Ghislaine Maxwell faces 65 years in jail in sex trafficking offences sentencing
Ghislaine Maxwell will today be sentenced for sex trafficking offences after she was found guilty of grooming underage girls for the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Loading audio...Victims of Maxwell are set to tell the court in the Southern District of New York of her "relentless and insatiable drive to meet the sexual needs of Epstein" and their "retraumatisation" over having to give evidence during the trial.
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".Maxwell, who was labelled "dangerous" by the prosecution during her three-week trial last year, helped entice vulnerable teenagers to Epstein's various properties for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
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Picture: Alamy By Lauren Lewis Listen to this article Loading audio.Listen to this article Loading audio.: 22:52, 25 Jun 2022 PRINCE Andrew has been dragged back into the Ghislaine Maxwell case — as another victim told of her trauma at seeing his photo with Virginia Giuffre.By Joe Pike, news correspondent in New York Tuesday 28 June 2022 02:46, UK Ghislaine Maxwell will be sentenced on Tuesday following her conviction on five counts of sex trafficking.
... The 60-year-old British socialite faces up to 65 years in prison for luring young girls to massage rooms to be molested by Epstein.” The snap shows Andrew at Maxwell’s London townhouse in 2001 as Maxwell grins behind them. 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. The former girlfriend of the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of sex trafficking in December. Victims of Maxwell are set to tell the court in the Southern District of New York of her "relentless and insatiable drive to meet the sexual needs of Epstein" and their "retraumatisation" over having to give evidence during the trial. Advertisement Some lawyers estimate more than 160 women and girls may have been victims of 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." Prosecutors are hoping to secure at least a 30-year sentence for Maxwell in the wake of her conviction of five charges. She was also found guilty of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. 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". Four women testified during her trial at the end of last year, describing sexual attacks on teenage girls between 1994 and 2004 by Maxwell and Epstein at the latter's homes in New York, New Mexico, Florida and the Virgin Islands. 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. She has been held in a US jail since her arrest in July 2020. Picture: Alamy Epstein killed himself in August 2019 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial. Government prosecutors are pushing for Ghislaine Maxwell to be sentenced to between 30 and 55 years which would mean she would likely die in jail.
Maxwell, who was labelled "dangerous" by the prosecution during her three-week trial last year, helped entice vulnerable teenagers to Epstein's various properties for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004. 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". Sarah Ransome said she attempted to take her own life twice after the trauma of being a "sex toy" for Epstein, Maxwell and others, saying she once thought about jumping into shark-infested waters from a cliff at Epstein's Virgin Islands estate. Andrew has always strenuously denied Ms Giuffre's allegations. 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. Read more: Ghislaine Maxwell should serve over 30 years for 'monstrous' sex crimes, prosecutors say "Ghislaine, like a wolf in sheep's clothing, you used your femininity to betray us, and you led us all through it," she said. In their sentencing submissions, prosecutors urged Judge Alison Nathan to impose a sentence of between 30 and 55 years for Maxwell's crimes. Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers claim her weight has dropped by 20lbs (9kg) and she has suffered hair loss.
The statutory maximum term Maxwell can serve in total is 65 years. "You could've called the authorities and reported that you were a part of something awful. Throughout the trial, the court heard how she imposed a "culture of silence.... by design" at Epstein's properties, where staff were told to "see nothing, hear nothing and say nothing". Ghislaine, you deserve to spend the rest of your life in a jail cell.
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. 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." Ms Sternheim asked for a sentence no longer than five years. 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" and "felt gross and ashamed". 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". Carolyn said the defendant had touched her breasts in Epstein's massage room before telling her she had a "great body type".
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. 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. 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". The jury was told Maxwell asked Kate if she knew of anyone who could come to her house and give Epstein oral sex because it was "a lot for her to do". 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.
Ms Farmer said the defendant encouraged her to have a massage after teaching her how to rub Epstein's feet at the age of 16. Maxwell's defence counsel had attempted to distance her from Epstein, but a series of photographs showed the close relationship the pair had. Epstein was found dead in his cell at a federal jail in Manhattan in August 2019 while he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. The death was ruled a suicide. .