Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s victims have another victory. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison, now will the client list be released?
Socialite and madame for Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, was handed her fate from the courts. For her assistance in assisting the late financier sexually abuse girls, she will spend 20 years in prison.
Handing down the sentence, Judge Alison Nathan said Maxwell’s victims were forced to live through the “painful, horrific and lasting impact of that trauma”. She continued, “The damage done to these girls was incalculable. Those who engage in and facilitate sexual abuse will be held accountable by the law. Whether you are rich or powerful, nobody is above the law.”
Judge Nathan also imposed a $750,000 (£615k) fine.
During the trial, the prosecutor described Maxwell as a “sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing” who “ran the same playbook again and again and again”.
“As part of a disturbing agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, groomed, and abused multiple victims, while she enjoyed a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege,” prosecutors wrote.
“In her wake, Maxwell left her victims permanently scarred with emotional and psychological injuries,” they said. “That damage can never be undone, but it can be accounted for in crafting a just sentence for Maxwell’s crimes.”
A jury convicted Maxwell of five charges, sex trafficking, transporting a minor to participate in illegal sex acts, and two conspiracy charges, in December
Federal prosecutors were seeking a sentence of 30 to 55 years in prison, which even that doesn’t seem like enough time for the horrific crimes she committed.
“Maxwell’s conduct was shockingly predatory,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing. “She was a calculating, sophisticated, and dangerous criminal who preyed on vulnerable young girls and groomed them for sexual abuse.”
Before Maxwell’s sentence was handed down, the judge heard impact statements from victims, including Annie Farmer, who had testified she was 16 when Maxwell introduced her to Epstein, and a woman identified as Kate who told jurors that Maxwell once gave her a “schoolgirl” outfit to wear during an encounter with him.
Her attorneys wanted a sentence of four to five years.
Maxwell has been on suicide watch since Friday and hasn’t been able to “properly prepare” for the hearing because prison officials abruptly put her in solitary confinement, her lawyers have claimed while adding their client isn’t actually suicidal.
Now that she has been handed her prison sentence, can we expect the client list to be released? While we’ve been able to see the flight logs and a lot of those who visited Epstein Island, will there be a formal investigation?
Will the victims be able to truly get all of the justice they deserve?