The British socialite has been found guilty of five of the six federal counts related to the abuse and trafficking of underage girls in Eipstein’s sex trafficking ring.
AceShowbiz -A jury in New York has convicted British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell for her involvement in sex trafficking case ring by Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was found guilty of five of the six federal counts related to the abuse and trafficking of underage girls.
Maxwell was believed to be conspiring with and aiding Epstein in his sexual abuse of underage girls between 1994 and 2004. Maxwell faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison on the counts that she was convicted of.
It was reported that she showed no emotion when the jury’s verdict was read in the New York City courtroom. Her family members, meanwhile, allegedly exited the courtroom without comment following the verdict.
“A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement after the verdict.
The statement continued, “The road to justice has been far too long. But, today, justice has been done. I want to commend the bravery of the girls – 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.”
The verdict came after 40 hours of jury deliberations as the jury heard testimony from the four accusers at the center of the case. Three of them opted for anonymity, while the final accuser was Annie Farmer. She and her sister Maria Farmer were one of the first women to report Epstein’s sexual abuse to authorities.
Prior to this, Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from her interactions with four teenage girls from 1994 to 2004, during which she was in a romantic relationship with Eipstein. The 59-year-old chose not to testify in her own defense at trial as she denied the allegations and all claims of wrongdoing.
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