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Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, is found GUILTY of sex trafficking young girls for Jeffrey Epstein


Ghislaine Maxwell could now start naming names to get a shorter prison sentence after the British socialite was found guilty of sex trafficking schoolgirls for her and her paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.

Maxwell is facing up to 65 years behind bars after jurors declared her a child sex predator, and was seen speaking to a producer for ABC News in the courtroom in New York on Tuesday, one day before her conviction yesterday.

The long prison sentence faced by Maxwell gives her ample motivation to 'flip' and discuss the actions of others within Epstein's circle. Epstein himself took his own life in jail in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial.

His victims have been calling for others Epstein associated with to be held account, and pointed out that the disgraced paedophile financier counted a plethora of famous faces among his friends.

Maxwell could now be willing to implicate others, in order to reduce her sentence. Her family said they were 'very disappointed' with the verdict and had already begun the appeal process with the belief she will be 'vindicated'.

Her family lawyer, Leah Saffian, who has been a regular in the courtroom sat with her relatives, was spotted by The Miami Herald on Tuesday beckoning over James Hill, a producer for ABC News, to introduce him to Maxwell.

Maxwell smiled and appeared to introduce herself to Mr Hill and was heard to say that she was willing to speak to the media, the newspaper reported - before a US Marshal told the journalist to return to his seat.

The 60-year-old's legal team are also already working on an appeal – but the guilty verdicts will intensify the pressure on Maxwell's friend Prince Andrew to speak to US prosecutors about his time with Epstein.

The jury took just over 40 hours to find Maxwell guilty on five of six charges. One of the charges she was guilty of related to Andrew's own accuser Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, suggesting jurors may have believed she was a sex trafficking victim too. She is suing the duke for alleged rape, which he strenuously denies.

Miss Giuffre, said she had 'lived with the horrors of Maxwell's abuse' and commended the four women who testified against Maxwell. And Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for some of Epstein's accusers, said she expected Maxwell to spend the rest of her life behind bars, adding: 'She has been lucky to have 60 years of freedom, it is far too much.'

Among those suggesting Maxwell could now 'sing like a canary' to get a reduced sentence was Piers Morgan, who warned that many powerful figures might become anxious if she decides to expose accomplices of Epstein.

He tweeted: 'Will vile sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell now sing like a canary to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison? If she does, there could be a lot of rich, powerful & famous people sweating tonight... and not sweating.'

And Walt Disney's great niece and filmmaker Abigail Disney said in a tweet: 'Ghislaine, if you want any redemption at all, I hope you will give up some names, because those fu**ers should not be able to hide any longer.'

Maxwell was convicted after six days of deliberation by a jury of six men and six women. They found her guilty on five of six counts - all except enticing an individual aged under 17 to travel with intent to engage in illegal sex acts.

After the verdicts, Maxwell simply poured herself a glass of water and leaned into her lawyer, Jeffrey Pagliuca, who put an arm around her. Her sister Isabel sat behind her with her head bowed, while siblings Kevin and Christine stared into space. Maxwell was led out of court by two female US marshals, barely looking back to see her family.

Kevin, Isabel and Christine left the courthouse arm in arm, and later issued a defiant statement saying: 'We believe firmly in our sister's innocence. We are very disappointed with the verdict. We have already started the appeal tonight and we believe that she will ultimately be vindicated.'

Maxwell's siblings Kevin, Christine and Isabel walked out of court and declined to comment. Christine and Isabel walked arm in arm and later Kevin took Christine's arm and they quietly walked to the nearby office they have been renting





Credit: Read more from dailymail.co.uk



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