Ghislaine Maxwell trial LIVE – Convicted Epstein ‘Madam’ could face 65-year sentence as Scott Borgerson avoids court

PROSECUTORS expect Ghislaine Maxwell, who was found guilty of five out of six counts in her sex trafficking trial, will receive a 'very significant prison sentence,' as the heiress faces up to 65 years behind bars.

Her reported husband Scott Borgerson did not show up to her trial at any point.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr weighed in on the case, sharing a post to his Instagram stories that called for others associated with Jeffrey Epstein to be brought to justice.

"Why isn't the network in his little black book being made public?" said the tweet, originally penned by conservative activist Christian Collins.

Former New York prosecutor Sarah Krissoff reportedly told the BBC that she expects the judge to "impose a very severe sentence" upon Maxwell.

“Given the involvement of minors, the judge has really great discretion to impose a significant sentence," Krissoff said.

The jury found Maxwell, the daughter of Robert Maxwell, guilty on five charges, which include conspiracy, sex trafficking, and transportation of an individual under the age of 17 with the intent to engage in sexual activity

The only charge Maxwell was not found guilty of in her trial was count two, which was enticement of an individual under the age of 17 to travel with intent to engage in sexual activity.

Maxwell's top charge, which is a sex-trafficking count, carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Ultimately, the socialite could face up to 65 years in prison.

Read our Ghislaine Maxwell live blog for the very latest news and updates…

  • H. J. Hayes

    Did Maxwell testify?

    Maxwell did not testify in her sex trafficking trial.

    The British socialite, 59, was said to be “too fragile” to take the witness stand.

    Her spokesman said: “Ghislaine Maxwell is unlikely to testify over serious worries she is too fragile and will not be able to acquit herself properly.”

    Her family has complained she is not being fed correctly and shackled to and from court.

    A friend said: “There are significant concerns about her health.”

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    Trial revelations: creepy paintings

    Pictures from the raid also show a number of weird paintings on the walls of the mansion.

    Prosecutors claimed the interior of Epstein’s mansion is proof of a sexualised atmosphere encouraged by Maxwell to put pressure on the victims.

    In the mansion, you can see paintings of nude women hanging on the wall – with a bare bum visible in one, and two naked women lying on a bed in the other.

    A photo of a seemingly naked woman is also seen hanging on a door between the two sketches.

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    Trial revelations: naked picture

    Prosecutors released more than 60 images from a police raid at Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous Palm Beach mansion as part of the case.

    The jury was shown police videotape and photos of the interior of Epstein’s Florida home.

    The video and pictures were taken during a search of the mansion – which has been dubbed the “House of Sin” – during the 2005 investigation into Epstein.

    Photos include images of a room in the property with a desk which appears to have a nude photo of Ghislaine sitting on it.

    It appears to be a now-famous photo of her lying on a beach.

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    Celeb-studded flight log revealed

    The Duke of York and former President Donald Trump flew on Epstein’s private jet, the pedophile’s former pilot told the trial.

    Lawrence Visoski, who testified for the prosecution, was quizzed during cross examination about passengers aboard Epstein’s private planes.

    Maxwell was the “number two” in the hierarchy of Epstein’s employees, while the millionaire himself was the “big number one”, he said.

    And he confirmed Trump, Andrew along with Bill Clinton all flew on the jet.

    Other big names who flew on the plane include Hollywood stars Kevin Spacey & Chris Tucker, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and US Senators John Glenn & George Mitchell.

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    Shocking photo of queen’s cabin

    A picture shown in Maxwell’s trial shows her and Epstein at The Queen’s Scottish home in Balmoral.

    It is unclear when the photograph was taken but it has been reported Prince Andrew hosted multi-millionaire pedophile Epstein there in 1999.

    The pair are seen lounging on the porch of Her Majesty’s log cabin in Glen Beg, with Maxwell leaning against Epstein.

    According to reports, Andrew hosted Epstein’s entourage, including a model in her 20s.

    Prince Andrew strongly denies all allegations of misconduct against him and says he was not aware of the financier’s crimes.

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    Trial revelations: employee rules

    Employees were told to “be cautious of voice levels and noise” while working at Epstein's property.

