Jury finds Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on 5 of 6 sex trafficking charges

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:33 AM PT – Thursday, December 30, 2021

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is found guilty on five of six charges relating to her role in aiding American millionaire Jeffery Epstein in his sexual abuse of minors from 1994 to 2004.

After five full days of deliberations, a New York federal court found the 60-year-old guilty of five federal charges, including sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three related counts of conspiracy.

The only charge Maxwell was acquitted for was enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, but she still faces up to 65 years in prison.

Maxwell reportedly showed no visible reaction when the verdict was announced and U.S. attorney Damian Williams, who worked as a prosecutor on the case, thanked the victims for their courage during the trial.

“The road to justice has been far too long, but today justice has been done,” said Williams. “I want to commend the bravery of the girls now grown women who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made today’s result and this case possible.”

Meanwhile, her attorneys said they are already working on an appeal to prove her innocence and are confident she will be acquitted.

“We firmly believe in Ghislaine’s innocence,” said Bobbi Sternheim, Maxwell’s defense attorney. “Obviously, we are very disappointed in the verdict. We have already started working on the appeal and we are confident she will be vindicated.”

Maxwell still faces two pending perjury charges related to a 2016 civil deposition and the judge has not yet scheduled a date for sentencing.

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