Incarcerated since the summer of 2020, she had exhausted all her legal remedies.
Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to serve a 20-year prison sentence on Tuesday, June 28.
Convicted of sex trafficking of minors on behalf of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, at the end of 2021, the heiress was however exposed to a whole life behind bars.
The prosecutors thus expected a sentence of 30 to 55 years of imprisonment, which would come to sanction the “responsibility” and the “total lack of remorse” of the daughter of Robert Maxwell.
The one who continues to claim her innocence will eventually spend 20 years behind bars.
“It will taint my life forever”
The heiress has, moreover, split very flat excuses.
“I have a deep empathy for all the victims of this case, she declared at the bar.
I also acknowledge that I was imprisoned for helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes.”
It was the first time that Ghislaine Maxwell spoke in public about the allegations made against her.
"Despite the many useful and positive things I have done in my life, and will continue to do...I know that my association with Jeffrey Epstein and this case will taint my life forever," she continued. .
The socialite later pinned the billionaire.
"Jeffrey Epstein should have been here in front of all of you, he should have been all those years ago, he should have been in 2005, in 2009, and in 2019," hammered Ghislaine Maxwell.
I'm sorry for the pain you felt..." A few moments earlier, Sarah Ransome, one of the accusers of the Maxwell-Epstein duo, had launched in court: "Yes, Ghislaine must die in prison.
I spent the last 17 years in my own prison for what she, Jeffrey and all their accomplices did to me.
I have been raped several times.
Sometimes I was raped three times a day (...).
There was a constant influx of girls who were raped over and over again.”
In mid-June, Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers had made a request for clemency for a prison sentence of less than 20 years.
A few days later, Bobbi Sternheim, the main lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell, had made a last attempt, on the grounds that her client had been “brutally (…) sent back to solitary confinement” in her prison.
The prison administration had indeed placed the sexagenarian “under surveillance” to avoid any risk of suicide, and this, “without justification”, while a psychological evaluation had “determined that she was not suicidal”, had supported the lawyer.
It was therefore rumored that the teams of the socialite could demand a postponement of the pronouncement of the sentence, this Tuesday.
Which ultimately was not the case.
The enthusiasm of Virginia Giuffre
Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of sex crimes on December 29, 2021, by Manhattan federal court.
Prosecuted on six counts, Ghislaine Maxwell, who turned 60 in December 2021, was found guilty of five of them.
“I will always remember this day, enthused Virginia Giuffre, one of her alleged victims, who also accuses Prince Andrew of having sexually assaulted her.
Having lived through the horrors of Maxwell's abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at her hands and whose lives she destroyed."
Some of them were only 14 years old at the time of the events.
During the trial, the heiress had been portrayed as a "sophisticated predator
who acted knowingly to attract young girls to the residences of Florida, Manhattan or New Mexico of Jeffrey Epstein.
"Jane", "Kate", "Carolyn" and Annie Farmer, the only one to speak without a pseudonym, had revealed to the audience their lives damaged by forced sex with Epstein - first sexual massages - while 'they were between 14 and 17 years old, often in the presence of the socialite.
Ghislaine Maxwell in the shadow of Epstein
, the trailer
"Mom, I exist!"
Ghislaine Maxwell was born on Christmas Day, 1961, in Maison-Laffitte, two days before the car accident of her brother Michael, who remained in a coma for six years before dying.
At her son's bedside, her mother, a Frenchwoman born in Lyon, does not watch her grow up.
In her memoirs
All sun is bitter,
Elisabeth Maxwell-Meynard also remembers her daughter screaming “Mom, I exist!”
at the age of 3 years.
Already very young, Ghislaine is anorexic.
If her father praises her, she actually has difficulties at school, and is sent to boarding school at the age of 9, in the south-west of England.
Her adolescence has better days in store for her - and festive evenings when she clinks glasses and fusses with well-born youth.
His father sent him to conquer America in his twenties.
He will not see the sequel.
In the fall of 1991, Robert Maxwell, cruising on his yacht, was found dead off the Canary Islands, leaving an astronomical amount of debt.
He is 68, she is 30.
Ghislaine is starting a new life in New York, and her existence is no more than a succession of social evenings.
It was there that she met Jeffrey Epstein.
They live a brief idyll, before he entrusts her with the management of his properties around the world - and much more sordid missions.
Died in August 2019 in his prison cell, Jeffrey Epstein never answered for his alleged crimes.
It will be different for his accomplice.