SOCIALITE, Ghislaine Maxwell, has been convicted for her role in the sexual abuse and grooming of young girls by the American financier Jeffrey Epstein.
In a court in lower Manhattan, Maxwell – a close friend of Epstein’s – was found guilty of five counts including sex trafficking a minor.
The verdict comes more than two years after Epstein took his own life while in jail awaiting trial on charges including conspiracy to traffic underage girls for sex.
Maxwell’s trial provided an opportunity for victims of Epstein and Maxwell to give court testimony about the abuse they experienced.
The case also highlights the importance of understanding sex offenses perpetrated by women.
To date, Maxwell is the only person to stand trial for the abuse of these girls
She faces a maximum of 65 years behind bars.