Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking

6/28/2022 9:33:00 PM

Prosecutors had argued that Maxwell deserved between 30 and 55 years in prison for playing an 'instrumental' role in helping Epstein abuse young girls

BREAKING: Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted last year of trafficking young girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to abuse for the course of a decade, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Prosecutors had argued that Maxwell deserved between 30 and 55 years in prison for playing an 'instrumental' role in helping Epstein abuse young girls

Nathan noted that a ‘substantial sentence’ was warranted before handing down the 20-year sentence.Maxwell, 60, donning a short bob haircut, a blue long-sleeve jumpsuit with a long-sleeve shirt underneath it and a mask, repeatedly took sips of water as the hearing got underway.

In her statements, she said she hoped the victims would find ‘pleasure’ in her ‘conviction and harsh incarceration.’Maxwell was be sentenced on three counts: sex trafficking, conspiracy and transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.

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US District Judge Alison Nathan, while preparing to issue her sentence, said that ‘Ms Maxwell directly and repeatedly and over the course of many years participated in a horrific scheme’ to traffic and abuse girls. Nathan noted that a ‘substantial sentence’ was warranted before handing down the 20-year sentence.. Several of her accusers, including some who testified during her trial, addressed the judge in the Manhattan federal court house Tuesday, Nathan said at the top of the hearing that she had memorandums from the defense and prosecutors, letters from Maxwell’s loved ones, a psychiatric evaluation of Maxwell and victim impact statements. Maxwell, who was labelled ‘dangerous’ by the prosecution during her three-week trial last year was convicted of convicted of sex trafficking minors, conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Maxwell, 60, donning a short bob haircut, a blue long-sleeve jumpsuit with a long-sleeve shirt underneath it and a mask, repeatedly took sips of water as the hearing got underway. Maxwell, who was labelled "dangerous" by the prosecution during her three-week trial last year, helped entice vulnerable teenagers to the disgraced financier's various properties for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004. Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrives in shackles to her sentencing hearing in a courtroom sketch (Picture: Reuters) When asked by the judge if she reviewed the case material, she replied: ‘I did have an opportunity to read it. Her testimony piles new humiliation on Andrew as.

’ She would later address the victims, also referring to herself as a ‘victim of helping Jeffrey Epstein. The socialite was convicted in December last year of sex trafficking minors, conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Her attorneys had also previously moved for a retrial after it emerged one of the jurors in her trial had failed to disclose he was a victim of sexual abuse, but her conviction was upheld.’ In her statements, she said she hoped the victims would find ‘pleasure’ in her ‘conviction and harsh incarceration.’ Judge Nathan had ruled that federal guidelines called for a sentence within the range of about 15 to 19 years, about half of what the government recommended. Maxwell's defence attorneys sought a delay to sentencing proceedings through a motion filed on Saturday, in which they said she had been placed on "suicide watch" and was "not permitted to possess and review legal documents". Federal prosecutors had also asked Nathan to give Maxwell between 30 and 55 years in prison for playing an ‘instrumental’ role in helping Epstein, her once-boyfriend and longtime business partner, sexually abuse girls from 1994 to 2004. Other accusers, Annie Farmer, who was 16 when she met Maxwell and Kate, who used a pseudonym have been told their statements can be orally read to the court. Maxwell was be sentenced on three counts: sex trafficking, conspiracy and transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity. She has been held in a US jail since her arrest in July 2020.

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell argue she shouldn’t have to pay for Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes with a lengthy prison sentence (Picture: SDNY/ZUMA Press Wire/REX) Prosecutors have asked the judge to hold the British socialite accountable for her ‘disturbing role in an extensive child exploitation scheme.’ ‘Maxwell was an adult who made her own choices. Picture: Alamy Despite not being part of the indictment, the victim impact statement of the Duke of York's accuser, Virginia Giuffre, is due to be read to the court where she says Maxwell "opened the door to hell". The statutory maximum term she can serve in total is 65 years. She made the choice to sexually exploit numerous underage girls. She made the choice to conspire with Epstein for years, working as partners in crime and causing devastating harm to vulnerable victims,’ prosecutors wrote in a June 22 sentencing memo. Other accusers, Annie Farmer and Kate, have been told their statements can be orally read to the court, whereas five others were told they could only submit them in a written format. Attorneys for Maxwell argued last week that she should spend no more than five years in prison and shouldn’t have to pay for Epstein’s crimes . She also told jurors how Epstein would use sex toys on her ‘even though it hurt’ and did not tell anyone about the abuse because she was ‘terrified’.

