Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years for helping Epstein

Jun 27, 2022, 11:23 AM | Updated: Jun 28, 2022, 5:59 pm
Christine Maxwell, left, Kevin Maxwell, rear center, and Isabel Maxwell, right, siblings of Ghislai...

Christine Maxwell, left, Kevin Maxwell, rear center, and Isabel Maxwell, right, siblings of Ghislaine Maxwell, leave federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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              Christine Maxwell, left, Kevin Maxwell, rear center, and Isabel Maxwell, right, siblings of Ghislaine Maxwell, leave federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, left, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, and her lawyer Sigrid McCawley leave federal court,, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Attorney Brad Edwards speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sigrid McCawley, center, attorney for Annie Farmer, right, speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, walks towards waiting reporters outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, center, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, speaks to members of the media with her lawyer Sigrid McCawley outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Kevin Maxwell, brother of Ghislaine Maxwell, walks through a crowd of reporters outside the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, left, and Elizabeth Stein, both alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, speak to reporters as they leave the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.  Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping  Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. The stiff sentence was the punctuation mark on a trial that explored the sordid rituals of a predator power couple who courted the rich and famous as they lured vulnerable girls as young as 14, and then exploited them.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, left, and Elizabeth Stein, who both have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse, leave the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, following the sentencing of Epstein's associate, Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping the Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan makes her statement during Ghislaine Maxwell's sentencing in federal court, in New York, Tuesday. June 28, 2022. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, left, escorted by a U.S. Marshal, wears leg shackles as she enters the courtroom for her sentencing in federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Es este bosquejo de la corte, Ghislaine Maxwell, derecha, está sentada junto a su abogado, Christian Everdell, mientras el fiscal habla en su audiencia de sentencia el 28 de junio del 2022 en Nueva York.  (AP Foto/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Christine Maxwell, left, Kevin Maxwell, rear center, and Isabel Maxwell, right, siblings of Ghislaine Maxwell, leave federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, left, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, and her lawyer Sigrid McCawley leave federal court,, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Attorney Brad Edwards speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sigrid McCawley, center, attorney for Annie Farmer, right, speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, walks towards waiting reporters outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, center, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, speaks to members of the media with her lawyer Sigrid McCawley outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Kevin Maxwell, brother of Ghislaine Maxwell, walks through a crowd of reporters outside the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, left, and Elizabeth Stein, both alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, speak to reporters as they leave the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.  Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping  Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. The stiff sentence was the punctuation mark on a trial that explored the sordid rituals of a predator power couple who courted the rich and famous as they lured vulnerable girls as young as 14, and then exploited them.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, left, and Elizabeth Stein, who both have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse, leave the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, following the sentencing of Epstein's associate, Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping the Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan makes her statement during Ghislaine Maxwell's sentencing in federal court, in New York, Tuesday. June 28, 2022. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, left, escorted by a U.S. Marshal, wears leg shackles as she enters the courtroom for her sentencing in federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Es este bosquejo de la corte, Ghislaine Maxwell, derecha, está sentada junto a su abogado, Christian Everdell, mientras el fiscal habla en su audiencia de sentencia el 28 de junio del 2022 en Nueva York.  (AP Foto/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Christine Maxwell, left, Kevin Maxwell, rear center, and Isabel Maxwell, right, siblings of Ghislaine Maxwell, leave federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, left, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, and her lawyer Sigrid McCawley leave federal court,, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Attorney Brad Edwards speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sigrid McCawley, center, attorney for Annie Farmer, right, speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, walks towards waiting reporters outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, center, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, speaks to members of the media with her lawyer Sigrid McCawley outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Kevin Maxwell, brother of Ghislaine Maxwell, walks through a crowd of reporters outside the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, left, and Elizabeth Stein, both alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, speak to reporters as they leave the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.  Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping  Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. The stiff sentence was the punctuation mark on a trial that explored the sordid rituals of a predator power couple who courted the rich and famous as they lured vulnerable girls as young as 14, and then exploited them.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, left, and Elizabeth Stein, who both have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse, leave the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, following the sentencing of Epstein's associate, Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping the Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan makes her statement during Ghislaine Maxwell's sentencing in federal court, in New York, Tuesday. June 28, 2022. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, left, escorted by a U.S. Marshal, wears leg shackles as she enters the courtroom for her sentencing in federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Es este bosquejo de la corte, Ghislaine Maxwell, derecha, está sentada junto a su abogado, Christian Everdell, mientras el fiscal habla en su audiencia de sentencia el 28 de junio del 2022 en Nueva York.  (AP Foto/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Christine Maxwell, left, Kevin Maxwell, rear center, and Isabel Maxwell, right, siblings of Ghislaine Maxwell, leave federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, left, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, and her lawyer Sigrid McCawley leave federal court,, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Attorney Brad Edwards speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sigrid McCawley, center, attorney for Annie Farmer, right, speaks to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, walks towards waiting reporters outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Annie Farmer, center, one of the four accusers who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell at trial, speaks to members of the media with her lawyer Sigrid McCawley outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Kevin Maxwell, brother of Ghislaine Maxwell, walks through a crowd of reporters outside the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, left, and Elizabeth Stein, both alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, speak to reporters as they leave the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.  Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping  Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. The stiff sentence was the punctuation mark on a trial that explored the sordid rituals of a predator power couple who courted the rich and famous as they lured vulnerable girls as young as 14, and then exploited them.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, left, and Elizabeth Stein, who both have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse, leave the federal courthouse in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, following the sentencing of Epstein's associate, Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for helping the Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan makes her statement during Ghislaine Maxwell's sentencing in federal court, in New York, Tuesday. June 28, 2022. Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, left, escorted by a U.S. Marshal, wears leg shackles as she enters the courtroom for her sentencing in federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Es este bosquejo de la corte, Ghislaine Maxwell, derecha, está sentada junto a su abogado, Christian Everdell, mientras el fiscal habla en su audiencia de sentencia el 28 de junio del 2022 en Nueva York.  (AP Foto/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Ghislaine Maxwell's attorney Bobbi Sternheim arrives at federal court in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, walk to federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, speak to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, right, is seated beside her attorney, Christian Everdell, as they watch the prosecutor speak during her sentencing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell faces the likelihood of years in prison when she is sentenced for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Ghislaine Maxwell's attorney Bobbi Sternheim arrives at federal court in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, walk to federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, speak to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, right, is seated beside her attorney, Christian Everdell, as they watch the prosecutor speak during her sentencing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Maxwell faces the likelihood of years in prison when she is sentenced for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
            
