Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty by jury of federal sexual misconduct, prosecutors, victims hail verdict

 

Ghislaine Maxwell, who was said to be a friend of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was found guilty of five of the six charges against her, by a jury in a New York federal court. The prosecutors and her accusers said that she had played an important role in the abuse by Epstein but her lawyers tried to paint her as a victim of Epstein.

Four women—Carolyn, Jane, Kate and Annie Farmer testified that Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly facilitated and sometimes participated in their abuse by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The prosecutors had introduced scores of photos that showed the British socialite, who was the daughter of a media tycoon, was a close confidante and friend of Jeffrey Epstein.

A jury of six women and six men found 60-year old Maxwell guilty of five charges

one count of sex trafficking a minor
one count of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
three counts of conspiracy.



The jury found her not guilty on the charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. The close confidante of Epstein has plead not guilty to all the six charges.

The jury had deliberated for roughly 40 hours over a period of six days. They examined her role in facilitating sexual abuse of minors by Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004. Judge Alison Nathan did not give a sentencing date, as yet. Maxwell can face a prison sentence of up to 65 years.

The prosecutors hailed the decision of the jury. Lawyers for the victims also shared statements saying that their clients had been vindicated and that justice had been served.



Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly showed no reaction when the verdict was passed. The British socialite had reportedly made notes as well as a sketch during the trial. Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell maintained through the trial that she was innocent. They said that they would appeal as the verdict had disappointed them.


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