the Prosecution, and shame on the American public for allowing these civil rights violations to transpire in its justice system. No wonder the US has become the laughing stock for the rest of the World.

    Prisons in progressive European countries (Sweden, Germany, etc.) are much more effective and humane (not to mention better accommodations than US public housing)

    Why it is said that the US is a ‘free’ country is beyond me. In reality, it’s quite the opposite in fact.

    • America could fit both those countries in its butt. Size matters if you’re talking populations in the legal system.

      We want guns. We want freedom to do and to have lots of things. That leads to people crossing lines and ending up in jail.

      Countries with the death penalty for drugs and beating for graffiti do have fewer people in jail. They are dead. Or in camps. Like North Korea. And China.

      We could just make it more of a free for all. Drugs and guns for everyone everywhere all the time?

      Or in this woman’s case, make child predators legal.

      Or maybe adults could keep their filthy hands off of American children? And enjoy the massive freedoms that they already have?

      • We should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Is this women being treated in a way you are ok with?

        • Yes.

          Jail and prison suck. They are punitive. Everyone under watch has a concrete bed. It is for the inmates’ own safety. Most inmates would ( and do) literally kill to be housed alone. Call her bluff. Put her in gen pop. She won’t last a day. She will be begging for her old single cell.

          Do you think there is MORE privacy in a large women’s dorm? She’s lucky she has actual clothes instead of the dreaded suicide smock. And no shoes. Or paper clothes.

          Americans can always decriminalize more behavior etc. But they freak at that suggestion.

          With great freedom comes great responsibility.

          Act right.

          If you are an adult, have sex with other adults. If you cannot maintain that simple law, move to another country or pay the consequences.

          The legal system IS flawed. Jail is awful. Prison slightly less awful.

          Kids, stay out of the system.

          • I hear you. Guess the follow-up question is should that jail/prison shitty treatment be handed out prior to being found guilty?

    • —Prisons in progressive European countries (Sweden, Germany, etc.)

      Progressivist policies are incredible beneficial and pay long lasting dividends.

      Progressive immigration allowing immigrants into Germany and Sweden has worked on an unprecedented level.

      “A government-backed analysis of the German state of Lower Saxony, which has taken the fourth-highest number of asylum seekers, showed there was an increase of violent crime by 10.4% between 2014 and 2016.”—Germany

      “Based on 33 per cent of the population (2017), 58 per cent of those suspect for total crime on reasonable grounds are migrants. Regarding murder, manslaughter and attempted murder, the figures are 73 per cent, while the proportion of robbery is 70 per cent. Non-registered migrants are linked to about 13 per cent of total crime. Given the fact that this group is small, crime propensity among non-registered migrants is significant.”—Sweden

  • It occurred to me that Frank is kind of an Upton Sinclair type. Sinclair was the first true investigative journalist. Back then, people referred to Sinclair as the Muck Raker. Back in the day ‘Muck Raker’ was a complimentary moniker. The term investigative-journalist had not yet been coined.

    I hadn’t thought of Sinclair or James Joyce for over 30 years. It’s weird when something pops into your head after so much time passes.

    My favorite author from that turn of the century era is James Thurber.

  • This case has always bothered me. Why didn’t’ they seek to indict her WITH Jeffrey Epstein instead of waiting until he died?

    At least this has brought to light an ongoing point of shame of our criminal justice system. Mainly, how we treat those in our jails and prisons. Don’t get me wrong, I do not believe in coddling prisoners but nor should they be tortured and in fear of their lives on a daily basis. The prisons are hopelessly overcrowded and dangerous, not just for the inmates but the guards as well.

    Sleep deprivation is a well-documented torture. Your mind and body begin to break down and used in the extreme, this can lead to death. We’re not talking about a couple of missed nights. We are talking about weeks and months of little to no sleep.

    If she is guilty of the crimes she has been accused of, she should be sentenced appropriately. Until then, she should at least be treated as human and not some demon spawn.

  • I believe that a bail package exists that would assure her appearance in court.

    1) She would surrender her UK and French passports.

    2) She would renounce her UK and French citizenship and sign a form to officially waive her extradition from any of those countries.

    3) She would be guarded by a team of commandos from Seal Team Six, who would be authorized to use Karate on her if she runs (they could give her karate kicks in her gut or face, if she runs, using non lethal force).

    4) The commandos would be armed with guns loaded with sleep darts, not bullets, so lethal force would not be necessary.

    5) A team of ferocious, police-tracking canines would be stationed out front, 24 hours per day. All of these dogs would be given her scent ahead of time. They’d bite her arm and drag her to the ground if she runs. Again, this is non-lethal force and legal.

    6) She’d be given a special ankle monitor made of titanium, impossible to cut off, custom made for $100,000.

    7) She’d agree to be chained, like an animal, to an immovable metal table in the center of the home (the table would weigh at least 1,000 pounds). The chain would be 50 feet long, so she could move around the house and toilet areas freely. The chain would be made of titanium.

    8) The home would be protected by anti-cell phone devices, which block all cell phone signals, so she couldn’t contact anybody with a hidden phone to plan a getaway.

    9) All visitors would agree to be strip-searched and body-cavity-searched, allowing authorities to reach up their butts to search for hidden contraband or cell phones.

    10) She’d agree to foot the bill for all of this shit.

    Done deal.

    I believe this would ensure her appearance in court.

    Claviger can start drawing up the paperwork.

  • The “sewage stench issue” is a non-issue. I’m intimately familiar with the “problem” because of my job.

