Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial came to an end not so long ago, with Maxwell being found guilty on 5 of 6 charges in the Epstein trafficking case.
TW: This article contains details that some people may find upsetting.
And now, Maxwell is no longer fighting to keep names sealed from Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit.
Which, if the court also makes the decision to take away the seal… Could mean a lot for justice.
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Now Jeffrey Epstein, who made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm, was first convicted for a range of crimes in 2005.
Then, in 2008, he was convicted of running an underage p*********** ring connected to a number of high-powered individuals. Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.
From there, it got worse…
On July 6th 2019, Epstein was arrested again for trafficking minors in the states of Florida and New York and was held awaiting trial in a New York prison.
This was a huge breakthrough for many of his victims.
Epstein had managed to get away with vile and criminal acts for the majority of his life, most likely a result of his money and social clout. For his victims, there was finally hope of justice being done.
And many believed his conviction could uncover other high profile and wealthy sex offenders.
Epstein had numerous friends in high places, many of which were known to travel to his elusive island, where the majority of his crimes took place.
One of them controversially being Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family.
Of course, all of Epstein’s high-profile friends have denied any involvement in this scandal, but people aren’t too convinced.
However, before Epstein could dish the dirt on his friends…
He was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, apparently as a result of hanging.
It was ruled as suicide, though some people aren’t convinced by that.
But because of the nature of his crimes, plus the connections Epstein had to the political and social elite, some have other suspicions about what really happened.
Anyway, in the months following his death, the investigation fell silent.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
Victims spoke out about what they had endured.
They each gave detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being assaulted while giving Epstein and his friends “massages.”
It also outlined the involvement of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and close friend…
Now, in the months following Epstein’s death, Maxwell remained firmly hidden and out of the public eye…
And, at that time, she wasn’t reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
But, it was reported in July 2020 that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.
She was taken to a hearing where she was described as a flight risk, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while being transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
Maxwell was charged with the crimes of enticement of minors and trafficking of underage girls.
She also faced many other charges.
Including repeatedly lying about her involvement in the trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.
If found guilty, Maxwell could be facing thirty-five years behind bars though, of course, the disgraced socialite has always remained valiant in her innocence by pleading not guilty.
As you’d expect, Maxwell’s time in prison hasn’t been an easy one.
The former socialite’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, argued that Maxwell is facing tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism.
Sternheim said Maxwell is effectively being kept in solitary confinement and is “excessively and invasively” monitored twenty-four hours a day.
Along with video surveillance in her cell, cameras also follow her movements when she is allowed to leave it.
Earlier this year her lawyer spoke out about her jail condition in the hopes that it could gain her some sympathy.
Though it didn’t work as effectively as he’d hoped.
During a court hearing just 2 week prior, Sternheim renewed Maxwell’s request for bail ahead of her trial on November 29th.
In the court documents, she described Maxwell’s jail as “inappropriate,” Yahoo reported.
“The surveillance rivals scenes of Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s incarceration despite the absence of the cage and plastic face guard,” she wrote.
The Guardian added that Sternheim also said that “Maxwell’s conditions of detention for the past 16 months continue to be reprehensible and utterly inappropriate for [a] woman on the cusp of turning 60 with no criminal record or history of violence,” when speaking of her time at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
“It is unwarranted, unrelenting, and utterly inappropriate,” Sternheim wrote.
“[She] has been subject to physical and emotional abuse by the correction officers, poor and unsanitary living conditions, insufficient nutrition, difficulties reviewing the millions of legal discovery documents in the case against her, and sleep deprivation.”
Maxwell also spoke out herself.
Maxwell reportedly told the Daily Mail: “I used to take a shower every day but I’ve stopped because of the creepy guards who stand close and stare at me the whole time. I used to go to the loo with an open sewer drain and a friendly rat would regularly visit.”
“I told the guards, but nothing was done until the rat popped out and charged a guard who screamed in terror.”
“Finally, the sewer drain was covered.”
Maxwell has repeatedly appealed for bail…
All have been rejected.
And so, the opening arguments of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began.
And she appeared to be pretty relaxed about the situation.
Although she wore a mask throughout the proceedings, Maxwell could be seen laughing and chatting to her defence lawyers…
Which included Leah Saffian, Christian Everdale, and Bobbi Sternheim, who she talked to during the hearing.
At one point Ghislaine even waved to her sister Isabel Maxwell, who was sitting behind her, up in the public gallery.
