Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Following the trial in a New York federal court, Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty on five of the six accounts related to Jeffery Epstein sexually abusing multiple minors from 1994 to 2004. The five federal charges she was found guilty of consisted of “sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and additionally, three accounts of conspiracy.” However, Maxwell was acquitted of “enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.”
After the trial, Maxwell is facing up to sixty-five years in prison. However, when the verdict was made and the judge shared the conclusion, Maxwell had absolutely no reaction. The judge on the trial, Alison Nathan, has yet to set a sentencing date.
The trial started on November 29, 2021, and contained both graphic and disturbing testimonies from victims of sexual abuse as well as testimony about high-profile celebrities with whom Epstein had additional connections.
The jury was evenly split between men and women, and over the course of six days, they spent approximately forty hours deliberating the verdict of the case. During the trial, the prosecutors argued the fact that over ten years, both Maxwell and Epstein developed an elaborate scheme to lure young girls into sexual relationships with Epstein. This occurred in locations such as New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Four women testified in the trial, sharing how Epstein would abuse them, and how this abuse was facilitated by Maxwell, who would also sometimes participate. It is possible that Maxwell’s lawyers are working on an appeal, and have a strong belief that she is innocent.