NEW YORK (AP) – With Wednesday’s guilty verdict in the sex trafficking lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, here’s a look at what the once high-flying Jeffrey Epstein confidant was accused of and what’s next for her:
WHO WERE THE GHISLAINE MAXWELLS INSTALLERS?
The prosecution relied on the charges of four women – Annie Farmer and the pseudonym Jane, Kate and Carolyn – who say they were teenagers en Maxwell and Epstein sexually exploited them in the 1990s and early 2000s.
WHICH FEES WERE GHISLAINE MAXWELL JUDGED?
The trial focused on six issues:
1. conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts
2. entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
4. transport of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
5. sex trade conspiracy
6. sex trafficking with a minor
She was convicted on all charges except the second charge, despite the claims of her lawyers, she was just a patsy.
WHY WAS SHE LEADED IN THE FUTURE?
Without public statements from juries that have not yet emerged, it is impossible to say with certainty. But the second charge, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts, was perhaps the most ambiguous of the charges charged. Maxwell was accused of having “lured” Jane to New York City, arranged flights and offered gifts, knowing that Epstein would abuse her. During the deliberations, it appeared that the jury was hung up on this count, asking for the definition of “seduction” in a note.
HOW EXACTLY DO YOU pronounce ‘GHISLAINE’?
Hard “g”, silent “p.” Think of “ghee” as the butter. If that helps, the front page of the New York Post – run by Rupert Murdoch, a rival to Maxwell’s late media baron’s father – the day after the verdict: “GOLD!”
HOW MUCH PRISON IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL?
The most serious charge for which the 60-year-old was convicted carries up to 40 years in prison. The relationship for which she acquitted was rather insignificant, with a maximum of five years.
SO WHAT IS NEXT TO GHISLAINE MAXWELL?
She is due to be sentenced, but a date has not yet been set. A family statement on the night of the verdict said an appeal had already been started. And she faces another lawsuit because of two counts of perjury that were separated from her indictment.
WHY IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL CHARGED FOR MENED?
These counts are based on her answers during 2016 deposits in a since settled lawsuit brought by prosecutor Virginia Giuffre. She is accused of lying by saying “I do not know what you’re talking about” in response to a question about whether Epstein had a “scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massage.” She is also accused of lying by saying she did not remember if there were sex toys or devices in Epstein’s home in Florida, and by saying she was not aware that Epstein was having sex with anyone other than her. Her lawyers argued that if these deposits were not to be used in criminal proceedings due to a court-approved agreement, her answers would remain confidential.
WHAT HAD GHISLAINE MAXWELL GOED BEFORE HER ARREST?
Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 – almost a year after Epstein killed himself in prison while awaiting trial. After Epstein’s death, she withdrew from public activities such as running a charity for the oceans. Her whereabouts became an issue of public speculation. Was it her who ate a burger and read a book about CIA agents in Southern California? Did she live in the UK or Paris or maybe even Massachusetts? Prosecutors say she went into hiding in New Hampshire – where she was eventually arrested – in a million-dollar home where she kept her cell phone wrapped in foil.
SO HAS GHISLAINE MAXWELL PUT IN PRISON ALL THE TIME?
Yes, despite several bail requests, Maxwell was considered a flight risk and has spent well over a year in a federal barricade in Brooklyn. Her lawyers and family have argued that prison conditions are punishable and inhospitable to Maxwell’s ability to establish a proper defense. Her lawyer asked immediately after the verdict was announced that Maxwell should get a COVID-19 booster shot because the infection rate in her prison increased dramatically. Once convicted, she will be transferred to a federal prison.
HOW LONG DOES THE TRY TAKE?
One month. Testimony began Nov. 29; we had a verdict on December 29th. The entire trial was originally expected to last six weeks, but the witness lists for both sides were dramatically cut without explanation. It took the jury five full days to decide the case.
WHY DID NOT GHISLAINE MAXWELL WITNESS?
She told the judge – not without some defiance – that she did not need to testify as the prosecution had not sufficiently proved their case. The tactic did not work for her, but it is not unusual: High-profile defendants rarely sit in the stands as it opens up for much more scrutiny.
WHAT EXACTLY WAS GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S RELATIONSHIP WITH JEFFREY EPSTEIN?
They were romantically involved, but at one point – the timeline is unclear – she says she went over to being more of an employee who ran his household (Epstein had homes everywhere: Palm Beach, Florida; New Mexico; Manhattan; a private island in the US Virgin Islands; Paris). Prosecutors entered records showing Epstein had paid Maxwell more than $ 20 million over the years, accusing her of acting as Epstein’s wife and procuring underage girls to satisfy him sexually.
HOW DID PRINCE ANDREW BEGIN IN ALL THIS?
He is not. Not exactly, at least, but Maxwell’s conviction is not good news for the attacked British royal. Giuffre sues Andrew, saying he sexually abused her when she was 17. She says Maxwell facilitated her meetings with Andrew, who has denied the account. However, these allegations were omitted from this lawsuit Andrew’s name appeared in testimony: a pilot in Epstein’s private jet, called “Lolita Express” by the news media, testified that he had flown Andrew, and a prosecutor confirmed that she told the FBI she had also flown with the prince.
WHO IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S MAN?
A mysterious man! She was living with him when she was arrested in New Hampshire, but court documents have not released his name. He supported her bail attempts but was never seen during the trial. She had transferred most of her assets to him, but has also told officials they are in the process of getting divorced.
IS ANYONE ON GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S SIDE?
Her family holds on to her. Her sister Isabel participated in the case every day, often with other siblings, and her family issued a strong statement of support for their sister after the verdict. Ghislaine is especially the family baby and is said to have been a favorite among her father, Robert Maxwell, who died in the fall of a yacht named after her.
HOW DID GHISLAINE MAXWELL SPEND HIS TIME IN PRISON?
According to a website created by her family, Maxwell has worked his way through a pile of books. Her reading list covers the full spectrum of criminal law books like the award-winning “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson for “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice” by Sidney Powell, a conspiracy theorist and former lawyer for President Donald Trump. She has also been on her way through Philip Pullmans The fantasy series “His Dark Materials” and popular book club fiction “Eleanor Oliphant is absolutely fine,” by Gail Honeyman.
Associated Press reporters Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays contributed reporting. For more Maxwell coverage, visit our hub online.