Maxwell has maintained her innocence ever since her July 2020 arrest, which took place almost a year after Epstein, 66, was found dead by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting his own sex-trafficking trial. The statutory maximum term Maxwell can serve in total is 65 years. Ghislaine Maxwell drawn by the courtroom sketch artist as the guilty verdict in her sex abuse trial is read (Picture: Reuters) Her attorneys pushed for leniency in her sentencing, saying she should receive a punishment ‘well below’ the 20 years recommended by federal probation authorities. ‘Ms Maxwell cannot and should not bear all the punishment for which Epstein should have been held responsible,’ her legal team said.. The third accuser, who testified under the pseudonym ‘Kate’, said she had a schoolgirl outfit laid out for her by Maxwell before a sexualised massage with Epstein. Her lawyers also say that her life has been difficult and she has already suffered through terrible jail conditions since her arrest in 2020. ‘Ghislaine Maxwell is not an heiress, villain, or vapid socialite. by design" at Epstein's properties, where staff were told to "see nothing, hear nothing and say nothing".

She has worked hard her entire life. The death was ruled a suicide. She has energy, drive, commitment, a strong work ethic, and desire to do good in the world,’ the lawyers said. Picture: Alamy One of Maxwell's accusers, who testified under the pseudonym "Jane", told jurors that as well as luring her to an orgy at the age of 14, the defendant and Epstein would fondle each other and giggle in front of her. Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell said she deserves to only receive four to five years in prison due to the role her traumatic childhood played in her falling ‘victim’ to Jeffrey Epstein (Picture: PA) They also said that she is deserving of a more lenient sentencing because of her difficult childhood with an ‘overbearing, narcissistic and demanding father.’ Her attorneys said that, because of her own traumatic childhood, she was ‘vulnerable to Epstein, whom she met right after her father’s death. Maxwell's trial also heard how she told another accuser, who testified under the pseudonym "Carolyn", that she had a "great body for Epstein and his friends".’ ‘It is the biggest mistake she made in her life and one that she has not and never will repeat.

’ In their sentencing paperwork, prosecutors blasted the defense’s request for leniency. Jurors also heard how Carolyn had been introduced to the predatory pair through Ms Giuffre, and that she had been in the same room while Epstein and Ms Giuffre had sex. ‘Ghislaine Maxwell sexually exploited young girls for years. It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of her crimes and the harm she caused. Kate said the defendant then told her to take Epstein his tea in the outfit, and when asked by the accuser why the outfit was on her bed, Maxwell said she "thought it would be fun". Her crimes demand justice,’ they argued. ‘The government urges the court to impose a sentence within the applicable guidelines range of 360 to 660 months’ imprisonment. The only accuser to testify under her full name, Annie Farmer, told jurors she was left "frozen" when the socialite asked her to undress for a massage and rubbed her breasts.

’ They added: ‘Maxwell’s conduct was shockingly predatory. She was a calculating, sophisticated, and dangerous criminal who preyed on vulnerable young girls and groomed them for sexual abuse. Maxwell's defence counsel had attempted to distance her from Epstein, but a series of photographs showed the close relationship the pair had.’ While probation authorities, and lawyers on both sides, make sentencing recommendations, the decision rested with Judge Nathan, who in her decision said that the case demanded a substantial sentence. ‘A substantial sentence will send an unmistakable message that those who engage in the sexual abuse and trafficking of underage victims will be held accountable by the law,’ Nathan said. The death was ruled a suicide. This is a breaking news story, check back for updates… Sign Up for Get your need-to-know latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and more Sign up .