A jury in New York on Wednesday convicted British Social Democrat Ghislaine Maxwell of caring for minors for sexual abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell was found guilty of five of the six federal charges related to Epstetin’s sex trade ring.
Maxwell, 59, pleaded not guilty to the charges against her interactions withfrom 1994 to 2004. During that time, Maxwell was romantically involved in and later worked for Epstein.
She risks a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison on the charges for which she was convicted.
“A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and engaging in child sexual abuse,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement after the verdict. “The road to justice has been far too long. But today justice has been done. I would like 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. “
Maxwell chose not to testify in his own defense during the trial and has denied the allegations described in the indictment and all allegations of misconduct.
The jury heard testimony fromat the heart of the matter. Three of them chose anonymity using either pseudonyms or just first names and were known by the jury as Jane Doe, Kate and Carolyn. The last prosecutor to testify was Annie Farmer, who along with her sister Maria Farmer have been vocal about the sexual abuse they have each experienced at the hands of Epstein and Maxwell. The sisters were among the first women to report Epstein’s alleged sexual assault to authorities.
-Nathalie Nieves contributed with reporting