In describing the impact of an emotional victim read in court for Maxwell’s sentencing, Ms. Geffery expressed her pain and sorrow at being approached by 60-year-old Epstein for abuse.
The British socialite, which was labeled “dangerous” by the prosecution during its three-week trial last year, helped persuade the financier’s various properties between 1994 and 2004 to defame vulnerable young people. ۔
He will be sentenced on Tuesday afternoon and will face up to 55 years in prison for his crimes.
In a statement issued before the court hearing, Ms. Geffery spoke of the long-term effects of abuse on her, saying “unthinkable things” still have a “bad effect on me today.”
Addressing Maxwell directly, he said: “I want to be clear about one thing: without question, Jeffrey Epstein was a terrible pedo file.
“But I would never have met Jeffrey Epstein if it weren’t for you. For me, and for many others, you opened the door to hell.
“And then, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you deceived us using your femininity, and you guided us all.”
“When you did that, Ghuslin, you changed the course of our lives forever. You joked that you were like a new mother to us.
“As a woman, I think you understand the damage you were doing – the price you were paying us victims.”
The statement added that despite the “almost indescribable” pain, “I will never give up.”
Maxwell was convicted on December 29 by a federal jury in New York on five charges, including sex trafficking for Epstein’s recruitment and grooming of four girls between 1994 and 2004.
Read the full description of the impact of Virginia Geffery’s victims:
Your Honor, my name is Virginia Roberts Geffery. For more than two years, between the ages of 16 and 19, I was abused by Ghuslin Maxwell.
Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge and thank the police, FBI investigators, prosecutors and judges who have devoted their time and integrity to this case in the hope that victims and victims Set an example for
Now, if this pleases the court, I would like to address my victim’s statement of effect directly to Ghuslin Maxwell.
Ghislaine, 22 years ago, in the summer of 2000, you saw me at the Mar-a-Lago Hotel in Florida, and you made a choice. You chose to follow me and get me for Jeffrey Epstein.
A few hours later, you and he raped me together for the first time. Together you hurt me physically, mentally, sexually and emotionally.
Together, you did unimaginable things that still affect me today.
I want to be clear about one thing: without question, Jeffrey Epstein was a terrible pedo file. But I would never have met Jeffrey Epstein if it weren’t for you.
For me, and for many others, you have opened the door to hell.
And then, bathing, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you deceived us using your femininity, and you guided us all.
When you did that, Ghuslin, you changed the course of our lives forever. You joked that you are like a new mother to us.
As a woman, I think you understand the damage you were doing – the price you were paying us victims.
You could put an end to the rape, molestation, sickening manipulation that you organized, witnessed and even participated in.
You could have called the authorities to report that you were part of something terrible.
I was young and naive when we met, Ghasleen, but you knew. In fact, you were trusting him.
My life as a teenager had just begun. You took advantage of my hopes and ambitions and took it away from me.
Ghuslin, the pain you have inflicted on me is almost indescribable. I can’t sleep because of your choice and the world you have brought me into. Nightmares wake me up all the time.
In these dreams, I relive the horrible things you and others did to me and the things you forced me to do.
Those memories will never go away. I find it difficult to meet new people without asking if they are bothering me.
I do not allow my children to live in friends’ houses or walk alone on the street.
I’m not sure anyone would be close to them without me or my husband.
I am very vigilant, because I know that evil exists. You taught me that
Not a day goes by that I don’t ask, “Why?” Why, Ghuslin, did you enjoy bothering us so much?
I worry every day and night that you will escape it and escape punishment.
I will worry about it until you are brought to justice. And what should that justice be?
Ghuslin, you deserve to spend the rest of your life in a prison cell. You deserve to be trapped in a cage forever, just like you trapped your prey.
But, Ghuslin, I want you to know that, when you tried to break me, you didn’t succeed.
Despite you, I have become a woman who strives to do good in the world – a woman who, in her best days, feels she is making a difference.
I promise you: As long as you and criminals like you continue to suffer the weak, I will not stop standing and speaking.
Together, with the many other people you have abused, we will do everything we can to prevent poachers from stealing children’s innocence.
I will never give up. I will never go away If you ever get out of jail, I’ll keep watching you, making sure you never hurt anyone again.