Saturday, April 13, 2024

Jury Finds Ghislaine Maxwell Guilty on Five Counts for Aiding Jeffrey Epstein in Underage Sex Ring


Ghislaine Maxwell will spend the rest of her life in prison. She’s 60, but she could live a long time.

Maxwell was found guilty this afternoon in New York by a jury is aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his underage sex ring. Epstein “committed suicide” last year at age 66, so he can’t be prosecuted for his vast array of crimes. Maxwell’s lawyers argued that she was a scapegoat who was being punished in his place. They are right. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas, Ghislaine.

Maxwell is guilty on five of six charges. Interesting, she’s not the first Maxwell sibling who’s gone through a trial. After her father, billionaire Robert Maxwell, mysteriously died on his boat years ago, her brothers stood trial for dad’s crimes. They were acquitted. But what a family, huh?

Here’s the link to the NY Times coverage.

Maxwell operated freely through New York society from around 2008 to 2016. She had accomplices who worked for her, and accomplices that helped her pull off her crimes. A lot of people I saw her with during that time have gotten off scot-free. Their names disappeared into the swirl of more famous or infamous ones like Trump and Clinton accused of flying on Epstein’s plane or being entertained by him.

But there were plenty more, starting with socialites Glenn and Eva Dubin, who’ve been partially exposed in some press reports but still haven’t answered for their participation. Eva Dubin’s testimony, noted in the New York Times, is just the tip of the iceberg, I’ve been told numerous times by a variety of people.

I guess for tonight the main thing is Maxwell is guilty and staying in prison. More to come, I’m sure.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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