Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison by a US federal judge for helping the late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse minors.
The sentence against the daughter of the British press tycoon Robert Maxwell, 60, who has American and French nationality, is less than the 30 to 55 years that the Prosecutor’s Office had requested for helping the late Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse minors .
At the final hearing before a Manhattan court, Maxwell admitted “the terrible damage” he did “to too many women.” “It is difficult to hear and even more difficult to accept. I am sorry for all the pain you have experienced,” said the 60-year-old woman.
The sentence was more lenient than the penalty of between 30 and 55 years in prison requested by the New York prosecutor’s office.
Maxwell appeared in court wearing a gray shirt over a white long-sleeved T-shirt, with long hair that he nervously rearranged over and over during the hearing.
The jury had found her guilty on December 29 of five of the six charges against her, including that of sexual trafficking of minors for Epstein.
For the Prosecutor’s Office, his “responsibility” in that traffic and “the total lack of remorse” justified the request for the long sentence for this figure of the international jet set, educated in Oxford, and who since he was arrested in the summer of 2020 in the United States, he is in jail.
After the frustrated attempt to invalidate the trial, his defense, headed by the renowned criminalist Bobbi Sternheim, asked in mid-June for clemency for his client and a sentence of less than 20 years.
On Saturday, Sternheim denounced before the judge in charge of the case, Alison Nathan, that Maxwell had been isolated in a cell due to risk of suicide, “without justification”, despite the fact that a subsequent psychological examination “determined that he is not suicidal”.
His client, he assured, is not allowed to “possess or review legal documents” nor “paper or pen”, which has “prevented him from preparing for sentencing”, which would justify a postponement of the ruling.
the mistake of his life
Maxwell’s defense considers that her client was the victim of the nefarious influence exerted by both her father – “authoritarian, narcissistic and demanding” – and Epstein, whom she met after the death in mysterious circumstances of her father.
Maxwell and Epstein were a couple in the early 1990s before becoming professional collaborators and accomplices in his sexual crimes for nearly 30 years.
At her trial, held in a Manhattan court last year, Maxwell was described as a “sophisticated predator” who knowingly acted to entice and seduce young people for the enjoyment of Epstein and his friends, including England’s Prince Andrew, at their residences. Florida, Manhattan, or the Virgin Islands
the gate to hell
Virginia Giuffre, one of the victims of the Maxwell-Epstein couple who denounced Prince Andrew of England of sexual abuse when he was a minor, released on Friday, according to the Law & Crime Production network, a statement in which he accuses Maxwell of being the one who led to the pederast.
“For me, and for many others, you opened the door to hell for us. And so, Ghislaine, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you used your femininity to betray us and got us all into this.”
Source: International Agencies.