The former UK socialite and confidante of Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell faced decades in prison on charges of sex trafficking a minor and multiple conspiracy charges, and today a federal jury found Maxwell guilty on 5 of 6 of the federal charges against her, meaning she faces up to 65 years in prison.
A jury in a New York federal court has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts related to her role in Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell, 60, was found guilty of five federal charges: sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three related counts of conspiracy.
She was acquitted on the charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison.
"The road to justice has been far too long. But, today, justice has been done," US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. "I want to commend the bravery of the girls -- now grown women -- who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today's result, possible."
The jury, which was made up of six women and six men deliberated for about 40 hours, across parts of six days.
I honestly thought this was headed for a hung jury and years of trials. No doubt Maxwell will want her conviction overturned ala Bill Cosby by a higher court, but these are federal, not state charges, and Maxwell is basically looking at the rest of her life in a brown jumpsuit anticipating pudding day for the week.
We'll see where this goes, but remember, both Maxwell and Epstein rubbed elbows with a number of very powerful people in US and UK politics.