              Ghislaine Maxwell's attorney Bobbi Sternheim arrives at federal court in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, walk to federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, speak to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Ghislaine Maxwell's attorney Bobbi Sternheim arrives at federal court in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, walk to federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, speak to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Ghislaine Maxwell's attorney Bobbi Sternheim arrives at federal court in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, walk to federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Sarah Ransome, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, alongside Elizabeth Stein, left, speak to members of the media outside federal court, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was set to be sentenced Tuesday for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              FILE — In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell enters the courtroom escorted by U.S. Marshalls at the start of her trial, Nov. 29, 2021, in New York. Maxwell faces the likelihood of years in prison when she is sentenced for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. The sentencing hearing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York will be the culmination of a prosecution that detailed how Epstein and Maxwell flaunted their riches and associations with prominent people to groom vulnerable girls and then exploit them. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for helping the financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls.

The stiff sentence was a victory for a group of women who spent years fighting for justice after an earlier generation of prosecutors failed to pursue the predatory power couple.

Epstein, who killed himself in 2019 while awaiting trial, sexually abused children hundreds of times over more than a decade, exploiting vulnerable girls as young as 14. Prosecutors said he couldn’t have done so without the help of Maxwell, his longtime companion.

Maxwell, wearing a blue prison uniform and a white mask to conform with coronavirus rules, looked to one side as the sentence was announced, but otherwise did not react. She wore leg shackles that could be heard rattling when she walked into the courtroom.

The sentence was shorter than the term sought by prosecutors, but Epstein’s accusers still expressed relief.

“It’s been an incredibly long road to justice for myself and for many other survivors,” said Sarah Ransome, one of Epstein’s accusers. “This is for the girls that didn’t have their say, the ones that weren’t here.”

A jury in December convicted Maxwell, 60, of sex trafficking, transporting a minor to participate in illegal sex acts and two conspiracy charges.

Judge Alison J. Nathan noted as she imposed the prison term and a $750,000 fine that Maxwell never expressed remorse for her crimes. The judge said she wanted the sentence to send an “unmistakable message” that nobody was above the law.

Addressing the court earlier, Maxwell stood at a lectern and said she empathized with the survivors and hoped her punishment would bring them peace. But she did not admit culpability and laid blame for the abuse on Epstein, saying meeting him was the “greatest regret of my life.”

