Ghislaine Maxwell was handed a 20-year prison sentence by a court in New York on Tuesday for helping Jeffrey Epstein in sexually abusing girls. The Manhattan federal court announced the judgement after a long-drawn case, and this means that the 60-year-old will be spending a majority of her remaining life in prison. Maxwell, who is the daughter of late Robert Maxwell, was found guilty on five out of the six counts brought against her including sex trafficking of minors. The court found her guilty of helping her then-boyfriend Epstein in sexually abusing minor girls.
Although her lawyers asked the court for leniency due to trauma, judge Alison Nathan decided to hand out the sentence that was suggested by the US Probation Office. Earlier, the prosecutors in the case asked the court for a sentence between 30 and 55 years.
“Today’s sentence holds Ghislaine Maxwell accountable for perpetrating heinous crimes against children,” Damian Williams, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Tuesday.
“This sentence sends a strong message that no one is above the law, and it is never too late for justice,” he added in the judgement that marked a temporary end to the high-profile scandal. Maxwell was arrested in 2020 and she has been in prison ever since. Epstein, who was arrested earlier, killed himself in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial for crimes he committed in New York.
“Ms Maxwell cannot and should not bear all the punishment for which Epstein should have been held responsible,” the defence lawyers argued in front of the court.