Ghislaine Maxwell refused to look at her victims as they burst into tears while recounting abuse
A chained, gloomy Ghislaine Maxwell refused to return the looks of her victims when she entered Manhattan federal court earlier in the day to hear her fate.
Maxwell, 60, entered the court in a light blue prison uniform with a white long-sleeved T-shirt underneath.
Her ankles were chained together and she was wearing white sneakers.
Her sisters Isabel Maxwell and brother Kevin sat in the front row during the hearing and two rows behind them were her victims and their lawyers.
Maxwell refused to look at her victims’ eyes, even when they read their victim statements.
In Sarah Ransome’s case, she looked at her repeatedly and burst into tears, but Maxwell sipped her coffee quietly.
When Annie Farmer began to cry while reading her statement, Maxwell refused to look at her, too.
Judge Alison Nathan asked Maxwell to stand to read the verdict and she did not respond because she was told she would be serving 20 years in prison.
Maxwell was led out of the courtroom with the same ankle cuffs she had been brought in.
Ghislaine Maxwell remained silent during her sentencing Tuesday as she wore a light blue prison uniform with a white long-sleeved T-shirt underneath.
Maxwell refused to look at her victims’ eyes, even when they read their victim statements. In Sarah Ransome’s case, she looked at her repeatedly and burst into tears, but Maxwell sipped her coffee calmly.
Maxwell was led out of the courtroom with the same ankle cuffs that brought her in…
Judge Alison Nathan asked Maxwell to stand up to read the verdict and did not respond because she was told she would serve 20 years in prison
Judge Alison Nathan handed down the 240-month sentence, followed by five years of supervised release, after calling Maxwell’s crimes “horrible and premature.” The judge fined her $750,000 and ordered her: sent to the Danbury, Connecticut, Federal Correctional Institution.
The conviction marks the end of a decades-long struggle for justice by victims of Maxwell and Epstein
The low-security federal prison was the inspiration for the fictional prison in the Netflix show ‘Orange Is The New Black’.
‘Madam. Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable and played a critical role in facilitating sexual abuse,” Judge Nathan said, making clear the case required a “highly significant sentence” that sent an “unmistakable message.” that such crimes would be punished.
There is no federal prison parole, so Maxwell will likely serve the full 20-year sentence, but could potentially be released a few years earlier for good behavior.
After the sentencing, Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim said outside the courthouse: “Our client Ghislaine Maxwell has been vilified, pilloried and left little room for her to be treated fairly.
“Because even before she stumbled into this courthouse, she was tried and convicted in the court of public opinion.
“Ghislaine will appeal this case and we are confident she will prevail on appeal.”
Maxwell’s brother, Kevin, spoke shortly after the conviction and said they would stand “firmly” behind her throughout her appeal.
Ghislaine Maxwell attorney Bobbi Sternheim talks to media outside New York’s Southern District Court after sentencing
Sarah Ransome and Elizabeth Stein held hands as they left court on Tuesday. Ransome claimed in her victim statement: ‘I was nothing more than a sex toy with a heartbeat and soul used to entertain Epstein, Maxwell and others’. Elizabeth Stein revealed she had to have an abortion after being raped ‘countless times’
Annie Farmer laughs outside the Manhattan courthouse after the verdict. Boer fought back tears when she asked the judge to consider the ‘ongoing suffering of the many women she abused and exploited’
Before the sentencing, Maxwell spoke to the court and said she had been “fooled” by Epstein.
“I realize I have been convicted of assisting Jeffrey Epstein in committing these crimes,” she said. “My association with Epstein will permanently stain me. It is the greatest regret of my life that I have ever met him.’
She added that Epstein was “fooling all the people in his job.”
She addressed her victims and said, “I’m sorry for the pain you experienced. I hope my sentencing and harsh imprisonment will bring you to an end.
“I hope this brings the women who have suffered a measure of peace and finality to help you put those experiences of so many years ago in a place where you can look forward and not back.”
After the conviction, Annie Farmer slammed Maxwell’s “very hollow” apology.
“It felt really powerful to finally have the opportunity to speak and have my voice heard and say how her crimes have affected people and me,” Farmer said.
“Her statement felt like a very hollow apology to me. she took no responsibility for her crimes that she had committed, and felt like she was once again trying to do something for her benefit and not at all for the damage she caused.”
STATEMENT BY GHISLAINE MAXWELL BEFORE THE COURT:
Your Honor, it is difficult for me to address the court after listening to the pain and fear expressed today.
The horrific impact on the lives of so many women is hard to hear and even harder to absorb, both in magnitude and magnitude.
I acknowledge their suffering and deeply sympathize with all the victims in this case.
I also acknowledge that I was a victim of helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes.”
I realize I have been convicted of helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes. My association with Epstein will permanently stain me.
It’s the biggest regret of my life that I ever met him.
I believe Jeffrey Epstein has fooled everyone in his job. His victims considered him a mentor, friend, lover.
Jeffrey Epstein should have stood in front of you. In 2005. In 2009. And again in 2019. But today I have to be sentenced.
His impact on everyone close to him is devastating.
Victims considered him a godfather, a mentor, a benefactor, a friend, a lover.
It is absolutely unfathomable today to think that he was viewed that way at the time. His impact on everyone close to him is devastating.
I’m sorry for the pain you experienced. I hope my sentencing and harsh imprisonment will bring you to an end.
I hope this will bring the women who have suffered a measure of peace and finality to help you put those experiences of so many years ago in a place where you can look forward and not back.
I also recognize the paint this cause has painted on those I love, the many I held and still hold dear, the relationships I’ve lost and will never be able to regain.
It is my sincere wish to everyone in this courtroom and to everyone outside this courtroom who will bring a terrible chapter to a close today.
And to those of you who have spoken here today and those who have not, may this day help you journey through the darkness into the light.