US prosecutors say Ghislaine Maxwell is "fully vaccinated" against COVID-19 and in good physical health, as Jeffrey Epstein's former associate and girlfriend prepares for trial on charges she helped enable his sexual abuse of girls.
In a letter to US District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, prosecutors dispute claims the 59-year-old British socialite has suffered from hair and weight loss while been subjected to restrictive conditions and invasive searches at the Brooklyn jail that has housed her since last July.
They say Metropolitan Detention Center staff have not detected "noticeable hair loss", that the 170-centimetre Maxwell weighed 62 kilograms last week, and her lowest recorded weight of 60kg was normal.
"In short, MDC medical staff assess that the defendant is physically healthy," the letter from US Attorney Audrey Strauss and other prosecutors said. It did not say when Maxwell was vaccinated.
Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Prosecutors said Maxwell was subjected to regular searches like other inmates at the Brooklyn jail, and has up to 91 hours a week to review materials for trial, more than any inmate.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997.
She is awaiting arraignment on a March 29 indictment accusing her of sex trafficking of a fourth girl on Epstein's behalf from 2001 to 2004.
A trial is scheduled for July 12.
Epstein, a financier, killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trail on sex trafficking charges.
Australian Associated Press