A jury in New York found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of five of six counts to entice teenage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein.
The jury debated for five days before handing down a guilty verdict on Wednesday night.
The verdict set a ceiling on a month-long trial that offers cumbersome tales of sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14. Four women testified that Maxwell personally abused them in the 1990s and early 2000s in Epstein’s home in Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Prosecutors paraded 24 witnesses before the jury to testify about Epstein’s jet-setting lifestyle and life in his many homes around the world.
It appeared that Epstein was on trial instead of Maxwell, who began dating Epstein after she moved to the United States from Britain in the 1990s.
Maxwell, pictured with supermodel Naomi Campbell in 2002, quickly fell in love with Epstein by luring and nurturing high school-aged girls to the delight of Epstein and his wealthy friends, including Prince Andrew of England (pictured below).
In 2020, the 60-year-old socialite was arrested by the federal government and charged with seducing minors and sex smuggling of underage girls.
The defense claimed that Maxwell was a victim of vengeful federal prosecutors who were deprived of their real target: Epstein. The multimillionaire financier hung himself in his prison cell in NY while awaiting trial in 2019.
According to Associated PressMaxwell faces up to five to 40 years in prison on each charge.
The US Virgin Islands Department of Justice announced on July 10, 2020 that Maxwell was also under investigation in the Caribbean.
Maxwell is a naturalized U.S. citizen, but retains citizenship of the United Kingdom and France.
If she is ever released from a US prison, she will be deported back to England.
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