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Watch live reaction outside court after Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of five sex trafficking charges

Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty of five federal sex trafficking charges after six days of deliberation.

Jurors considered six charges against Ms Maxwell, who is accused of recruiting and grooming teenage girls for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.

She pleaded not guilty to all charges and said she is being made a scapegoat for Epstein’s acts after he died in 2019 while awaiting his own trial.

After about 40 hours of deliberation, the jury found her guilty of five charges:

  • Count 1: Conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts – maximum sentence of five years
  • Count 3: Conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – maximum sentence of five years
  • Count 4: Transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – maximum sentence of 10 years
  • Count 5: Conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors – maximum sentence of five years
  • Count 6: Sex trafficking of minors – maximum sentence of 40 years

She was found not guilty of the sixth, for enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

If ordered to serve all five sentences consecutively, Ms Maxwell could spend the next 65 years behind bars.

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Donald Trump mum on Ghislaine Maxwell guilty verdict

Donald Trump, who was previously seen with sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, has so far not reacted to the British socialite’s conviction on Wednesday.

The former US president has been criticised in the past for his personal ties with the duo, and had issued multiple comments last year.

While these seem to be bubbling back up on social media in the last 24 hours, Mr Trump has maintained an eerie silence and refrained from saying anything now.

In July 2020, Mr Trump — then the US president — had shared warm words for Maxwell and expressed concern.

“I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach,” he had said. “But I wish her well, whatever it is.”

Pictures from the late 1990s and early 2000s show that Mr Trump shared social spaces with the high-profile community in New York and Florida. This was also the period when Epstein and Maxwell indulged in wide-ranging sexual abuse of teenage girls.

Mr Trump’s affiliation with the duo also came under public scrutiny after charges of sexual exploitation by Epstein and Maxwell were filed.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus curates details on this here

Arpan Rai30 December 2021 07:16
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction: Reactions pour in, verdict lauded

Reactions from the accusers of Ghislaine Maxwell trickled in moments after the verdict pronouncing her guilty was announced on Wednesday.

One of the first reactions came from Virginia Giuffre, who has publicly accused Maxwell and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein of abusing her. She said her heart went out to the other accusers.

“My soul yearned for justice for years and today the jury gave me just that. I will remember this day always. Having lived with the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at her hands and whose lives she destroyed,” she said in a tweet.

US attorney for the southern district of New York Damian Williams said justice has been done. The trial was held in Mr Williams’s district.

“A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children,” the attorney said after the verdict was announced.

He added: “Crimes that she committed with her long-time partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein. The road to justice has been far too long. But, today, justice has been done.”

You can read more reactions in Nathan Place’s report here

Arpan Rai30 December 2021 06:15
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How Ghislaine Maxwell reacted to the jail sentence in the court

In what could lead to imprisonment for the rest of her life, the verdict pronouncing Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of sex trafficking and abuse charges, was read out in the court on Wednesday.

Hundreds had teemed up outside the court in New York as the lengthy proceedings of the trial came to a conclusion after weeks of hearings and five days of deliberations.

While the verdict was being read out, Maxwell appeared stoic while wearing a black mask.

She was seen pouring herself some water as one of her attorneys patted her back afterwards.

As she was led out from the courtroom, she glanced at her siblings, who appeared throughout the court proceedings and were seen outside court every day.

Maxwell was also seen with her hands folded as the jury filed out.

In a departure from the past, Maxwell did not hug her lawyers or say anything to them on her way out. In

the last few weeks during the trial, she was seen displaying physical affection with her team.

Her lawyers had countered the charges against her by saying she was being scapegoated for the alleged doings of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein as he was no longer around.

Arpan Rai30 December 2021 05:43
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Former Palm Beach police chief reacts to Ghislaine Maxwell guilty sentence

Former Palm Beach police department chief Michael Reiter said the facts behind the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell on charges on sex trafficking ‘tell a tale of national disgrace’.

Mr Reiter congratulated the officials involved in pursuing this case.

“The US attorney’s office in the southern district of New York should be congratulated for having the courage to bring Epstein and now Ghislaine Maxwell to justice, something that should have been done in the Florida case fifteen years ago,” the former police chief said.

