The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of five of the six counts of sex trafficking against him in connection with the late financial mogul Jeffrey epstein.
The verdict ended a month-long trial that exposed the sordid statements of four women who were Epstein’s victims, recruited by Maxwell, from the age of 14.
According to ABC News, the jury deliberated for five full days before releasing its final decision in court in Manhattan on December 29.
End of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial
While the final verdict was being read, the defendant showed no reaction behind a black mask. She listened standing with clasped hands as the jury withdrew and looked at her siblings as she herself was led out of the courtroom.
Maxwell, who asked to be called “Mrs. Maxwell” during the trial against her, could face a sentence of up to 70 years in prison for her complicity in Epstein’s brutal abuses at his mansions in Florida, New York and New Mexico. Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury that will be tried separately.
Justice for the victims of Epstein and Maxwell
“Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable: facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of minors. Crimes he committed with his longtime partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Esptein, “US Attorney Damian Williams, who investigated Maxwell’s case, wrote in a statement.
“The road to justice has been a very long one. But today, justice has been done, “added the prosecutor.
Ghislaine Maxwell has been in custody since July 2020 on charges of recruiting girls for Epstein, her boyfriend, who committed suicide in a New York jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial for illegal sexual acts. The crimes would have occurred between 1994 and 2004, according to the prosecution.
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