Her husband had been convicted and was found dead in prison. Ghislaine Maxwell received this Tuesday, June 28, the verdict of the prosecutors, she who is suspected of having been the accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein in the organization of his human trafficking and sexual violence against minors. The ex-wife of the American billionaire was sentenced to 20 years in prison, as reported by our colleagues from the New York Times. She “preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and used them to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein,” prosecutors wrote to Judge Alison J. Nathan. A heavy sentence.
This could have been even harder, since the prosecutor had requested 30 years of criminal imprisonment. According to him: “Years of sexual abuse, multiple victims, devastating psychological damage: none of this could have happened without Ghislaine Maxwell”. Present during her trial, Ghislaine Maxwell would have shown a “total absence of remorse”. “Instead of showing even a hint of acceptance of responsibility, the defendant is desperately trying to lay blame wherever she can,” some attorneys said.
Ghislaine Maxwell, already sentenced
This is not the first conviction for Ghislaine Maxwell. Indeed, last November, she was found guilty of no less than five counts: “The jury unanimously found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and taking part in the sexual assault of children. The road to justice has taken too long. But justice was served today,” the Manhattan court prosecutor said. On the side of his defense, his lawyer had quickly announced an appeal. A request that had been rejected in favor of a trial.
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