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[BREAKING] Five Guilty Verdicts, One Not Guilty Verdict Reached in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

[BREAKING] Five Guilty Verdicts, One Not Guilty Verdict Reached in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

In a victory for the federal government and victims of sex trafficking, Ghislaine Maxwell, the so-called “groomer” for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, was found guilty on five of the six charges she faced in a New York courtroom. Maxwell was accused of recruiting and grooming four teenagers for Epstein between 1994 and 2004. Her former boyfriend Epstein killed himself in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges of his own.

Deliberations in the Maxwell trial had resumed Wednesday morning with the jury asking to see more of the testimony she had given on the stand. Jurors asked for testimony from an additional witness but neither the judge nor the lawyers could read the name. Upon clarification, the jury asked for the transcript of Elizabeth Loftus, the defense expert witness who testified about the frailty of memory.

Jurors saw physical evidence like a folding massage table once used by Epstein and a “black book” that listed contact information for some of the victims under the heading “massages.” There were bank records showing he had transferred $30.7 million to Maxwell, his longtime companion — one-time girlfriend, later employee.

But the core of the prosecution was the testimony of four women who said they were victimized by Maxwell and Epstein at inappropriately young and impressionable ages.

Maxwell vehemently denied the charges, and also complained about the conditions of the Brooklyn jail where she was being held.

Maxwell could be sentenced to up to 70 years in prison for the six counts she faced in this trial. She also faces two perjury counts that will be tried separately.

[This is a breaking and developing story, please check back for updates]

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