Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison for luring young girls to be harassed by Jeffrey Epstein

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hislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the US for luring young girls to be harassed by Jeffrey Epstein.

The disgraced British socialite, 60, was convicted Tuesday by Judge Alison Nathan in a Manhattan court after he was found guilty of a series of sexual assault charges.

US Assistant Attorney General Alison Moe said Maxwell was Epstein’s “right-hand man” and made possible his crimes when she recruited and trafficked four teenage girls for sexual abuse.

Maxwell apologized to her victims before being convicted, saying, “May this day help you journey through the darkness to the light.”

She said she sympathized with them and that meeting Epstein was “the biggest regret” of her life.

“My association with Epstein will permanently stain me,” she said, adding that she hoped her jail sentence would bring “peace and finality” to the victims.

The prosecution had previously asked Judge Nathan to sentence Maxwell to a minimum of 30 years in prison, rising to 55 years.

In pronouncing the sentence, when she also imposed a $750,000 fine, the judge said that “a highly significant punishment was “necessary” and she wanted to send an “unmistakable message” that crimes like this would be punished.

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She said Maxwell’s actions had been “abominable and predatory”.

“Mrs. Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable and played a critical role in facilitating sexual abuse,” she added.

Maxwell looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as the verdict was pronounced in front of a packed public gallery.

Her prosecutors had previously come face to face with her, reading statements about victims’ repercussions in court – describing her as a “manipulative, cruel and ruthless person”.

Maxwell, who was described as “dangerous” by the prosecution last year during her three-week trial, helped lure vulnerable teens to Epstein’s various properties between 1994 and 2004 to sexually assault him.

They told the New York Southern District court of her “relentless and insatiable urge to satisfy Epstein’s sexual needs” and their “retraumatization” of having to testify at trial.

The socialite was convicted last December of trafficking minors, conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to participate in criminal activities. sexual activities.

She was also found guilty of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

Sarah Ransome and Elizabeth Stein, victims of Jeffery Epstein, arrive for sentencing at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

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Sarah Ransome and Elizabeth Stein, Epstein’s victims, arrived at court on Tuesday afternoon prior to sentencing.

“Ghislaine must die in prison because I’ve been in hell for seventeen years and back again,” Mrs Ransome said outside the court.

Before the hearing, Maxwell had entered the room with cuffs around her ankles that rattled as she made her way to her seat.

Despite not being part of the indictment, the victim statement from the Duke of York’s prosecutor, Virginia Giuffre, was due to be read to the court, where she says Maxwell “opened the door to hell”. Andrew has always vehemently denied Ms Giuffre’s allegations.

Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein (U.S. Department of Justice)

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One of Maxwell’s accusers, who testified under the pseudonym “Jane,” told jurors that the defendant and Epstein would not only lure each other to an orgy at age 14, but would also fondle and giggle for her.

She also told judges how Epstein would use sex toys on her “even though it hurt” and didn’t tell anyone about the abuse because she was “terrified” and “felt rude and ashamed”.

Maxwell’s trial also heard her tell another prosecutor, who testified under the pseudonym “Carolyn,” that she had a “great body for Epstein and his friends.”

Jurors also learned how Carolyn had been introduced to the predatory couple through Mrs. Giuffre and had been in the same room while Epstein and Mrs. Giuffre were having sex.

The third accuser, who testified under the pseudonym “Kate,” said she had a schoolgirl outfit prepared for her by Maxwell for a sexualized massage with Epstein.

Virginia Giuffre’s victim statement is read to the court

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Kate said the defendant then told her to take Epstein’s tea in the outfit, and when the accuser asked him why the outfit was on her bed, Maxwell said she “thought it would be fun.”

The only prosecutor to testify under her full name, Annie Farmer, told jurors she was “frozen” when the socialite asked her to undress for a massage and rub her breasts.

Ms. Farmer said the defendant encouraged her to get a massage after teaching her how to rub Epstein’s feet at age 16.

Outside the court, Ms Farmer said Maxwell’s latest attempt to apologize to her victims sounded “hollow”.

“Her statement was very much like a hollow apology to me and she took no responsibility for the crimes she committed,” she said.

“It felt like she was once again trying to do something to help her and not at all about the damage she had caused.”

Maxwell’s counsel had tried to remove her from Epstein, but a series of photos showed the close relationship the couple had.

Girls were flown to Epstein’s property on disgraced financier’s private jets (US Department of Justice/PA)PA medium

Epstein was found dead in his cell in a Manhattan federal prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Death was ruled a suicide.

Maxwell, who has been in a US prison since her arrest in July 2020, was sentenced Tuesday morning, New York time.