Ghislaine Maxwell, guilty of sex trafficking, risks spending the rest of her life in prison

She risks spending the rest of her life in New York prison: Ex-socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted in late 2021 of sex trafficking minors on behalf of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, is expected to hear her verdict on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old former jet set personality and daughter of British press magnate Robert Maxwell, who has been jailed since her arrest in the United States in the summer of 2020, has so far exhausted all appeals in Manhattan Federal Court.

Despite a plea for clemency in mid-June for a sentence of less than 20 years, Ghislaine Maxwell faces up to 55 years in prison and prosecutors have already announced they face a minimum of 30 years in prison for his “responsibility” and “complete lack of remorse.” for his sex crimes.

Ghislaine Maxwell, guilty of sex trafficking, risks spending the rest of her life in prison

In the most recent trial, on Saturday, her lead attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, denounced the New York judge that her client had been “brutally (…) returned to solitary confinement in her prison.”

risk of suicide

The prison administration put the 60-year-old “under observation” because of suicidal tendencies, but “without justification” and a psychological report, on the contrary, “found that she was not suicidal,” according to the defense.

Ms Maxwell’s lawyers could therefore ask for a postponement of the sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

The latter also invoked, to no avail, the responsibility and damaging influence of Ghislaine Maxwell’s father, Robert Maxwell – who died in 1991 when he mysteriously fell off his yacht – and Jeffrey Epstein, the American multi-millionaire financier who committed suicide in prison committed in New York in August 2019 at the age of 66 before his trial for sex crimes against a minor.

Ghislaine Maxwell, who has triple British, American and French citizenship, was found guilty by Manhattan federal court on December 29, specifically of sex trafficking of underage girls.

Ghislaine Maxwell, guilty of sex trafficking, risks spending the rest of her life in prison

Some victims were as young as 14 in the 1990s and 2000s.

The late 2021 lawsuit had portrayed Maxwell as a “sophisticated predator” who knowingly acted to lure and seduce young girls and delivered them to Epstein at his residences in Florida, Manhattan or New Mexico.

“Jane”, “Kate”, “Carolyn” and Annie Farmer, 42, the only one speaking without a pseudonym, had revealed before the hearing their lives marred by forced sex with Epstein – first massage sex – when they were 14 and 17 years old, often in the presence of Maxwell.

Ghislaine Maxwell, born and raised in a hyper-privileged environment in the United Kingdom and a former socialite in France and the United States, claimed again this month through her lawyers that she “had a difficult, traumatic childhood, with an authoritarian, narcissistic and demanding father .

“The Mistake of His Life”

It would have made her “vulnerable to Epstein, whom she met shortly after her father’s death, the worst mistake of her life”.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were in a relationship in the early 1990s before becoming professional collaborators and accomplices in their sex crimes for almost 30 years.

Ghislaine Maxwell, guilty of sex trafficking, risks spending the rest of her life in prison

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.

Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire (northeastern United States) in July 2020, a year after Epstein’s death, and has been imprisoned in New York since.

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.

Finally, in France, former model agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who was close to Epstein and jailed in Paris since late 2020 for “raping a minor,” was found dead in his cell on February 19.

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