Epstein case: Ghislaine Maxwell, guilty of sex crimes, asks for clemency from justice

In a motion filed Wednesday evening with the federal court in Manhattan, the lawyers of Ms. Maxwell, 60, who faces up to 40 years of criminal imprisonment, ask that the judge not go beyond 20 years in prison.

Advice from the daughter of British media mogul Robert Maxwell (died 1991) and accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein — who killed himself in New York jail in August 2019 ahead of his trial for underage sex crimes — invokes liability and the harmful influence of these two men on their client.

Born and raised in a hyper-privileged environment in the United Kingdom, former figure of the international jet-set, Ghislaine Maxwell, who has triple British, French and American nationality, “had a difficult, traumatic childhood, with an authoritarian father, narcissistic and demanding”, argues the defense.

“It made her vulnerable to Epstein, whom she met just after her father’s death. It’s the biggest mistake of her life,” writes New York lawyer Bobbi Sternheim.

Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on December 29 of five of the six charges against her, including the most serious of sex trafficking of minors on behalf of Epstein. She had known the latter in the United States just after the death of Robert Maxwell, who mysteriously fell from his yacht in 1991.

Ghislaine Mawxell and Jeffrey Epstein formed a couple and were then collaborators and accomplices for 30 years.

The multi-millionaire financier, with powerful economic and political networks in the United States and abroad, was himself accused of raping young girls but his suicide extinguished the public action against him.

Arrested in the northeastern United States in the summer of 2020, a year after Epstein’s death, Maxwell is incarcerated in New York.

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