The third and final episode of Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? airs tonight (Sunday, July 10) on Starz at 9 p.m., with the final episode diving deep into Maxwell’s criminal trial and sentencing.
In late 2021, Maxwell was on trial for multiple sex trafficking offenses she allegedly committed with Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004 at his homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico. She has been accused of helping him source girls, including a 14-year-old, who was subjected to sexual abuse.
Epstein took his own life in his New York jail cell in August 2019 before justice could be served, but there was still hope for his victims when Maxwell’s trial began in November 2021.
In December 2021, after 40 hours of jury deliberation, she was found guilty of soliciting and grooming teenage girls for sexual encounters with Epstein.
Her request for a retrial was denied in April 2022 and she was sentenced to 20 years in prison in June 2022.
At her trial, Maxwell denied all charges against her. During her sentencing hearing, Maxwell described herself as a “victim” of Epstein, as did the underage girls he molested. She also apologized for the “pain” they experienced.
Speak with latestpagenews.com, Dorothy Byrne, executive producer of Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? on Starz shared her thoughts on Maxwell’s sentence.
Byrne, who worked on the documentary for two years, said Maxwell knew exactly what she was doing and that it was “insulting” for Maxwell to play the victim now.
She said: “She was trying to imagine that she was the victim and I find that really offensive because there are hundreds of victims in the story of Ghislaine Maxwell but none of them are named Ghislaine Maxwell. She bullied other women. She’s not a victim.”
Byrne continued, “She had a tyrannical father. Many women have tyrannical fathers. Her family lost all their money. Many people have families that have lost all their money. They have not turned to crime. She was perfectly aware of what she was, she reveled in it, she enjoyed it and she committed crimes on an industrial scale.
“I think it’s great that she’s been in jail for so long because it’s a warning to other people. You can’t abuse girls and young women like that, but now men need to be brought to justice because only when men are held accountable is justice that the United States is really sending the message to sex offenders, “You’re not going to get away with it.”
On July 7, Maxwell formally appealed the conviction and her 20-year sentence.
The guard reported court documents showing Maxwell paid $505 to appeal her conviction and sentence. Her appeal has now been forwarded to the US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before her sentencing in June, prosecutors wrote in court filings reported by Sky News: “In new court filings reported by Sky News, prosecutors wrote: “As part of a disturbing arrangement with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, groomed and abused multiple victims while she enjoyed a life of exceptional luxury and privilege.
“In her wake, Maxwell has left her victims permanently scarred with emotional and psychological injuries. This damage can never be undone, but it can be taken into account in devising a just punishment for Maxwell’s crimes.”
They continued: “Rather than show even a shred of accountability, the defendant makes a desperate attempt to blame wherever she can.
“She made the decision to sexually exploit numerous underage girls. She made the decision to conspire with Epstein for years, working as an accomplice and wreaking havoc on vulnerable victims.”
Maxwell’s defense previously argued that she should not serve more than four to five years in prison, writing that it would be a “distortion of justice for her to face a sentence that would have been appropriate for Epstein.”
They continued, “Epstein was the mastermind, Epstein was the prime culprit, and Epstein orchestrated the crimes for his personal gratification. Indeed, if Ghislaine Maxwell had never had the unfortunate misfortune of meeting Jeffrey Epstein over 30 years ago, she wouldn’t be here. ”
“She definitely deserves 20 years. If it had been 30 years she would almost certainly have died in prison. I think most people would say that she should suffer long, but dying in prison is a fate so horrible that she wouldn’t wish it on anyone unless they continued to take a huge risk to the public .”
Maxwell is also facing a second criminal trial on two counts of perjured lying about Epstein’s abuse of underage girls in a civil suit. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of five years each.
Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? is now streaming on Starzplay.