    They were also told: “Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you.”

    Staff were banned from eating or drinking in front of Maxwell, Epstein or their guests and were also instructed not to wear “strong perfume or aftershave lotion.”

    Alessi said working conditions at the Florida home were like “slavery”.

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    Maximum sentences for each charge

    • Count one – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count two – (not guilty) maximum sentence of five years
    • Count three – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count four – maximum sentence of 10 years
    • Counts five – maximum sentence of five years
    • Count six – maximum sentence of 40 years

    Maxwell found guilty on five counts

    On Wednesday, the British socialite was found guilty of five of the six charges she was accused of.

    The jury deemed her guilty of:

    • Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
    • Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
    • Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
    • Sex trafficking conspiracy
    • sex trafficking of a minor

    Accuser's lawyer releases statement

    The lawyer for one of Maxwell’s accusers, who testified under the pseudonym “Jane,” released a statement following a guilty verdict on Wednesday.

    Robert Glassman said: “The verdict screams loud and clear-if you make it easier for another to sexually abuse children, you, too, will be held accountable for your role in that abuse…. the strong women survivors of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse can all sleep better tonight knowing that the justice system got it right…. the jury stayed focused on what really mattered: Ms Maxwell played a critical role in helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls.”

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      Victims' testimony detailed abuse, continued

      Another victim, who went by ‘Carolyn’ said she was usually paid $300 after sexual encounters with Epstein, often by Maxwell herself.

      A third alleged victim was Annie Farmer, now 42, who said Maxwell fondled her breasts when she was a teenager at the New Mexico ranch owned by Epstein.

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      Victims' testimony detailed abuse

      Often sobbing as they gave evidence, four women described how they were lured into giving massages for Epstein by Maxwell, which were in fact ruses and the prelude to their abuse.

      One, identified only as ‘Jane’ detailed how Maxwell recruited her at summer camp and made her feel “special.”

      She said sexual encounters with Epstein became routine, with Maxwell sometimes present.

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      Maxwell’s New York socialite history

      Ghislaine Maxwell moved to New York in the early 1990s after her father, the media mogul Robert Maxwell, died.

      She started dating Jeffrey Epstein in 1992 and remained in a close friendship until his fall from grace.

      The court heard during the December 8 and 9 trial that Maxwell and Epstein were in a romantic relationship.

      Prosecutors said that Maxwell and Epstein were “partners in crime” in the abuse of the girls.

      Maxwell would fly on his private jet, live with him in his mansions and eventually got her own five-story Manhattan townhouse.

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      Maxwell called Epstein “thoughtful, kind, generous”

      In 1992, Maxwell had a romantic relationship with American financier Jeffrey Epstein and remained closely associated with him up until his death on August 10 of 2019.

      After Epstein was arrested for sexually abusing minors, Maxwell claimed he was a “kind generous loving man”.

      She stated he had a “keen sense of humor and ready smile” as she tried to get charges against him dropped in Palm Beach.

      Ghislaine is quoted as saying in a document obtained by The Sun: “My experience of Jeffrey, is of a thoughtful, kind generous loving man, with a keen sense of humor and a ready smile – a man of principles and values and a man of his word.”

      Maxwell is accused of luring children into the clutches of her former boyfriend and even taking part in some of the abuse – claims she strongly denies.

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      How did Ghislaine Maxwell’s father die?

      Ghislaine’s dad Robert Maxwell died in unusual circumstances in 1991 having gone missing after being on his yacht. His body was later uncovered in the water and the official cause of death was put down as accidental drowning following a heart attack.

      “I don’t buy a lot of the conspiracy theories at all. It so happens one of the conspiracy theories about my father is that he was murdered rather than committed suicide or died by accident,” Ghislaine’s brother Ian said.

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      Not guilty on one count

      While the jury found Maxwell guilty on five charges on Wednesday, they acquitted her of one charge of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

      Maxwell’s lawyers have said they will appeal her conviction on sex trafficking charges.

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      Epstein's mansion employee 'manual' revealed

      Employees were told to “be cautious of voice levels and noise” while working at the property.

      They were also told: “Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you.”