    Floor drains, like all drains, have a trap. It’s a u-shaped pipe that stays full of water, thus preventing fragrant sewer gas entering the building. When drains aren’t used much (like floor drains) the water can evaporate leaving no barrier to that fragrant gas.

    It’s an easy fix. Pour water down the drain filling the trap and hey presto you’re good to go.

    Most of Maxwell’s lawyer’s motion seems to be this kind of molehills into mountains hyperbole. Cry me a freakin’ river.

    And yes I agree she’s innocent until proven guilty. There’s still a public necessity to arrest and detain people pending trial. And jails aren’t nice places.

  • The Nxivm investigation and prosecution started only after reports in the media about terrible things that happened in the cult. The Government only acted after the stench became unbearable. Same with Ghislaine. The Miami Herald did a phenomenal job in getting information from a sealed civil case to be made public. Ghislaine fought with all she had to keep everything under seal. This took years. She lost. She is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, just like in Keith’s trial. The victims will “bring the house down” with their testimony, just as Camilla did at Keith’s sentencing. And now there are four instead of one…

  • The woman is guilty. Why are you writing about it? It is not right. You are retraumatizing the girls who were abused. There should be a law against this. The crazy idea that taxpayers should even have to pay for her trial is crazy. There is no due process for the guilty, She’s guilty.

    • If there is no due process, there is no real justice. How do you determine who is guilty and who has been wrongly accused? I’m not saying she’s innocent, she most likely had at least knowledge of what was happening and did nothing to stop it. That being said, we do not have the right to simply declare someone guilty in the court of public opinion and make it fact. We do not have a stellar track record when it comes to sending the right people to jail, especially in the case of minorities. Due process must be applied to everyone, no matter how heinous the crime.

      We must also take care to protect the victims, always, and sometimes that is a hard balancing act and sometimes we fail and I can’t imagine their pain when we do. However if we, as a country proceed as you suggest, we would no longer be able to be described as a free country.

    • “There is no due process for the guilty”

      I find that statement positively chilling. The TV tells you she’s guilty, so she should be thrown in prison without a trial because it’s expensive? How positively preposterous that is.

    • No, but in honor of Ghislaine’s plight, the men of this blog (led by Frank himself) will be dancing instead. Think The Full Monty. Dance rehearsals start at 1900 hours tomorrow night. We will also be selling a twelve-month Men of Frank Report calendar featuring “Guylateral” contributed by each of our regulars. All proceeds go to the “Save Ghislaine” fund.

    • Yes. In fact, Nicki was dancing out there last Friday by herself, she posted it on Instagram:

      So, I hope that she is doing this for the actual cause and Keith didn’t send her on some fool’s errand. The cause itself is quite appropriate, MDC is a shithole and CoVID has made it even worse. But I fear that she is still misguided in her actions. Her problem is credibility. If she would leave Raniere, she may actually gain some traction in the fight for this cause.

  • Why does no one care about these issues until it’s a wealthy white pedophile? Or another wealthy white pedophile?

    Or, going off of the list supplied at the bottom, two cheating old white wealthy women? Or a wealthy white male political figure? Or another white politician who is also wealthy?

    All of whom had every advantage any USA citizen could dream of in a legal defence?

    If you really care about criminal justice reform, pick better cases. Pick better people. Pick people who cannot afford attorneys and publicists.

    • This is a good case to study – despite your racism – because people will pay attention.

      If it happens to a white “pedophile” (see you already judge her guilty), it is happening to poor black people as well.

      This is the perfect case to study – and for you – an excellent chance to look at your own appalling lack of understanding of due process.

      • No matter what skin color or tax bracket, we should all stand united as US citizens and residents (literally “us”) to use this case to push for prison reform and judicial reform. It is appalling and a nightmare on every level from Constitutional rights to the idea of redemption and reform. Certainly, those without deep pockets are railroaded through the system, of which defense attorneys or legal aid attorneys are complicit to push for a plea bargain with their friendly counterparts versus a deep dive into the facts and circumstances to stand trial and create reasonable doubt. Prison itself breeds hardened criminals, gangs, mental illness and health issues. If we don’t treat people with humanity with the opportunity to be healthy, be productive and better themselves, then we will never get reform. All crimes are not equal and should not be treated as such. Murderers, rapists, pedophiles are not the same as the corner boy or liquor store robbery or breaking into cars. We should have more mental institutions for criminal sociopaths and sadists. We should have drug and alcohol rehab “prison” for addicts to get clean, address the root cause and learn how to thrive. We should teach people that came from poverty, neglect and abuse how to build a solid, productive, healthy foundation and receive workforce development training so they have something purposeful to do and a means to survive. (If we had a functioning educational system and social work system, then prison wouldn’t have to provide these life skills.) Rapists, murderers and pedophiles need their own programs and likely shouldn’t be back into society, but they should be given purposeful productivity to contribute to society and being of service. If we offered all of this to criminals and they still committed crimes after getting out, then throw them in an MDC to rot. As for cases like Maxwell, this is a prime example of lacking a moral code and, at a minimum, being complicit by doing nothing or worse by being an active recruiter. Perhaps, she felt like this is just what men with means do with less fortunate girls, but at least they are getting something material out of it and to question would be creating drama and harming her own opportunities. She may have even felt misguided that this gave her equality to men, considering the time of these alleged crimes. Times have changed and she is being portrayed as guilty by being, at a minimum, an enabler and at maximum a sex trafficker and abuser. Either way, she is guilty of something and this is exactly how plea deals come to be saving time and money.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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