GHISLAINE Maxwell was found guilty of five out of six counts in her sex trafficking trial on Wednesday.

The jury found Maxwell guilty on five charges, which include conspiracy, sex trafficking, and transportation of an individual under the age of 17 with the intent to engage in sexual activity

The only charge Maxwell was not found guilty of in her trial was count two, which was enticement of an individual under the age of 17 to travel with intent to engage in sexual activity.

Jurors submitted several requests to the judge earlier this week, including the legal definition of “enticement,” transcripts of testimony, colored highlighters, post-it notes, and a whiteboard.

Maxwell’s top charge, which is a sex-trafficking count, carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Ultimately, the socialite could face up to 65 years in prison, and would be without her husband, Scott Borgerson, whom she secretly married in 2016.

Maxwell told court chiefs that she had tried to file for a divorce before her arrest so her husband wouldn’t suffer from “being associated with her.”

Read our Ghislaine Maxwell live blog for the very latest news and updates…

  • ‘Start naming names’

    Now that Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty of most of the charges against her, some people on social media want her to start “naming names” before she is sentenced.

  • What has Ghislaine Maxwell been accused of?

    Maxwell has been accused of acting as a “madam” for Jeffrey Epstein, US court documents previously revealed.

    Prosecutors allege she had a history of giving powerful men access to women.

    A defamation case involving Virginia Giuffre claims Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and that she was recruited by Maxwell in 1999 where she was introduced to Epstein.

  • Did Maxwell testify?

    Maxwell did not testify in her sex trafficking trial.

    The British socialite, 59, was said to be “too fragile” to take the witness stand.

    Her spokesman previously said: “Ghislaine Maxwell is unlikely to testify over serious worries she is too fragile and will not be able to acquit herself properly.”

    Her family has complained she is not being fed correctly and shackled to and from court.

    A friend said: “There are significant concerns about her health.”

  • How long will Ghislaine Maxwell spend in prison?

    The convicted sex trafficker could spend up to 65 years in prison.

    She was found guilty of five out of the six federal charges brought against her.

  • Maximum sentences for each charge

    • Count one – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count two – (not guilty) maximum sentence of five years
    • Count three – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count four – maximum sentence of 10 years
    • Counts five – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count six – maximum sentence of 40 years
  • The charges

    Prosecutors alleged that between 1994 and 1997 Maxwell helped Epstein to groom girls as young as 14.

    Maxwell was charged with six counts of sex trafficking offenses, and was found guilty of five:

    • Count one – GUILTY: Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
    • Count two – NOT GUILTY: Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts 
    • Count three – GUILTY: Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity 
    • Count four – GUILTY: Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity 
    • Counts five – GUILTY: Conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors
    • Count six – GUILTY: Sex trafficking of minors

    The 17-page indictment against Maxwell accused her of grooming and befriending victims, normalizing inappropriate behavior, being present during abuse to put victims at ease, encouraging victims to accept Epstein’s help, and encouraging victims to engage in sexual activity and taking part herself.

  • Annie Farmer’s statement

    Farmer, another of Maxwell’s accusers, also reacted to the guilty verdict.

    Her statement said: “I am so relieved and grateful that the jury recognized the pattern of predatory behavior that Maxwell engaged in for years and found her guilty of these crimes.

    “I hope that this verdict brings solace to all who need it and demonstrates that no one is above the law. Even those with great power and privilege will be held accountable when they sexually abuse and exploit the young.”

  • Maxwell family statement

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s family released a statement after a guilty verdict was announced.

    It read: “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.”

  • Retired Palm Beach police chief’s statement

    Retired Palm Beach police chief Michael Reiter issued a statement after Maxwell was found guilty on Wednesday.

    “In 2005, early in our investigation, the Palm Beach Police Department recognized the importance of stopping Jeffrey Epstein and bringing him to justice. The Department never bent to the power and influence brought to bear against us. Unfortunately, of the many other agencies involved, only the FBI acted in a similar way.

    “The U.S. 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 importance of the failure of the Florida case cannot be overstated.

    “Law school professors should teach this case in legal ethics courses as examples of how not to treat victims of sex crimes and as a forewarning to prosecutors on how they can be influenced to fail in their duties to both victims and the public.”

  • Maxwell’s New York socialite history

    Ghislaine Maxwell moved to New York in the early 1990s after her father, the media mogul Robert Maxwell, died.

    She started dating Jeffrey Epstein in 1992 and remained in a close friendship until his fall from grace.

    The court heard during the December 8 and 9 trial that Maxwell and Epstein were in a romantic relationship.

    Prosecutors said that Maxwell and Epstein were “partners in crime” in the abuse of the girls.

    Maxwell would fly on his private jet, live with him in his mansions and eventually got her own five-story Manhattan townhouse.

    After Epstein was arrested for sexually abusing minors, Maxwell claimed he was a “kind generous loving man.”

  • Bad news for Prince Andrew, Continued

    “We know that prosecutors are looking at other co-conspirators in connection with Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex ring.

    “Ghislaine undoubtedly possesses information which could assist prosecutors in other cases. If she decides to co-operate, her testimony could be devastating.

    “She was Epstein’s right-hand woman for years, imagine what she knows?”

