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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.
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.
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.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
They each gave detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being assaulted while giving Epstein and his friends “massages.”
And, at that time, she wasn’t reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
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.
She also faced many other charges including repeatedly lying about her involvement in the trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.
The former socialite’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, argued that Maxwell is facing tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism.
Along with video surveillance in her cell, cameras also follow her movements when she is allowed to leave it.
Though it didn’t work as effectively as he’d hoped.
In the court documents, she described Maxwell’s jail as “inappropriate,” Yahoo reported.
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.
“[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 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.”
“Finally, the sewer drain was covered.”
All were rejected.
And she appeared to be pretty relaxed about the situation.
Which included Leah Saffian, Christian Everdale, and Bobbi Sternheim, who she talked to during the hearing.
Her actions have caused many to feel as though she’s remorseless for the crimes she’s been charged with.
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.
From pictures of the inside of Epstein’s house to a booklet of rules that staff were made to follow.
And it involved photos that were shared during Maxwell’s trial…
Pictured jet setting, on vacation, and holding each other in a warm embrace, clearly not what Maxwell wanted the court to see.
That ultimately led to the unthinkable. Prosecutor Alison Moe said: “These photographs show their close relationship throughout time. Given the change in hairstyles, the people in the photographs are clearly ageing.”
The court found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on all but one count, meaning she could be 125 years old by the time she sees freedom again.
She claimed that other inmates were threatening to kill her.
But on Wednesday, June 15, her lawyers argued for less time.
It reads: “One of the female inmates in Maxwell’s housing unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Maxwell and that she planned to strangle her in her sleep.”
Despite this, the sentencing has gone ahead.
Her sentence hearing began Tuesday, June 28.
They labeled her “manipulative, cruel and merciless.”
“To you, all the victims that came to today inside the court and outside… I am sorry for the pain you have experienced,” she said. “I hope my sentence… brings you closure… peace and finality. To help you put those experiences in a place that helps you move forward.”
She said: “It is hard for me to address the court after listening to the pain and anguish expressed in the statements made here. The terrible impact on the lives of so many women is difficult to hear and even more difficult to absorb, both in its scale and in its extent.”
“I know my association with Epstein will follow and forever stain me. It is the greatest regret of my life that I ever met Jeffrey Epstein.”
And now, Maxwell has opened up in her first interview from prison.
“At this time, I no longer believe that to be a true image, and I don’t believe that it is what it appears to be,” Maxwell told MailOnline.
“I don’t know exactly how many points there are, but there are over 50 problems with the picture,” she said. “So I don’t believe it’s a true picture.”
“He is paying such a price for the association with Jeffrey Epstein. I care about him, and I feel so bad for him,” Maxwell said.
She also had some positive words to say about former president Donald Trump.
“I haven’t really been following it too much,” he said, as per The New York Times. “I just wish her well, frankly.”
“But I wish her well, whatever it is,” he said.
Adding: “And I was very touched by his remembrance of me.”
“It was a special friendship, which continued over the years,” Maxwell said.
“I understand he, like others, can no longer consider me as a friend,” she said. What do you think of her comments?