Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in a US prison for helping former financier Jeffrey Epstein abuse young girls.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of recruiting and trafficking four teenage girls for sexual abuse by her then-boyfriend, Epstein. One of his accusers said outside court in New York that he should be in prison for the rest of his life.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan prison cell in 2019. He was awaiting his sex trafficking trial. Ghislaine Maxwell’s crimes took place over a decade between 1994 and 2004.
“Ms Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable and were instrumental in facilitating sexual abuse,” she said.
She said the case sought “very significant punishment” and wanted to send a “perfect message” that such offences would be punished. As well as jail time, the judge fined $750,000 (£610,000).
Maxwell, whose lawyers argued for fewer than five years, looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as the sentence was passed in front of a packed public gallery.
Earlier, he addressed the victims. She said she sympathizes with them and hopes her prison sentence will allow victims to “peace and last.”
Maxwell has been in custody since his arrest in July 2020, mostly held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
The case against the former British socialite has been one of the most high-profile since the emergence of the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to speak out about sexual abuse.