Federal prosecutors slammed Ghislaine Maxwell’s offer to renounce her UK and French citizenship as “window dressing” as she makes a third attempt to be released on bail.
The government’s response comes after the longtime confidant of late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein suggested last month giving up her citizenships to prove she isn’t a flight risk if freed before trial.
“The defendant’s claimed ‘willingness to renounce her citizenship in both the United Kingdom and France is little more than window dressing,” US Attorney Audrey Strauss wrote Manhattan federal court Judge Alison Nathan.
The prosecutors noted in the letter that it would not even matter if Maxwell — who is also a naturalized US citizen — gave up her French citizenship because she committed the alleged crimes when she was a citizen of that country.
Strauss wrote that the government contacted the French Ministry of Justice “to understand the impact of the defendant’s offer to renounce her French citizenship on France’s categorical unwillingness to deport its own citizens for crimes they have committed.”
The French Ministry of Justice responded that Maxwell’s “offer to waive her French citizenship will not make her eligible to be extradited from France because, for purposes of extradition, nationality is assessed as of the time the charged offense was committed.”
The letter states that Maxwell’s “renunciation of her French citizenship in 2021 would not change the fact that she was a French citizen at the time she is alleged to have committed the charged crimes in the 1990s and 2016.”
The prosecutor urged Nathan to deny the British socialite’s third bail application, calling her “plain’ risk of flight.”
Lawyers for Maxwell — a longtime pal of Prince Andrew and the daughter of late disgraced British media mogul Robert Maxwell — has been trying to free her from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for months.
She has been locked up since her arrest in July, when she was tracked down at a New Hampshire property she had been hiding out in.
The fallen 59-year-old has griped about everything from the food to computers to harassment behind bars.
She is accused of acting as Epstein’s madam, allegedly procuring underage girls and young women for him to sexually abuse. She has pleaded not guilty.
Epstein was found hanged behind bars in the Manhattan Correctional Center in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex raps.