She called him “a manipulative, cunning and controlling man who lived a profoundly compartmentalized life.”

The judge said Maxwell was being punished for her “heinous and predatory” crimes, not Epstein’s. She criticized Maxwell’s “pattern of deflection and blame.”

Four survivors at the sentencing described their sexual abuse, including Annie Farmer, who was briefly overcome with emotion as she addressed the judge.

She said she and her sister tried to go public with their stories about being abused by Epstein and Maxwell two decades ago, only to be shut down by the powerful couple through threats and influence with authorities.

“We will continue to live with the harm she caused us,” Farmer said.

Inside a courtroom crowded with reporters, three of Maxwell’s siblings sat in a row behind her. Outside the courthouse, Kevin Maxwell said that his sister won’t give up on her legal battle, “and we as a family will be solidly behind her.”

Defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim promised to appeal. She said Epstein left Maxwell “holding the whole bag.”

“We all know that the person who should have been sentenced today escaped accountability, avoided his victims, avoided absorbing their pain and receiving the punishment he truly deserved,” she said.

Over the past 17 years, scores of women have accused Epstein of abusing them, with many describing Maxwell as the madam who recruited them.

The allegations against Epstein first surfaced in 2005. The FBI and local police had, at the time, amassed evidence of sexual misconduct with many underage girls.

But under a deal with federal and state prosecutors in Florida, later criticized as lenient, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution-related charges involving just one girl and served 13 months in prison, much of it in a work-release program. Afterward, he was required to register as a sex offender.

In the years that followed, many women sued Epstein over alleged abuse. One, Virginia Giuffre, claimed that Epstein and Maxwell had also pressured her into sexual trysts with other powerful men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew. All of those men denied the allegations, and Giuffre ultimately settled a lawsuit against Andrew out of court.

Federal prosecutors in New York revived the case against Epstein after stories by the Miami Herald in 2018 brought new attention to his crimes. He was arrested in 2019, but killed himself a month later.

Eleven months after his death, Maxwell was arrested at a New Hampshire estate. Since then, she has been jailed in a federal facility in New York City.

Epstein and Maxwell’s associations with some of the world’s most famous people were not a prominent part of her trial, but mentions of friends such as Bill Clinton and Donald Trump showed how the pair exploited their connections to impress their prey.

The trial revolved around allegations from only a handful of Epstein’s accusers.

Four testified that they were abused as teens in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein’s mansions in Florida, New York, New Mexico and the Virgin Islands.

Three were identified in court only by their first names or pseudonyms to protect their privacy: Jane, a television actress; Kate, an ex-model from the U.K.; and Carolyn, now a mom recovering from drug addiction. The fourth was Farmer, the sole accuser to identify herself in court by her real name, after speaking out publicly.

They described how Maxwell charmed them with conversation and gifts and promises that Epstein could use his wealth and connections to help fulfill their dreams.

Then, they testified, she led them to give massages to Epstein that turned sexual and played it off as normal.

Carolyn testified that she was one of several underprivileged teens who lived near Epstein’s Florida home in the early 2000s and took up an offer to massage him in exchange for $100 bills in what prosecutors described as “a pyramid of abuse.”

Maxwell made all the arrangements, Carolyn told the jury, even though she knew the girl was only 14 at the time.

Maxwell’s lawyers fought to have her conviction tossed out on the grounds of juror misconduct. Days after the verdict, one juror gave media interviews in which he disclosed he had been sexually abused as a child — something he hadn’t told the court during jury selection. Maxwell’s lawyers said she deserved a new trial. A judge disagreed.

During Maxwell’s sentencing hearing Tuesday, the juror sat quietly among other spectators.

At least eight women submitted letters to the judge, describing the sexual abuse they said they endured.

Anne Holve and Philip Maxwell, her eldest siblings, wrote to the court to ask for leniency and said that their sister’s relationship with Epstein began soon after the 1991 death of their father, the British newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell.

Robert Maxwell, they wrote, subjected his daughter to “frequent rapid mood swings, huge rages and rejections,” which “led her to becoming very vulnerable to abusive and powerful men who would be able to take advantage of her innate good nature.”

Ransome — an accuser whose allegations weren’t included in the trial — testified about the lasting harm to her life, gazing directly at Maxwell several times.

“You broke me in unfathomable ways,” said Ransome, who twice tried to die by suicide. “But you did not break my spirit.”

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GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
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