Her actions have caused many to feel as though she’s remorseless for the crimes she’s been charged with.
From trial drawings, many people also noticed not just Maxwell’s actions but her appearance.
It was noted that Maxwell entered the court with freshly dyed hair while wearing a jumper, black trousers, and heels – an outfit that is a far cry from her orange prison attire.
The trial was well underway and many horrifying revelations were emerging.
From pictures of the inside of Epstein’s house to a booklet of rules that staff were made to follow.
Another shocking revelation was made, too.
And it involved recent photos that were shared during Maxwell’s trial…
The pictures, which were later posted on social media, show Maxwell and Epstein enjoying an affluent life together…
Pictured jet setting, on vacation, and holding each other in a warm embrace, clearly not what Maxwell wanted the court to see.
Over a dozen photos of the pair together were revealed by the prosecution, set to show the deep connection the pair had together…
That ultimately led to the unthinkable.
Take a look at some of the pictures below…
Prosecutor Alison Moe said: “These photographs show their close relationship throughout time. Given the change in hairstyles, the people in the photographs are clearly aging.”
And then, the jury involved in her trial made a decision that both shocked and confused the world.
Even with 2 people taking to the stand to share their heart-wrenching accounts of the abuse they endured in the time they were around Maxwell and Epstein…
The Jury decided to take a break for Christmas.
But a decision was finally made.
The court found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on all but one count.
And it came to the attention of the world that Ghislaine Maxwell might start dropping names of people who were also involved in the horrific sex-trafficking circle…
All so that she can get a shorter sentence.
She will be charged up to sixty-five years in prison.
This means that the now sixty-year-old will be 125 years old by the time she sees freedom again…
And well, no-one has ever lived to see that age, even outside of prison.
So, in a desperate attempt to avoid spending her life behind bars, Maxwell might resort to naming other predators who were involved in the vile criminal acts with her and Epstein.
Before Maxwell was found guilty, she was seen talking to ABC news producer James Hill, where she was overheard saying she’d be willing to talk to the media, as per Daily Mail.
Piers Morgan also tweeted.
Saying: “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.”
Some of those who had quite a bit to do with both Epstein and Maxwell included Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew.
Donald Trump has often had things to say about his relationship with Epstein, as well.
In 1 interview, he said that he “wished” Ghislaine Maxwell “well” and said he doesn’t want anything “bad” to happen to her.
And he also drew attention to the uncertainty surrounding Epstein’s death by suicide.
But, on another occasion, he said that he was “not a fan” of Epstein.
Saying they had a fallout fifteen years ago, and haven’t spoken since.
Prince Andrew also spoke out in an interview with BBC News.
Virginia Giuffre came out about being trafficked by Epstein, and assaulted by Prince Andrew.
But, in an interview, he said: “I can absolutely categorically tell you that it never happened.”
And in talking about a photograph that was taken of him with the then seventeen-year-old girl, he said that he had “no recollection” of it being taken.
And now, Maxwell is no longer fighting to keep names sealed from the lawsuit of Virginia Giuffre.
In 2015, Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit mentioned 8 “John Doe’s” were mentioned, something that is is usually done when the names are unknown or being concealed.
This was because Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team was fighting to keep said “John Doe’s” private from the public, resulting in the court sealing their identities.
But, it seems as though Maxwell is tired of the secrecy…
Because today, her lawyers have given up on the fight for names to be concealed, saying they no longer object to it.
This however does not mean the names will be released.
Judge Loretta Preska, the Judge handling the case, will decide whether or not the 8 John Doe’s will be named.
Laura Menninger, a lawyer on Maxwell’s team wrote to the Judge: “After careful review of the detailed objections submitted by Non-Party Does 17, 53, 54, 55, 73, 93, and 151, counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell writes to inform the Court that she does not wish to further address those objections,” as per Express.
People have had a lot to say in regards to this recent news.
Although a coroner confirmed Epstein’s death by suicide, many people believe his life was in fact taken by someone else, who wanted to ensure Epstein wouldn’t name people involved in the sex trafficking ring.
And now, people are worried that Maxwell is in danger with many people saying “she will end up like Epstein.”
Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer also wrote to the Judge.
“Now that Maxwell’s criminal trial has come and gone, there is little reason to retain protection over the vast swaths of information about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex-trafficking operation that was originally filed under seal in this case,” they said, as per Express.
We just hope people can be finally brought to justice. What do you think about Maxwell no longer fighting to keep names sealed?