Ghislaine Maxwell, ex-partner of Jeffrey Epstein, sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of sex trafficking
The British celebrity was also fined $750,000.
The British 'socialite' Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced this Tuesday to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of multiple charges of sex trafficking and recruitment of minors up to 14 years of age for her ex-partner, the late American tycoon Jeffrey Epstein.
According to prosecutors, Epstein, who committed suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial, sexually abused minors hundreds of times over more than a decade, and couldn't have done it without the help of his longtime partner Maxwell. Last December, a jury convicted the woman of sex trafficking, transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sexual acts, and two counts of conspiracy.
District Judge Alison J. Nathan, who also fined the defendant $750,000, stated that “a very significant sentence is necessary” and that she wanted to send an “unequivocal message” that this type of crime must be punished, collects AP. Prosecutors had asked the judge to impose between 30 and 55 years in prison, while Maxwell's defense requested a lenient sentence of only five years.
The defense had argued that Maxwell shouldn't “take all the punishment” that should correspond to Epstein as the “intellectual author” of the crimes.
However , prosecutors asserted that Maxwell played a “critical role in the horrific sexual abuse of multiple teenage boys” between 1994 and 2004 and described their crimes as “monstrous” .
Meanwhile, Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers who testified against the British 'socialite' at the trial, stated before sentencing that she will continue to live with the damage she caused her.
For his part, Maxwell stated that he sympathized with the survivors of the abuse and that the greatest arr The regret of his life was “having met Jeffrey Epstein”, whom he described as “manipulative, cunning and controlling”. unusual” brought some “measure of peace”.