Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse case
CA, 29 Jun 2022
Reaction outside court after Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday and imposed a $750,000 fine for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls.
Bobbi Sternheim, one of Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers, said her client would be appealing the 20-year sentence. Maxwell's brother, Kevin, also briefly spoke saying they would be "solidly" behind her during her appeal.
Meanwhile, Annie Farmer, one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers said the sentencing was a "big victory." Her lawyer, Sigrid McCauley also said it was a "towering day" for justice.
The sentencing was a culmination of a prosecution that detailed how the power couple flaunted their riches and prominent connections to lure vulnerable girls as young as 14, and then exploit them.
Prosecutors said Epstein, who killed himself in 2019 while awaiting trial, sexually abused children hundreds of times over more than a decade, and couldn’t have done so without the help of Maxwell, his longtime companion and onetime girlfriend.
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