Ghislaine Maxwell trying to stop victim Sarah Ransome from testifying against her at her sentencing
Ghislaine Maxwell tries to prevent Sarah Ransome, a British victim of pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, from testifying against her at the heiress’ hearing next week.
Lawyers for Maxwell, 60, are trying to prevent Ms Ransome from making a victim statement in a Manhattan court on Tuesday, when a judge will determine Maxwell’s jail term for sex trafficking, with the prosecutor seeking 20 years.
Maxwell’s legal team has filed an application with the court stating that Ms Ransome’s alleged sexual abuse is outside the time period for the offenses covered by the trial.
Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s accomplice, was convicted in December of five of the six charges, including sex trafficking of a minor — the youngest victim, a 14-year-old girl, who transported a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three related counts of conspiracy, and faces a maximum of 65 years in prison.
Mrs Ransome said: The Telegraph during Maxwell’s trial, “She (Maxwell) looked at me and she walked up to me and said, ‘Jeffrey wants you.’ And I completely stiffened… she took my arm and marched me into Jeffrey’s room, where I had been raped.’
“As I walked out of the room, she smiled with those black eyes like a great white shark. She liked to know what had happened to me.’
Ransome (pictured outside the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in New York on November 29, 2021 during Maxwell’s trial) was recruited into the sex trafficking ring in 2006 when she was 22 and now hopes to make a victim statement in Maxwell’s conviction
This sketch shows the moment Maxwell was convicted in December 2021 on five of the six charges she faces. She will be sentenced next week on June 28.
An undated Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at the Queen’s Log Cabin at Glen Beg, Balmoral. Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison for her part in Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes, but prosecution pushes for just 20 years
The disgraced socialite has been held in solitary confinement in the Brooklyn Detention Center since July 2020, where guards told her “there were concerns she could be shot by a sniper.”
Ms. Ransome hopes to appear along with another alleged Epstein victim, Elizabeth Stein, to address U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan as she serves the sentence for Maxwell’s five counts of sex trafficking of women and young girls for Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
“The conduct underlying the charges against Ms. Maxwell ended ‘in or about 2004,'” Maxwell’s legal team wrote to the court on Tuesday.
“To our knowledge, Ms. Ransome claims she was a victim of Epstein and Ms. Maxwell from approximately October 2006 to April 2007, a full two years after the conduct ended in this case. She therefore does not qualify as a ‘crime victim’ under the CVRA (Crime Victims Act).’
It is an appeal to this technicality that Maxwell’s lawyers hope to rule out Ms. Ransome’s testimony. Ms. Stein’s alleged abuse took place in 1994 and therefore her testimony is exempt from this defense.
Maxwell’s legal team wrote an application to court stating that Ms Ransome’s alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Epstein and Maxwell (left) is out of time for offenses covered by the trial
“While it is appropriate for victims to be present under the CVRA, Ms. Maxwell’s sentencing proceeding should not be an open forum for an alleged victim to be heard,” the attorneys wrote.
Ms Ransome, 37, born in Johannesburg to British parents, alleges she was sexually assaulted by Epstein on his private Virginia Island in 2006 and that Maxwell was fully complicit.
Her allegations include not only that she was aware of the abuse, but that Maxwell had actively taken her to Epstein to be raped.
Maxwell is expected to be sentenced next Tuesday, June 28, with the probation service recommending a prison term of 20 years, under the sentencing guidelines of up to 65 years for the crimes for which the British heiress was convicted.
Maxwell has requested a lenient sentence of just four years and three months in prison, arguing that she will be scapegoated as a proxy for Epstein’s crimes, and that her philanthropic work has demonstrated a “desire to to do good in the world’.
Her legal files claimed that helping launch the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) showed she has a “desire to do good in the world.”
A 2002 photo from the Africa Tour shows Clinton standing on the steps of Epstein’s plane with his arm on a smiling Maxwell’s shoulder. Clinton flew Epstein’s jet dozens of times, including trips to Africa and Asia after he left office
DailyMail.com has obtained a photo of a signed copy of Bill Clinton’s memoir. The former president wrote ‘To Ghislaine with love’ in blue marker on the front of ‘My Life,’ said Maxwell’s former dog walker Rasmus Alpsjö
The file reads: ‘Ms. Maxwell has always worked hard. Her many educational, professional and career achievements include becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a helicopter pilot, an underwater pilot, a banker; partner with the Cleveland Clinic to establish a telemedicine platform to empower people in remote areas to receive quality medical treatment; helping develop the Clinton Global Initiative; and supporting various non-profit and charitable organizations.”
In a later section, the document mentions that Maxwell is not an “heiress, scoundrel, or dumb socialite.”
The most recently known image of Ghislaine Maxwell, released by her lawyers in 2021. They are now demanding she spend just four years behind bars for child sexual abuse
The claim once again puts the spotlight on the ties between Maxwell, Epstein and Clinton.
Epstein claimed to have helped Clinton launch the CGI, and the former president flew his private jet — known as the “Lolita Express” — dozens of times.
In a photo taken as the plane was about to take off, Maxwell stands with Clinton on the steps of the plane, the two smiling warmly.
The claim that Maxwell had been targeted by a sniper was made during a portion of the preliminary filing that discussed Maxwell’s treatment in the MDC pending trial.
The document reads: ‘The treatment imposed on Ms. Maxwell was unnecessary and deliberately humiliating and threatening.
“While she was in isolation, a high-ranking prison guard told Ms Maxwell that there were concerns that she might be shot by a sniper. Aside from the rationale and appropriateness of providing this alarming information, the reduction in security concerns resulting in her transmission to the general population appears to be correlated with Ms. Maxwell being adequately secured to fill Epstein’s empty chair.”
Maxwell’s attorneys allege she was recently threatened by an inmate in the general population, claiming she said the extra 20 years in prison would be “worth the money” if she killed Jeffrey Epstein’s lover.
Her lawyers also claim she is reprimanded several times a day, claiming to have been “sexually inappropriately touched by guards.”