Ghislaine Maxwell's Treatment to Be Reported to United Nations, Brother Says

Ghislaine Maxwell's family will report the U.S. to the United Nations over her jail conditions, her brother says.

The British socialite will go before a jury at the end of the month accused of sex trafficking underage girls for New York financier Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. She has pleaded not guilty.

Ian Maxwell, her brother, went on BBC Radio 4 in Britain to accuse the U.S. authorities of treating her "abominably."

He said: "Her voice has not been heard, not just because she's been banged up in isolation and treated abominably, by any system.

"I think it's been designed to break her and to weaken her and to make it very hard for her to be able to concentrate and prepare adequately for trial.

"I don't think anybody has really taken this on board or indeed really cares. So the family are not going to leave it there.

"We are taking steps to lodge a complaint with the UN working group on arbitrary detention because America needs to be held to account for the way that it is choosing to discriminate against my sister, and indeed many others for that matter, who are in pre-trial detention.

"But the treatment meted out to Ghislaine has been appalling, appalling."

Maxwell is Epstein's former lover and the indictment accuses her of undressing in front of his underage victims, normalizing sexual behavior around them.

It contains allegations from four women who have detailed abuse that took place between 1994 and 2004, according to court filings.

Ian Maxwell said his sister had been subject to trial by media and friends will not speak out publicly for fear of being canceled.

He told Radio 4: "Look, Ghislaine continues to have many friends. I know this because we receive mail, emails, letters and so forth from her friends but we live in a world where people are canceled for friendship of this type.

"Friends of hers have lost their jobs. A man who is helping us, very much behind the scenes in the news handling and so on, has lost two board positions because it's become known that he is somehow assisting the family.

"What you have here are people who have got livelihoods jobs, families and so on and they can't take the risk of being associated with my sister."

Her brother acknowledged he had not spoken to her since June 10, 2019, at an event in London marking what would have been their father's birthday.

U.K. media mogul Robert Maxwell died in November 1991, after falling from his yacht.

Ian Maxwell said Ghislaine's twin sisters have also been helping with her defense, while he has been doing media appearances.

He said she would not have been prosecuted had it not been for Epstein's death in a jail cell awaiting trial in August 2019.

He told the BBC: "I think there's a very strong likelihood that she would not be in the position that she finds herself in had he lived."

Addressing the charges against his sister, he added: "They are horrible, they are not just serious, they are horrible. They are the worst kind of allegations you could have.

"I'm not here to minimize the seriousness of these charges. What I am here to say is that these are charges that go back between 20 to 27 years old, charges that Epstein himself never faced."

Ghislaine Maxwell in New York City
Ghislaine Maxwell, seen at the Rosa Cha Post-Show Celebration party at Man Ray, in New York City, on September 19, 2002, is facing sex trafficking charges. Her brother Ian Maxwell says friends have snubbed her for fear of being cancelled. Mark Mainz/Getty Images