Ghislaine Maxill, a socialite who was convicted of selling young survivors of sexual abuse to Jeffrey Epstein over 10 years last year, was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years imprisonment.
Some of Maxwell’s victims were in federal court to confront her, demanding that she spend the rest of her life behind bars.
Maxwell could be seen talking to her attorneys in the courtroom. It was a tension-filled scene. Maxwell appeared to be in prison, with her feet shackled and her hair straggly.
In a navy-blue prison dress, she spoke once, acknowledging Judge Alison J. Nathan that her presentence report had been read.
Maxwell, 60 years old, arranged a harem for Epstein’s disgraced billionaire. He died in his cell in 2019 after he was incarcerated. Maxwell was arrested one year later.
Federal prosecutors described Maxwell to be a “criminal.” “calculating, sophisticated, and dangerous criminal who preyed on vulnerable young girls and groomed them for sexual abuse.”
Nathan was requested to give Maxwell a minimum of a 30 year sentence for her involvement in Epstein’s victims.
Nathan stated that sentencing guidelines recommend a sentence between 15 and 19 year. Nathan’s sentence of 240 months, or 20 years, came after she heard from Maxwell’s victims and Maxwell herself.