      Staff were banned from eating or drinking in front of Maxwell, Epstein or their guests and were also instructed not to wear “strong perfume or aftershave lotion.”

      Alessi said working conditions at the Florida home were like “slavery”.

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      Trial revelations: ‘House of sin’ manual

      Maxwell handed Epstein’s housekeeper a “degrading” 58-page booklet which shows staff were told to “see nothing and say nothing”.

      Juan Patricio Alessi, 71, who worked at the paedo’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida from 1990 to 2002, took the stand on the fifth day of the trial.

      He said that the Brit once handed him a hefty booklet with a checklist detailing the tasks he was to carry out to “maintain the house” – something he said he found “degrading”.

      The book, which was submitted into evidence and was written by a “countess”, the court heard, was released showing yet more strict rules staff members were told to follow.

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      ‘Trial of the century’

      In what was described as the “trial of the century”, the jury heard how Maxwell snared girls as young as 14 for Epstein – and even joined in the abuse herself.

      On the final day of the trial, Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe summed up the prosecution case against Maxwell, who she said was a “grown woman who preyed on vulnerable kids”.

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      Not guilty on one count

      While the jury found Maxwell guilty on five charges on Wednesday, they acquitted her of one charge of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

      Maxwell’s lawyers have said they will appeal her conviction on sex trafficking charges.

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      Maxwell found guilty on five counts

      On Wednesday, the British socialite was found guilty of five of the six charges she was accused of.

      The jury deemed her guilty of:

      • Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
      • Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
      • Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
      • Sex trafficking conspiracy
      • sex trafficking of a minor

      When is Ghislaine Maxwell being sentenced?

      Ghislaine Maxwell was on trial for sex abuse and human trafficking charges.

      She was found guilty on all charges but one on December 29, 2021.

      US District Judge Alison Nathan didn’t announce when Maxwell would be sentenced, Reuters noted.

      The date of her sentencing has yet to be announced.

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        What is Ghislaine Maxwell’s net worth?

        Ghislaine Maxwell held a high distinction in the high society thanks to her notable wealth.

        With a fortune as large as Maxwell’s, sleuths have questioned how she amassed her riches and what she does for a living.

        Per Celebrity Net Worth, she is worth $20 million.

        Maxwell reportedly acquired her wealth from her father, the late business tycoon Robert Maxwell.

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        Maxwell's strange 'meet and greet'

        Maxwell raised eyebrows after a peculiar encounter with a reporter at the end of her trial.

        The heiress held a "meet and greet" with a journalist in court ahead of her verdict being revealed.

        One of her lawyers invited senior ABC News investigative journalist James Hill to chat with the socialite on Wednesday morning.

        Maxwell was seen smiling at him as he sat on the front bench of the public gallery and introduced himself.

        The pair then spent a few minutes chatting before he headed back to the press bench ahead of the judge's return to the room.

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        Maxwell 'very engaged' during trial

        Maxwell's seemingly close involvement with her legal team was also documented in fascinating sketches as she frequently hugged her defence and passed them notes.

        She was said to be "very, very engaged with her own defense" – having an unusually large hand in proceedings.

        Reporter Will Pavia said Maxwell was often spotted "scrunched over her desk" making notes.

        "It often feels like she is directing and marshaling her own defense," he said on the podcast near the end of the trial.

        "When some of the witnesses are testifying against her sometimes she sits with her back to the wall with her arms crossed or in her lap, looking at them, or looking at the jury, but for the most part she is scrunched over her desk, writing."

        Her embraces with her lawyers at the end of every day of the trial were also revealed in sketches.

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        Court sketches capture Maxwell's makeover

        As her full trial got underway, new court sketches that emerged from the court room showed Maxwell had undergone a glam jailhouse makeover.

        There are no photos from hearings as cameras have been banned from federal courts in the US since 1946 and televised images were also given the red light in 1972.

        The disgraced heiress was drawn with freshly dyed hair – covering up her greying roots – fashioned into a bob rather than the usual pixie cut she was often snapped with during her years by Epstein's side.

        Maxwell had also slung out her prison clothes and opted instead to wear her own outfits – including turtleneck jumpers, high heels and smart trousers.

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