Jeffrey Epstein, the American billionaire who lured young girls and supplied them for sexual abuse, had a high-profile social circle that included celebrities, politicians, royalty, and at least two previous presidents of the United States. In addition, in 2019, Hollywood celebrities, British royalty, and some of the world’s wealthiest people regularly attended his parties. Jeffrey Epstein is reported to have committed suicide in jail, but whatever the truth, the sex trafficking ring he ran is still under investigation.
A Major Decision was made on Wednesday
Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, and long-time partner were found guilty of sex trafficking. She is a 60-year-old British socialite who dated Epstein in the 1990s and assisted him in abusing adolescent females. Her destiny has now been decided by a New York court. Sex trafficking a minor, persuading a youngster to participate in sexual behavior, transferring a minor for criminal sex, and three counts of conspiracy were among the allegations against Maxwell.
Maxwell was acquitted on only one of the accusations; we’ll get to that in a minute. The jury consisted of six men and six women, and they deliberated for five days during which time the prosecutor presented the court with a trove of images as evidence. This included photos of two women who claimed Maxwell served them up to Epstein when they were teenagers. These girls were as young as 14, and the photos showed them in various questionable states. They were called to the courtroom to testify, and they used pseudonyms and fake names to protect their identities.
Here is one of the survivors’ testimonies, which she gave under the alias kate. “I met maxwell when I was 17 she invited me to meet Epstein and asked me to give his foot a little squeeze to show him how strong I was Epstein approved and had me massage his shoulders during a visit to the palm beach residence a pleated skirt white socks and a shirt were left on my bed when I asked why maxwell said it would be fun for me to take Jeffrey’s tea in the outfit when I asked why maxwell said it would be fun for me to take.” “Maxwell spoke of sexual topics with me, wondering if there were any other girls who could offer Epstein oral sex,” and continued, “and she told me you know what he wants attractive young and pretty like you.”
The details are heartbreaking, the survivor claims that the abuse continued until she was in college, and she kept in touch with Maxwell out of a mixture of denial and fear. How did Maxwell react to the testimonies? According to reports, she did not cry but remained stoic, slowly removing her mask to take sips of water while claiming that the survivors’ memories had been corrupted over time. The jury did not find her guilty, and the charges against her carried a maximum term of 65 years in prison, but the judges did not know when she would be punished.
The lawyers plan to appeal, the odds are stacked against Maxwell; the charges against her are serious; the evidence appears conclusive and life in this French-speaking country is tumultuous. She was a confidante and accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein, a born oxford schooled socialite who lives a life of opulence, romanced billionaires, and charmed elites. It’s unclear how she met Jeffrey Epstein, but they dated for a long time in the 1990s. Epstein was a billionaire, and in exchange for helping him and his friends abuse defenseless teenagers, he subsidized her lavish lifestyle. Epstein and Maxwell were the toast of America’s party circuit, with some of the country’s biggest celebrities in their social circle, and many of them accused of being their clients.
Epstein was a billionaire, and in exchange for helping him and his friends abuse defenseless teenagers, he subsidized her lavish lifestyle. Epstein and Maxwell were the toast of America’s party circuit, with some of the country’s biggest celebrities in their social circle, and many of them accused of being their clients. Then there’s Bill Clinton, another former US president who used to travel on Epstein’s private jets to attend elite gatherings in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the 1990s. The Clinton Foundation insists these trips were entirely professional, but we know they weren’t. Next on the list is Kevin Spacey, an actor whose career has fallen faster than a house of cards after he was charged with sexual assault in 2017 and had to leave the show.
Epstein’s pilots claim that he, too, would fly with a social light on his plane, which has been dubbed the lolita express for some reason. And, of course, how could we forget prince Andrew, the most scandal-plagued member of the British royal family, he’s the third child of Queen Elizabeth, and court documents from Epstein’s trial revealed that his highness sexually exploited a 15-year-old employee at Trump’s Mar-a-lago These are only a few examples; there are many more. Jeffrey Epstein’s clients included some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people, and despite overwhelming evidence and multiple testimonials, these men have never been charged. The Maxwell verdict could be the start of bringing Epstein’s facilitators to justice.
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