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Sam Bankman-Fried ordered to same 'Silence of the Lambs' jail that held Ghislaine Maxwell
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Sam Bankman-Fried ordered to same 'Silence of the Lambs' jail that held Ghislaine Maxwell

Founder of defunct crypto-currency trading platform FTX Sam Bankman-Fried has been ordered into the same Brooklyn, New York, jail that once housed alleged Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell.

Bankman-Fried was ordered to jail after having his bail revoked over allegations of tampering and interfering with witnesses and will stay for several weeks ahead of his October 2, 2023, trial date.

The Metropolitan Detention Center is a facility that has faced continuous scrutiny for its conditions, along with complaints from the attorneys of high-profile detainees such as exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui and Epstein associate Maxwell.

The New York Post reported that Maxwell's lawyers called the facility “reprehensible and utterly inappropriate" in 2021 and said that raw sewage had leaked into her cell.

In court filings, the attorneys also reportedly compared conditions to that of the 1991 movie “The Silence of the Lambs,” “despite the absence of the cage and plastic face guard.”

Guo's lawyers reportedly called the facility “an extraordinarily dangerous environment.”

In 2019, an electrical fire caused the facility to have no heat or lighting, leaving inmates to suffer from temperatures that reached single digits.

Other troubles reported by the New York Post included staffing shortages and maggot-infested food.

A federal judge in New York revoked Bankman-Fried's bail, which allowed him to be on house arrest at his parents' home, after prosecutors argued that he tampered with witnesses.

Prosecutors alleged that Bankman-Fried made over 1,000 phone calls to reporters along with having sent over 100 emails to the media ahead of his trial. In one instance, he allegedly leaked pages from the private diary of his girlfriend Caroline Ellison to the New York Times in an attempt to discredit her testimony.

Ellison was reported to be likely working with federal prosecutors in December 2022, with Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams saying that numerous unnamed people were cooperating with federal authorities.

The New York Times reported that Bankman-Fried had tried to interfere with witnesses in the case by giving documents to reporters two seperate times.

"He has gone up to the line over and over again, and I am going to revoke bail,” Judge Kaplan said of the crypto mogul.

One of Bankman-Fried's lawyers, Mark Cohen, said that he intended to appeal the revocation.

The judge then reportedly said that he wasn't going to wait for the outcome of an appeal before putting the FTX founder in jail.

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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