Maxwell found guilty of aiding Epstein's sex abuse

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted on federal charges Wednesday of luring underage girls to engage in sex acts with financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell was found guilty on five of six counts.

She was accused of recruiting and grooming four teenagers for Epstein between 1994 and 2004. Epstein, her former boyfriend, killed himself in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.

Prosecutors said Maxwell was Epstein's "partner in crime," and that she knew exactly what she was doing.

U.S. ATTORNEY DAMIAN WILLIAMS: "...One of the worst crimes imaginable. Facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children. Crimes that she committed with her longtime partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein."

Maxwell's attorneys argued she was being used as a scapegoat for Epstein, and tried to discredit her accusers, saying their memories had been corrupted and that they were motivated by money.

During the trial, jurors heard emotional and graphic testimony from four women, two of whom said they were 14 when Epstein began abusing them.

One woman testified that she endured years of sexual abuse at Epstein's homes in New York, Florida and New Mexico. She said sometimes the sex acts would involve Maxwell.

Another woman testified that Epstein abused her more than 100 times starting in 2001. She told the jury that Maxwell would set up appointments for her to give Epstein massages, and the massages would become sexual.

Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison for the five charges.

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