Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars for her part in the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal. Maxwell was sentenced Tuesday after being found guilty by a New York jury nearly 7 months ago. She’ll also have to pay a $750k fine and 5 years of supervised release once she’s out.
Maxwell was convicted in December for 5 of 6 counts, including a conviction on one count of sex trafficking of a minor. Maxwell was accused of soliciting and grooming minors for sex crimes and abuse at the hands of Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
Sex Trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced To 20 Years In Epstein Case
During the trial, 4 women testified Epstein sexually abused them when they were under the age of 18. They also claimed that Maxwell recruited and groomed girls for Epstein to abuse and even joined in on the abuse sometimes. At the sentencing, a few of Maxwell’s victims spoke including one of the victims, Annie Farmer, who said,
“Maxwell had many opportunities to come clean, but instead continued to make choices that caused more harm. She chose to lie about her behavior, causing additional harm to all of those she victimized.”
Maxwell tried to claim that it was Epstein controlling and manipulating her, though it’s undeniable that she did horrific things.
“I believe that Jeffrey Epstein was a manipulative, cunning and controlling man who lived a profoundly compartmentalized life and fooled all of those in his orbit. Jeff Epstein should have been here before all of you. He should have stood before you in 2005, again in 2009 and again in 2019. … All the many times he was accused, charged and prosecuted. but today it is not about Jeffrey Epstein ultimately. To you, all the victims … I am sorry for the pain that you experienced.”
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