Ghislaine Maxwell may flip on Epstein's pals and 'sing like a canary' for shorter sentence
All eyes are now on Ghislaine Maxwell after she was found guilty of sex trafficking minor girls for her pedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. The British socialite could start dishing on some high-profile names involved in the sex-trafficking ring in order to get herself a shorter prison sentence. As of Wednesday, December 29, she was facing up to 65 years behind bars after jurors declared her a child sex predator.
Maxwell was seen speaking to a producer for ABC News in the courtroom in New York a day prior to her conviction. According to reports, Maxwell might choose to flip and discuss the actions of others within Epstein's circle while serving time in prison. Even as Epstein's victims have been calling for others Epstein associated with to be held accountable for their actions, Maxwell could now be willing to implicate others, in order to reduce her sentence. Her family said that they were "very disappointed" with the verdict and had already begun the appeal process, believing she will be "vindicated."
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The Miami Herald spotted Maxwell's family lawyer, Leah Saffian, a regular in the courtroom, sitting with her relatives, on Tuesday. She was seen calling over James Hill, a producer for ABC News, to introduce him to Maxwell. While she smiled and introduced herself to Hill, Maxwell, 60, was reportedly heard saying that she was willing to speak to the media, the newspaper reported. Soon after, a US Marshal told the journalist to return to his seat. Her legal team is working on an appeal.
Maxwell was found guilty on five of six charges for which the jury deliberated for 40 hours. Maxwell was found guilty of conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. While both the first and second counts carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison, the third carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and the fourth carries a statutory maximum of five years in prison. She was acquitted of Count 2, which involved enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
One of the charges she was guilty of relates to accuser Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, who is suing Prince Andrew for alleged rape, and which he strenuously denies. Giuffre said she had "lived with the horrors of Maxwell's abuse" and lauded the four women who testified against Maxwell. Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for some of Epstein's accusers, said she expected Maxwell to spend the rest of her life behind bars, adding: "She has been lucky to have 60 years of freedom, it is far too much."
Giuffre, who was not included in Maxwell's trial, said that in order for justice to be done, people in Epstein's orbit have to go to jail for crimes committed. "Let’s just say, it wasn’t just Jeffrey and Ghislaine who participated in this," she said. "Justice to me looks like holding all of these people involved in the sex ring, those who greased its wheels, named and shamed. I’m sick of carrying around that shame. That shame doesn’t belong to me. I think justice comes in many forms, and one area I want to change is the statute of limitations."
Maxwell could now 'sing like a canary'
Among those suggesting Maxwell could spill the beans on Epstein's sex ring, was British broadcaster Piers Morgan, who wrote, "Will vile sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell now sing like a canary to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison? If she does, there could be a lot of rich, powerful & famous people sweating tonight... and not sweating." Walt Disney's great niece and filmmaker Abigail Disney said in a tweet: "Ghislaine, if you want any redemption at all, I hope you will give up some names, because those fu**ers should not be able to hide any longer." Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Donald Trump ally, added: "Jeffrey Epstein's entire network should be made public and his fortune should go to his victims." And fellow Republican Representative Lauren Boebert said the public "deserves to know every single person involved in the Epstein sex trafficking network."
Will vile sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell now sing like a canary to avoid spending the rest of her life in prison? If she does, there could be a lot of rich, powerful & famous people sweating tonight... and not sweating. pic.twitter.com/eShPsaeuau— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 29, 2021
Ghislaine, if you want any redemption at all, I hope you will give up some names, because those fuckers should not be able to hide any longer.— Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney) December 29, 2021
Jeffrey Epstein’s entire network should be made public and his fortune should go to his victims.— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) December 29, 2021
If the fake J6 committee can subpoena innocent people’s cell phone data and bank records then Jeffrey Epstein’s whole network should be publicized. https://t.co/E86vQE60Bh
Ghislaine Maxwell deserves to rot behind bars for the rest of her days and the public deserves to know every single person involved in the Epstein sex trafficking network.— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) December 29, 2021
We deserve to know the whole truth, not just some vague court sketches.