He added: “The importance of the failure of the Florida case cannot be overstated. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit began its opinion concerning the rights of Epstein’s victims by stating ‘The facts underlying this case, as we understand them, are beyond scandalous — they tell a tale of national disgrace’.”

Arpan Rai30 December 2021 05:09
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s family launch appeal: ‘Firmly believe in our sister’s innocence’

The family of convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell said they have initiated an appeal process after the British socialite was found guilty of luring and grooming young girls into having sex with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell’s family, on Twitter on Thursday morning, said they were “very disappointed” with the verdict and had already begun the appeal process.

“We believe firmly in our sister’s innocence – we are very disappointed with the verdict. We have already started the appeal tonight and we believe that she will ultimately be vindicated,” the statement read.

Josh Payne has the full report here

Arpan Rai30 December 2021 04:34
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What were Prince Andrew’s ties to Maxwell?

Prince Andrew’s presence in the Maxwell trial was most keenly felt in a photograph he didn’t actually appear in.

Government exhibit GX-347 showed a picture of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein cozying up together on a porch bench on the grounds of the Queen’s Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands.

The photo was taken on a trip the pair took to the royal manor in 1999 as the guest of Andrew, the Duke of York.

It was among 19 images released to the jury of Epstein and Maxwell in exotic locations appearing to be very much in love that were found on CDs taken from a 2019 FBI raid on Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley explains the link between Prince Andrew and Maxwell:

Ghislaine Maxwell trial: What were Prince Andrew’s ties to Epstein partner?

Prince Andrew may have hoped to avoid further embarrassment during Maxwell’s trial, but a single image reminded the world of his intimate ties to the socialite and Epstein

Megan Sheets30 December 2021 04:00
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How Maxwell met Epstein

Maxwell, the daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell, told a 2016 deposition that she met Jeffrey Epstein, then a wealthy financier, in 1991 through a mutual friend.

During the 1990s the couple socialised with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as Prince Andrew, with Maxwell flying on Epstein’s private jets and staying at his homes, before settling in a $5m New York townhouse.

The Independent’s Graeme Massie explains how she came to know the convicted paedophile:

How Ghislaine Maxwell met Jeffrey Epstein

How Ghislaine Maxwell met Jeffrey Epstein

Megan Sheets30 December 2021 03:00
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How the spectre of Robert Maxwell hung over his daughter’s trial

It’s been 30 years since the death of Ghislaine Maxwell’s father Robert Maxwell, who was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Gran Canaria.

In recent weeks, both the fearsome personality of the larger-than life press baron and the nature of his demise, have been an attendant narrative to the courtroom drama that has gripped the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse in New York where his favourite daughter Ghislaine stood trial.

The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe explains how Robert Maxwell’s spectre hung over the case:

How spectre of Robert Maxwell hung over trial of his favourite daughter – Ghislaine

Larger-than-life businessman died 30 years ago but his story continues to reverberate, writes Andrew Buncombe

Megan Sheets30 December 2021 02:00
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ICYMI: Most explosive revelations from the trial

The federal government’s case against Maxwell centred around her decades-long relationship with Epstein. It alleged she operated as his enabler in luring vulnerable teenage girls with promises of scholarships, attention and financial assistance for their families, and coerced them into becoming objects for his sexual gratification.

This later expanded to a “pyramid scheme of abuse”, according to prosecutors, in which young girls already in Epstein’s orbit would offer to recruit classmates and friends with the promise of easy money.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley recaps the most explosive revelations across three weeks of testimony in Manhattan’s federal court:

Most explosive revelations from the Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Bombshell revelations of Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein’s inner world, a vociferous defence of the maligned socialite have consumed the trial so far, Bevan Hurley writes

Megan Sheets30 December 2021 01:00
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Here’s what Donald Trump said about Ghislaine Maxwell in 2020

After Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in July 2020, then-president Donald Trump was asked about the jailed socialite at a press conference.

“I wish her well,” Mr Trump replied.

Trump on Ghislaine Maxwell: ‘I wish her well’
Nathan Place30 December 2021 00:20

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