Sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell jailed for 65 years

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is facing up to 65 years in prison for luring young girls to a massage room to be molested by Jeffrey Epstein. The 60-year-old, who was dubbed “dangerous” by prosecutors during a three-week trial last year, helped lure vulnerable teens to various assets of the disgraced financier for sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004.

Maxwell’s victims are set to tell the court in the Southern District of New York about his “relentless and insatiable drive to satisfy Epstein’s sexual needs” and his “repetition” to testify during the trial. The daughter of former newspaper baron Robert Maxwell was convicted in December last year of sex trafficking of minors, conspiracy to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, and conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. was convicted.

He was also found guilty of conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. Maxwell’s defense attorneys sought a delay in sentencing proceedings through a motion filed on Saturday, which they said was placed on “suicide surveillance” and “allowed to hold and review legal documents”. Wasn’t”.

Her lawyers had previously gone to trial again after it emerged that one of the jurors at her trial had failed to disclose that she was the victim of sexual abuse, but her conviction was upheld. Despite not being part of the indictment, the victim impact statement of the Duke of York’s plaintiff, Virginia Giuffre, is to be read in court, where she says that Maxwell “opened the door to hell”. Prince Andrew has always strongly denied Ms Giuffre’s allegations.

The other accused, Annie Farmer and Kate, are told that their statements can be read orally in court, while five others were told they can only submit them in a written format. In their submissions to the sentencing, prosecutors urged Judge Alison Nathan to impose sentences of between 30 and 55 years for Maxwell’s crimes. Maxwell’s statutory maximum term is 65 years.

The Duke of York’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre
(image: PA)

Throughout the trial, the court heard how it imposed a “culture of silence … by design” on Epstein’s properties, where employees were told to “see nothing, hear nothing, and say nothing”. was. One of Maxwell’s charges, who testified under the pseudonym “Jane”, told jurors that the defendant and Epstein loved each other while luring her to an orgy when she was 14 and He used to laugh in front of him.

She also told jurors how Epstein would use sex toys on her “even if it hurt” and did not tell anyone about the abuse because she was “intimidated” and “feeling gross and ashamed.” “. Maxwell’s trial also recounted how he told another accuser, who testified under the pseudonym “Caroline,” that he had “a great body for Epstein and his friends.”

Carolyn said the defendant touched her breasts in Epstein’s massage room before telling her she had a “fantastic body type.” Jurors also heard how Caroline was introduced to the predatory couple through Ms. Giuffre, and that she was in the same room when Epstein and Ms. Giuffre had sex.

The third accuser, who testified under the pseudonym “Kate”, said that a schoolgirl dress was made for her by Maxwell before a sexual massage with Epstein. Kate said the defendant then told her to take her tea in the dress to Epstein, and when the accuser asked why the dress was on her bed, Maxwell said she “thought it would be fun”.

A Series Of Photographs Show The Close Relationship Between Maxwell And Epstein
A series of photographs show the close relationship between Maxwell and Epstein
(image: PA)

The jury was told that Maxwell asked Kate if she knew of anyone who could come to her house and give Epstein oral sex because it was “too much for her”. Annie Farmer, the only accused who testified under her full name, told jurors that she was left “frozen” when the socialite asked her to undress for a massage and rub her breasts.

Ms Farmer said the defendant encouraged her to get a massage after she was 16 years old after teaching her to rub Epstein’s feet. Maxwell’s defense attorney attempted to distance her from Epstein, but a series of photographs showed the pair’s close relationship.

Epstein was found dead in his cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges at a federal prison in Manhattan. The death was ruled a suicide. Maxwell, who has been in a US prison since his arrest in July 2020, will be sentenced this morning (Tuesday, June 28).

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