Ghislaine Maxwell: 5 Things To Know About Jeffrey Epstein’s Ex Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking

Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on Dec. 29 for 5 out of 6 counts related to her role in her ex Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of underage girls. Here are 5 things to know about the former socialite facing up to 65 years in prison.

Ghislaine Maxwell – the confidante and ex of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – was found guilty by a federal jury in Manhattan on five out of six counts related to her participation in Jeffrey’s sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004. She was convicted on Dec. 29, 2021 of conspiring with the disgraced financier to recruit, groom, and abuse underage girls.

After her notorious lover was found dead in his NYC prison cell in August 2019, the British former socialite evaded the public eye until she was finally arrested in Bedford, New Hampshire in July 2020. During her trial, which began Dec. 6, 2021, she pleaded not guilty to six federal charges, including sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, three related counts of conspiracy, and enticing a minor to engage in illegal sex acts. She was not convicted on one count: enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison.

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Former lovers, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Like her now deceased ex, the Brit faces multiple sex trafficking charges. (Shutterstock)

The investigation and conviction comes a year after the premiere of the Netflix docu-series, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, which focused on Maxwell’s ex who also faced charges of sex trafficking minors. Many of his alleged victims accused her of being an active participant and accomplice. At least one of them has accused Maxwell of threatening them after they went to law enforcement.

Maxwell’s lawyer has not responded to HollywoodLife’s request for comment about the conviction. Here’s what else you need to know about her:

1. She is a well-connected British former socialite.

Born in France and raised in the U.K., Maxwell is the youngest of nine children. The Oxford-educated socialite has partied with royalty and world leaders including, Prince Andrew and former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as former First Lady, Melania Trump.

2. Her father died in suspicious circumstances. 

Maxwell’s dad, Robert Maxwell, once owned the New York Daily News and Britain’s Mirror Group Newspapers. He died in November 1991 after falling off his yacht, Lady Ghislaine, off the Canary Islands. His official cause of death was a heart attack and accidental drowning, although conspiracy theorists believe he either committed suicide or was murdered, according to The Guardian. After his death Robert Maxwell was accused of plundering the Mirror Group’s pension funds of around £460 million.

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Ghislaine’s media mogul father, Robert Maxwell, who died in suspicious circumstances three decades ago. (Shutterstock)

3. Where did Maxwell and Epstein meet? 

Maxwell reportedly met Epstein after relocating to New York in the 1990s following her father’s death. “Her family’s wealth, status and influence considerably depleted, Maxwell found something of a replacement in her relationship with Epstein,” according to The Guardian.

4. She filed a lawsuit against Epstein’s estate.

In court docs filed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, she says that she had “no involvement in or knowledge of Epstein’s alleged misconduct” and is asking for money to pay for her security costs because she allegedly “receives regular threats to her life and safety.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell is featured in the Netflix documentary series, ‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich.’ (REX/Shutterstock)

5. She was rarely seen in public after Epstein’s death. 

In 2019 she was photographed outside a Los Angeles In-N-Out Burger restaurant shortly after Epstein’s death in an image published by the New York Post. She was finally arrested in July 2020. In April 2021 her attorney released a photo of her sporting a black eye while awaiting trial in a Brooklyn federal prison. Maxwell told her attorneys she didn’t know how she acquired the bruise, according to the New York Daily News.

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