Ghislaine Maxwell Found Guilty
The verdict that many were long-awaited for was announced on Wednesday, Dec.29, which convicted Ghislaine Maxwell guilty in five of six counts related to her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of minor girls from 1994 to 2004.
“Facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children,” says U.S Attorney Damien Williams. “Crimes that she committed with her long-time partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein. The road to justice has been far too long. But today, justice has been done.”
Back in July of this year, the world found out Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein, and since then, she has proven she is guilty of the act.
Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of facilitating the abuse of underage girls at the hands of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Jurors deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty on five of the six counts she faced, including the sex trafficking of a minor. pic.twitter.com/K5bohiCIOX
— NPR (@NPR) December 30, 2021
Maxwell Faces Time In Jail
Maxwell, who will now face up to 65 years in prison, is found guilty of five charges that include “conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts” to “sex trafficking of a minor.” However, the only count Maxwell was not guilty of was the second count against her, enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts, according to NBC New York. Although, many believe this is what Maxwell deserves.
During the November trials, the world was in shock to hear the horrific allegations made by the four women who testified. According to the New York Post, the four women explained a detailed picture of “how Maxwell groomed them for abuse by Epstein and how she at times participated in the sexual conduct,” according to the New York Post.
Maxwell showed no reaction and was almost expressionless towards the final verdict.
Many of the girls who testified were below the age of consent. Maxwell arranged travel for between Epstein’s homes including: his estate in Florida, Manhattan, the Virgin Islands, London, and New Mexico.
“I want to command the bravery of the girls,” adds U.S Attorney Williams. “Now grown women, who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today’s result, possible.”
Maxwell’s Defense, She Was The ‘Scapegoat’
Maxwell’s defense was that she was the “scapegoat” for her husband’s actions and doings towards sexual abuse. Although it may sound shocking to many, her lawyer, Bobbi C. Sternheim, is working on an appeal that she firmly believes in Maxwell’s innocence.
Last year in August, Epstein died in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan after an apparent suicide. Shortly after, the allegations began to spill about his actions and wrongdoings.