  • ‘Could be bad news for Prince Andrew’

    A legal source connected with Maxwell’s case told The Mail on Sunday a guilty verdict in the case could spell trouble for the royal.

    “This could be bad news for Prince Andrew and other high-profile men who hung out with Ghislaine and Jeffrey Epstein,” the source said.

    “It is possible she will begin to co-operate and tell what she knows in an attempt to lessen her jail term.

  • Trial revelations: creepy paintings

    Pictures from the raid also show a number of weird paintings on the walls of the mansion.

    Prosecutors claimed the interior of Epstein’s mansion is proof of a sexualised atmosphere encouraged by Maxwell to put pressure on the victims.

    In the mansion, you can see paintings of nude women hanging on the wall – with a bare bum visible in one, and two naked women lying on a bed in the other.

    A photo of a seemingly naked woman is also seen hanging on a door between the two sketches.

  • Trial revelations: naked picture

    Prosecutors released more than 60 images from a police raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous Palm Beach mansion as part of the case.

    The jury was shown police videotape and photos of the interior of Epstein’s Florida home.

    The video and pictures were taken during a search of the mansion – which has been dubbed the “House of Sin” – during the 2005 investigation into Epstein.

    Photos include images of a room in the property with a desk which appears to have a nude photo of Ghislaine sitting on it.

    It appears to be a now-famous photo of her lying on a beach.

  • Trial revelations: flight logs

    The Duke of York and former President Donald Trump flew on Epstein’s private jet, the pedophile’s former pilot told the trial.

    Lawrence Visoski, who testified for the prosecution, was quizzed during cross examination about passengers aboard Epstein’s private planes.

    Maxwell was the “number two” in the hierarchy of Epstein’s employees, while the millionaire himself was the “big number one”, he said.

    And he confirmed Trump, Andrew along with Bill Clinton all flew on the jet.

    Other big names who flew on the plane include Hollywood stars Kevin Spacey & Chris Tucker, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and US Senators John Glenn & George Mitchell.

  • Trial revelations: the queen’s cabin

    A picture shown in Maxwell’s trial shows her and Epstein at The Queen’s Scottish home in Balmoral.

    It is unclear when the photograph was taken but it has been reported Prince Andrew hosted multi-millionaire pedophile Epstein there in 1999.

    The pair are seen lounging on the porch of Her Majesty’s log cabin in Glen Beg, with Maxwell leaning against Epstein.

    According to reports, Andrew hosted Epstein’s entourage, including a model in her 20s.

    Prince Andrew strongly denies all allegations of misconduct against him and says he was not aware of the financier’s crimes.

  • Trial revelations: employee rules

    Employees were told to “be cautious of voice levels and noise” while working at the property.

    They were also told: “Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you.”

    Staff were banned from eating or drinking in front of Maxwell, Epstein or their guests and were also instructed not to wear “strong perfume or aftershave lotion.”

    Alessi said working conditions at the Florida home were like “slavery”.

  • Trial revelations: ‘House of sin’ manual

    Maxwell handed Epstein’s housekeeper a “degrading” 58-page booklet which shows staff were told to “see nothing and say nothing”.

    Juan Patricio Alessi, 71, who worked at the paedo’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida from 1990 to 2002, took the stand on the fifth day of the trial.

    He said that the Brit once handed him a hefty booklet with a checklist detailing the tasks he was to carry out to “maintain the house” – something he said he found “degrading”.

    The book, which was submitted into evidence and was written by a “countess”, the court heard, was released showing yet more strict rules staff members were told to follow.

  • Maximum sentences for each charge

    • Count one – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count two – (not guilty) maximum sentence of five years
    • Count three – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count four – maximum sentence of 10 years
    • Counts five – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count six – maximum sentence of 40 years
  • No reaction from Maxwell

    According to The Independent reporter, Bevan Hurley, Ghislaine Maxwell showed no emotion when her verdict was read out.

    She now faces up to 65 years behind bars.

  • ‘Trial of the century’

    In what was described as the “trial of the century”, the jury heard how Maxwell snared girls as young as 14 for Epstein – and even joined in the abuse herself.

    On the final day of the trial on Monday, Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe summed up the prosecution case against Maxwell, who she said was a “grown woman who preyed on vulnerable kids”.

  • Not guilty on one count

    While the jury found Maxwell guilty on five charges on Wednesday, they acquitted her of one charge of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

    Maxwell’s lawyers have said they will appeal her conviction on sex trafficking charges.

  • Maxwell found guilty on five counts

    On Wednesday, the British socialite was found guilty of five of the six charges she was accused of.

    The jury deemed her guilty of:

    • Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
    • Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
    • Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
    • Sex trafficking conspiracy
    • sex trafficking of a minor
  • Maxwell’s lawyers will appeal

    The convicted sex trafficker’s lawyers have said they are already working on appealing the jury’s decision.

    “We firmly believe in Ghislaine’s innocence. Obviously, we are very disappointed with the verdict,” said Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi C. Sternheim.

  • Scene outside the courtroom

    Miami Herald journalist Julie K Brown shared a video of the media outside the Thurgood Marshall Federal Court on Wednesday after a jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of sex trafficking.

Source: thesun

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