This position made public Wednesday evening by the Manhattan federal court is not an indictment of the American prosecutors but their response to a request for leniency made on June 16 by the lawyers of Ghislaine Maxwell.
This 60-year-old woman, who faces up to 55 years of criminal imprisonment, demanded that the judge not go beyond, in the pronouncement of the conviction next Tuesday, a sentence of 20 years in prison.
Lawyers for the daughter of British media mogul Robert Maxwell (died 1991) and accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein — who killed himself in New York jail in August 2019 ahead of his trial for underage sex crimes — claimed liability and the harmful influence of these two men on their client.
Ghislaine Maxwell, who has triple British, American and French nationality, has shown a “complete lack of remorse” for her sex crimes, writes US federal prosecutor Damian Williams, saying she tried during her trial between November and last December to divest itself of its “responsibility”.
“Maxwell was an adult who made her choices, in particular that of sexually exploiting a number of young underage girls,” denounced the prosecutor.
Born and raised in a hyper-privileged environment in the United Kingdom, a former figure of the international jet-set in France and the United States, Ghislaine Maxwell had said via her lawyers that she had “had a difficult, traumatic childhood, with an authoritarian father, narcissistic and demanding.
She would have been thus “made vulnerable to Epstein, whom she met just after the death of her father, the most serious mistake of her life”.
Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on December 29 of five of the six charges against her, including the most serious of sex trafficking of minors on behalf of Epstein.
Ghislaine Mawxell and Jeffrey Epstein formed a couple and were then collaborators and accomplices for 30 years.
The multimillionaire financier, with powerful economic and political networks in the United States and abroad, was himself accused of raping young girls but his suicide extinguished the public action against him.
Arrested in the northeastern United States in the summer of 2020, a year after Epstein’s death, Maxwell is incarcerated in New York.