Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on five of six charges stemming from her participation in Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of teenage girls between 1994 and 2004.
A conspiracy between Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein, according to prosecutors, was formed in 1994 to entice young females into sexual encounters with Epstein in New York, Florida, New Mexico, and the United States Virgin Islands from 1994 to 2004. During the trial, four women testified that Epstein molested them and that Maxwell aided and abetted the abuse, at times participating in it as well as facilitating it.
For their part, Epstein’s defense team claimed that she was being exploited as a “scapegoat” for his crimes. Trial evidence varied between terrible testimony from sexual assault victims and insightful testimony regarding Epstein’s links to high-profile people such as Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew throughout the course of the trial, which started on November 29 and ended on December 6.
After pleading guilty to state prostitution charges in 2008, Epstein was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges in July of 2019, but he committed suicide in jail a month later. Ghislaine Maxwell, his confidante, and his former lover was apprehended a year later and has been detained in prison ever since. She faces up to 70 years in federal prison.