Ghislaine Maxwell’s prison sentence is finally set

Ghislaine Maxwell is finally paying the price for the role she played in the sex trade of young girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein. According to The Guardian, Maxwell — Epstein’s longtime girlfriend and accomplice — was arrested back in July 2020 on multiple sexual abuse charges dating back to 1994 and running throughout 2004. The British socialite went on trial and in December 2021 was found guilty of five counts, including “sex trafficking of minors, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three related counts of conspiracy,” per CNN. “[It is] a great day for justice and for the Maxwell family,” said attorney David Boies.

According to CBS News, at the time of her guilty verdict, prosecutors were looking for Maxwell to serve anywhere from 30 to 55 years in federal prison. But now they have finally made a decision.

Ghislaine Maxwell is finally paying for her crimes

Ghislaine Maxwell has spent more than a decade helping sex offender Jeffrey Epstein commit several heinous sexual acts against young girls. And now she goes down for the crimes she and her lover committed. According to NBC News, Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her involvement in “recruiting” minors for her longtime boyfriend.

In addition to her two-decade sentence, she is expected to serve five years of supervised release and pay a $750,000 fine. Before the judge announced her verdict, Maxwell addressed her victims and claimed she regretted their wrongdoing. “It’s the biggest regret of my life that I ever met Jeffrey Epstein,” she said in court (per AP News). Maxwell also described her former boyfriend as a “manipulative, cunning, and controlling man who lived a deeply compartmentalized life.”

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According to CNN, Epstein was previously slapped with a series of federal sex trafficking charges in July 2019, but later died of suicide before he was due to face a jury.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available to help. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).