Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted in New York in late 2021 of sex trafficking of minors on behalf of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, is asking for clemency from the American judiciary, who are scheduled to announce her sentence on June 28.
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In a motion filed Wednesday night in Manhattan federal court, attorneys for Ms. Maxwell, 60, who faces up to 40 years in prison, are asking that the judge not exceed 20 years in prison.
The advice of the daughter of British media mogul Robert Maxwell (died 1991) and accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein – who committed suicide in August 2019 before his trial for sex crimes against minors in New York prison – cites the responsibility and harmful influence of these two men Their customers.
Born and raised in a hyper-privileged environment in the United Kingdom, Ghislaine Maxwell, a former figure of the international jet set who holds triple British, French and American citizenship, “had a difficult, traumatic childhood with an authoritarian, narcissistic and demanding father,” argues the Defense.
“It made her vulnerable to Epstein, whom she met shortly after her father’s death. This is the biggest mistake of his life,” writes New York attorney Bobbi Sternheim.
Two weeks before the June 28 sentencing by the Manhattan court, the defense recalled that Jeffrey Epstein was “the mastermind, the principal aggressor and the director of crimes committed on his own account.”
Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on December 29 of five of the six charges against her, including the most aggravated sex trafficking of minors on behalf of Epstein. She met the latter in the United States shortly after the death of Robert Maxwell, who mysteriously fell off his yacht in 1991.
Ghislaine Mawxell and Jeffrey Epstein formed a couple and then were collaborators and accomplices for 30 years.
The multi-millionaire financier with powerful business and political networks in the United States and abroad was himself accused of raping young girls, but his suicide ended public lawsuits against him.
Arrested in the northeastern United States in the summer of 2020, a year after Epstein’s death, Maxwell is incarcerated in New York.
In a separate part of this filing with international ramifications, Britain’s Prince Andrew, friend of the Maxwell-Epstein couple, on Feb. 15 sealed an amicable settlement — for $13 million, according to the Daily Telegraph — with American Virginia Giuffre, herself a victim of the couple who accused her of sexually abusing her when she was a minor in 2001.
The British royal family has thus avoided a noisy and embarrassing civil lawsuit in New York.