The judge described the scheme that resulted in the sexual abuse of teenage girls as a “horrific scheme” that caused “incalculable” harm to the victims, and on Tuesday Ghislaine Maxwell was given a 20-year prison sentence for her role in it. Jeffrey Epstein is a serial sexual abuser and a globe-trotting financier.
Federal officials apprehended Epstein, a convicted sex offender and financier whose elite acquaintances once included Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton, in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking.
A LITTLE MORE THAN A MONTH AFTER HIS ARREST, HE COMMITTED SUICIDE IN A FEDERAL PRISON IN NEW YORK CITY.
The 60-year-old British socialite was found guilty in December of five counts, including trafficking in children in sex, for enlisting and grooming four girls to have sex with Epstein, who was then her lover, between 1994 and 2004. Before learning the verdict, Maxwell spoke at her sentencing hearing in federal court in Manhattan, describing Epstein as a “manipulative, clever, and domineering man” who duped everyone in his sphere.
She expressed her “sad” for the suffering his victims went through. The fact that I ever met Jeffrey Epstein is the worst regret of my life, Maxwell stated. Since Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 at the age of 66 while awaiting his own sex trafficking prosecution, Maxwell’s month-long trial in late 2021 was widely regarded as the reckoning Epstein never received.
In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, which pushed women to speak up about sexual abuse, typically at the hands of affluent and powerful people, it was one of the most well-known cases.
U.S. CIRCUIT JUDGE ALISON NATHAN IMPOSED THE SENTENCE BECAUSE SHE FOUND THAT MAXWELL DID NOT DEMONSTRATE ANY SORROW OR ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY.
According to Nathan, “Maxwell participated directly, regularly, and over a long period of time in a horrifying scheme to attract, transfer, and traffic teenage girls, some as young as 14, for sexual abuse by and with Jeffrey Epstein.” “These young girls suffered irreparable harm.”
Maxwell would appeal, according to her attorney Bobbi Sternheim, who claimed that the trial’s public scrutiny “left little room for her to be treated fairly.” Sternheim told reporters, “We all know that the guy who should have been sentenced today escaped accountability, avoided his victims, avoided feeling their suffering, and avoided getting the penalty he actually deserved.
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