Epstein case: his ex-companion Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of sex trafficking of minors

The ex-companion and collaborator of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted on Wednesday, December 29 in New York of a series of sex crimes, in particular the most serious: the trafficking of underage girls for the benefit of the ex – American financial. Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, who faces decades in prison, appeared since the end of November in federal court in Manhattan, in particular for having provided minors to her former companion for him to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004.

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Prosecuted on six counts of sex crimes, she was found guilty of five of them. “Very disappointed with the verdict”, his lawyer Bobbi Sternheim announced to the press his intention to appeal.

After 40 hours of deliberations spread over five days, “A jury unanimously found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and taking part in the sexual assault of children”, thundered Manhattan Federal District Attorney Damian Williams. He denounced “Crimes perpetrated with his partner and lifelong accomplice, Jeffrey Epstein”, who committed suicide in a New York prison in August 2019, even before being tried for sex crimes. No date has yet been set for Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentencing.

Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty

Regretting that the “Justice has taken too long”, the prosecutor greeted the “Courage of young girls who have become women”, four victims who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell.

“Jane”, “Kate”, “Carolyn” and Annie Farmer, 42, the only one to speak without a pseudonym, exposed part of their lives damaged by forced sex with Jeffrey Epstein – including sex massages – so that they were between 14 and 17 years old, often in the presence of his partner.

Ghislaine Maxwell, incarcerated since her arrest in the summer of 2020, pleaded not guilty and spoke only once at the trial to reaffirm that she was innocent. She left the courtroom with her head bowed after the verdict, flanked by security officers.


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