Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of recruiting minors to be abused by Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein y Ghislaine Maxwell

The British Ghislaine Maxwell, former lover and right hand of magnate Jeffrey Epstein and accused of collaborating with him in several cases of sex trafficking with minors, has been found guilty this Wednesday of five of the six crimes for which he was tried by a jury from New York, as reported by several journalists present in the room.

The jury, which began its deliberations on Monday, December 20, found Maxwell, who has just turned 60, guilty of the most serious charges, including that of “Sex trafficking of a minor”, a crime that alone can cost you up to 40 years in prison.

The verdict capped a month-long trial with sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, counted by four women who described being abused as teenagers in the 1990s and early 2000s in Epstein’s palatial homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Jurors deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty of five out of six counts. As the verdict was read, Maxwell appeared to show little reaction behind a black mask. She stood with her hands folded as the jury withdrew and looked at her brothers as they led her out of the courtroom, but otherwise she was stoic.

She faces the prospect of spending many years in prison, an outcome long sought after by women who spent years fighting in civil courts to hold Maxwell accountable for his role in recruiting and grooming Epstein’s teenage victims and, a Sometimes engaging in sexual abuse.

The defense had insisted that Maxwell was the victim of a vindictive prosecution designed to bring justice to the deprived women of his main villain. when Epstein committed suicide while awaiting trial in 2019.

During the trial, prosecutors called in 24 witnesses to give jurors a snapshot of life inside Epstein’s homes, a subject of fascination and public speculation since his 2006 arrest in Florida in a child sex case.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005. She helped manage Epstein's homes, facilitate his social relationships, and recruit massage therapists.
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005. She helped manage Epstein’s homes, facilitate his social relationships, and recruit massage therapists.

A housekeeper testified that she was expected to be “blind, deaf and dumb” about the private life of Epstein, a financier who cultivated friendships with influential politicians and business moguls., and Maxwell, who had led a jet-set lifestyle as the favorite son of a media mogul.

The pilots took the witness stand and dropped the names of the luminaries (Britain’s Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump) who flew in Epstein’s private jets.

Jurors saw physical evidence such as a folding massage table that Epstein once used and a “black book” that listed contact information for some of the victims under the heading “massages.”

There were bank records showing that he had transferred $ 30.7 million to Maxwell, his lifelong companion, girlfriend of a time and later employee.

But the core of the accusation was the testimony of four women who said they were victims of Maxwell and Epstein at tender ages.


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