Ghislaine Maxwell: Jury finds socialite guilty on five charges in sex trafficking trial
Ghislaine Maxwell faces up to 55 years in prison if convicted in a New York court on Tuesday for sex trafficking.
Maxwell, 60, was found guilty on December 29 by a federal jury on five charges, including sex trafficking for recruiting and grooming four girls between 1994 and 2004 for sexual encounters with her former boyfriend and “partner in crime” Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell’s lawyers said Saturday the socialite had been put on suicide watch, despite not being at risk of self-harm.
Bobby Sternheim said she was “abruptly removed” from the general prison population and denied access to toothpaste, soap, legal papers and all clothing except a protective “suicide smock”, which prevented her from viewing the documents related to her conviction.
Federal prosecutors have demanded a 30-55 year sentence for Maxwell, who was convicted of recruiting and caring for girls as young as 14 to be abused by Epstein.
Before the conviction, damning impact statements were released from victims, including Virginia Giuffre, who accused the British socialite of “opening the door to hell” by introducing her and others to Epstein.
Hearing is expected to last several hours
Maxwell’s sentencing hearing is expected to be quite lengthy, given the number of victim statements that can be read in court.
Eight statements were released ahead of the hearing, including from Virginia Giuffre, Annie Farmer and Kate, who was identified only by her first name in court documents.
Mrs Farmer was seen entering the court on Tuesday morning. Judge Alison Nathan ruled that Ms. Giuffre may read part of her statement to the court, but that she will not be there in person.
Maxwell’s defense will also have the opportunity to present testimony on her behalf, the judge said at the beginning of the hearing.
Megan SheetsJune 28, 2022 16:09
Sentencing hearing begins
The scheduled start time of Maxwell’s hearing has arrived, at 11 a.m. EST.
Footage from outside the court showed long lines of media personnel waiting to enter the court, as well as Maxwell’s siblings.
Megan SheetsJune 28, 2022 16:02
What each prosecutor told the court prior to Maxwell’s conviction?
Maxwell’s victims will tell a court in the Southern District of New York about her “relentless and insatiable urge to satisfy Epstein’s sexual needs” and their “retraumatization” for having to testify at her sentencing trial today.
Despite not being part of the indictment, the victim statement from Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre will be read in court, where she says Maxwell “opened the door to hell” so she could be abused by Epstein . The Duke of York has consistently denied Mrs Giuffre’s allegations.
Other victims, Annie Farmer and Kate, will have their statements read to the court and five others said they could submit them in writing. Before sentencing, the independentJoe Sommerlad’s compiled excerpts of all of the following statements about the impact of victims:
Megan SheetsJune 28, 2022 15:35
View from outside the court
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley is in Manhattan federal court for Maxwell’s hearing.
Annie Farmer, who testified at the trial, has just arrived with her lawyer.
Here’s the view of Bevan waiting to enter the courthouse:
Megan SheetsJune 28, 2022 15:12
Everything you need to know about Maxwell’s conviction
Prosecutors are seeking up to 55 years for child sex trafficking convictions in Maxwell’s sentencing on Tuesday.
The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad explains what he needs to know about her conviction:
Megan SheetsJune 28, 2022 3:00 PM
Jeffrey Epstein’s Island: What Really Happened There?
Prosecutors say the private paradise of the billionaire Little St James in the US Virgin Islands was the center of the international sex trade.
Read Io Dodds’ report below.
Johanna ChisholmJune 28, 2022 14:30
ICYMI: Ghislaine Maxwell’s wealthy ex-lovers and why they’re suddenly being used in court
Socialite’s lawyers are trying to restore her image through her relationships with Ted Waitt and Scott Borgerson ahead of her sentencing on Tuesday.
Johanna ChisholmJune 28, 2022 14:00
Virginia Giuffre accuses socialite of ‘opening the door to hell’ in scathing impact statement
Virginia Giuffre, who has become one of Jeffrey Epstein’s most well-known accusers after settling a sexual assault case against the Duke of York, who denies her claims, has released a scathing victim impact statement accusing Ghislaine Maxwell of ” opening the door to hell”.
“I want to be clear about one thing: Jeffrey Epstein was undoubtedly a terrible pedophile. But I would never have met Jeffrey Epstein if it weren’t for you,” she began, noting that she was aged between 16 and 19 when she suffered at the hands of Maxwell and Epstein. “For me, and for so many others, you opened the door to hell.”
“And then, Ghislaine, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you used your femininity to betray us, and you led us all through it,” she wrote, adding how crossing paths with Maxwell “changed the course of our lives forever.” “.
“Ghislaine, the pain you caused me is almost indescribable. Because of your choices and the world you brought me into, I don’t sleep. Nightmares always wake me up,” Ms Giuffre wrote.
She concluded by saying that she believes Maxwell deserves to “spend the rest of your life in a prison cell”, compared to how “you have set up a trap for your victims”.
“My promise to you is this: As long as you and perpetrators like you continue to prey on the vulnerable, I will not stop rising and casting my vote.”
Sam Rkaina has the latest developments on this breaking news story.
Johanna ChisholmJune 28, 2022 13:06
‘These things cannot be replaced’: Annie Farmer says in victim statement
Annie Farmer, who told a court that Ghislaine Maxwell gave her a nude massage and groped her breasts at Mr. Epstein’s ranch in Sanata Fe, New Mexico when she was 16, said in her victim statement that she “wanted to erase the crimes from my mind.” which Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein have committed against me and pretend they “hasn’t happened for a long time”.
“It was the kind of dark memory that feels safest to stay locked up, so I did my best,” Ms Farmer wrote, adding that she was “excitable” and in recent years felt disoriented when asked to tell to the police and the media what happened to her.
“One of the most painful and lasting consequences of Maxwell and Epstein’s abuse has been a loss of confidence in myself, my perceptions and my instincts,” she said, adding: “When predators groom and then abuse children and other vulnerable people or exploit, they train them in a sense to distrust themselves.”
“The ripple effects of trauma are undeniable. When one person is abused, many others are harmed.”
“Judge Nathan, I hope that when you consider the appropriate prison sentence for the role Maxwell played in this sex trafficking operation, you consider the ongoing suffering of the many women she abused and exploited, as we will live with the memories to the ways she has harmed us.”
“I ask you to bear in mind how Maxwell’s reluctance to acknowledge her crimes, her lack of remorse and her repeated lies about her victims have made it necessary for many of us to participate in a long struggle for justice that has served as a black hole sensed. been sucking up our precious time, energy and well-being for far too long.”
“These things cannot be replaced.”
Johanna ChisholmJune 28, 2022 12:55 PM
Victims’ impact statements released: ‘Put simply, Ghislaine Maxwell is a monster’
Juliette Bryant and Annie Farmer, two of the victims who testified about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, released their victim statements, which will be reviewed in written form by the court on Tuesday.
“Put simply, Ghislaine Maxwell is a monster,” Ms Bryant, a South African businesswoman, said in her statement.
“Since she and Jeffrey Epstein got my hands on me, I’ve never felt good. When I think about it, I still get regular panic attacks and nightmares. All victims, myself included, are eternally grateful to everyone who helped bring these criminals to light,” she said in her statement, adding: “I appreciate, Your Honor, that you are imposing the maximum punishment available.”
Johanna ChisholmJune 28, 2022 12:48 pm