Ghislaine Maxwell Claims She’s ‘Victim of Helping Jeffrey Epstein’

Ghislaine Maxwell has broken her silence on her sex trafficking conviction, where she said she was a “victim of helping Jeffrey Epstein” and said the pedophile was “fooling all the people in his job” before being sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Maxwell first addressed the court before the judge issued the verdict, telling the judge, “Your Honor, it is difficult for me to address the court after listening to the pain and fear expressed today.

“The horrific impact on the lives of so many women is hard to hear and even harder to grasp in its magnitude and magnitude. I want to acknowledge their suffering. My deepest condolences to all the victims in this case.

The judge who will hand out Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentence has ruled that guidelines dictate that she must serve only 15.6 to 19.5 years – not the expected maximum of 55 years

In a major win for Maxwell's defense, Judge Alison Nathan ruled that he must use the 2003 conviction guidelines — the year Maxwell last committed a violation.  In 2004, conviction guidelines were raised, which could have allowed Maxwell to serve a maximum of 55 years.  But the judge ruled to lower the maximum to 235 months - or 19.5 years

In a major win for Maxwell’s defense, Judge Alison Nathan ruled that he must use the 2003 conviction guidelines — the year Maxwell last committed offense. In 2004, conviction guidelines were raised, which could have allowed Maxwell to serve a maximum of 55 years. But the judge ruled to lower the maximum to 235 months – or 19.5 years

Ghislaine Maxwell is sentenced today after being convicted of sex trafficking in December.  The conviction marks the end of a decades-long struggle for justice by victims of Maxwell and Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell is sentenced today after being convicted of sex trafficking in December. The conviction marks the end of a decades-long struggle for justice by victims of Maxwell and Epstein

“I thereby acknowledge that I was a victim of helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes.”

“I realize that I have been convicted of assisting Jeffrey Epstein in committing these crimes. My partner with Epstein will permanently stain me. It is the greatest regret of my life that I have ever met him.’

She added that Epstein was “fooling all the people in his job.”

“His victims regarded him as a mentor, friend, lover. Jeffrey Epstein should have stood in front of you. In 2005. In 2009. And again in 2019. But today I have to be sentenced.

“His impact on everyone close to him is devastating.”

Victims regarded him as a godfather, a mentor, a benefactor, a friend, a lover. It is absolutely unfathomable today to think that he was viewed that way at the time. His impact on everyone close to him is devastating.

Sarah Ransome, 38, (right) is pictured with fellow Jeffery Epstein victim Elizabeth Stein (left).  Ransome spoke of the horrors she experienced at the hands of Epstein, which led her to attempt suicide twice, in 2008 and 2018

Sarah Ransome, 38, (right) is pictured with fellow Jeffery Epstein victim Elizabeth Stein (left). Ransome spoke of the horrors she experienced at the hands of Epstein, which led her to attempt suicide twice, in 2008 and 2018

“I’m sorry for the pain you experienced.

“I hope this brings the women who have suffered a measure of peace and weakness to help you put those experiences of so many years ago in a place where you can look forward and not back.

“It is my sincere wish to everyone in this courtroom and to everyone outside this courtroom who is closing a terrible chapter today.

“May this day help you travel through the darkness to the light.”

Maxwell spoke after the judge, who will hand out her sentence, ruled that guidelines dictate that she serve only 15.6 to 19.5 years – not the expected maximum of 55 years.

Prosecutors had asked Judge Nathan to sentence him to at least 30 years for Maxwell’s “utter lack of remorse.” Maxwell claims she should only serve four years because she poses no danger to the public.

US Assistant Attorney Alison More told the judge, “The 2003 guidelines were inadequate. Consider the sophistication of her predatory behavior. We ask the court to send a message that no one is above the law.”

“This is one of the rare cases for a Guidelines sentence above.”

Ransome shared photos of her in a hospital bed after her first suicide attempt in 2008

The suicide attempt came a year after she managed to escape from Epstein

Ransome shared photos of her in a hospital bed after her first suicide attempt in 2008

Ransome is pictured with casts on both legs after her second suicide attempt in 2018

Ransome is pictured with casts on both legs after her second suicide attempt in 2018

Previously, victim Sarah Ransome, 37, revealed in her victim statement released Tuesday that she attempted suicide twice after being locked up in Maxwell and Epstein’s dungeon of hell.

She once attempted to jump off a cliff while on Epstein’s private island of St. Little James in the US Virgin Islands.

†[I was] nothing more than a sex toy with a heartbeat and soul, used to entertain Epstein, Maxwell and others,” she wrote.

“While visiting the island, the sexual demands, degradation and humiliation made me try to escape by jumping off a cliff into shark-infested waters.

“I was caught by Maxwell and his company just before jumping. That extremely risky escape seemed more attractive at the time than being raped again.”

Ransome said she was only 22 years old when she arrived in New York with hopes of entering the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Ransome was only 22 when she was featured in Epstein's sex trade song

Ransome was only 22 when she was featured in Epstein’s sex trade song

She said she was targeted by an Epstein-Maxwell recruiter named Natalya Malyshev at a club, who arranged for her to meet the billionaire who allegedly promised to help give her financial aid to attend her dream school.

“Epstein and Maxwell were masters of finding young, vulnerable girls and young women to exploit,” Ransome said.

“But shortly after lulling me and others into a false sense of comfort and security, they jumped into the air and entangled us in their upside-down, twisted world of rape, rape, and more rape.

“Like the Hotel California, you could check into the Epstein-Maxwell dungeon of sexual hell, but you could never leave. Ghislaine forced me into Epstein’s room with her own hand to be raped.”

Although Ransome was able to escape to the UK in 2007, she said she started drinking heavily because she was constantly haunted by what had happened to her, fearing that “one day Epstein and Maxwell would harm me, my loved ones and my family, like Epstein repeatedly said it would, if I ever dared to leave.”

The trauma choked Ransome to the point where she attempted suicide a year later while Epstein faced trial, then made another attempt on her own life in 2018, during her case against Maxwell and other Epstein associates.

“Despite my sincere efforts, I have not realized my God-given potential professionally or entered into healthy personal relationships,” Ransome said. ‘I never married and have no children, something I’ve always wanted, even as a little girl.

“I avoid strangers and have a hard time making new friends because I’m afraid they might be associated with Epstein, Maxwell and the Enablers.

“To this day I attend AA meetings, but I have had countless relapses and know that only by the grace of God can I continue to live,” she added. “Maxwell today is the same woman I met nearly twenty years ago—incapable of compassion or ordinary human decency.”

GHISLAINE MAXWELL FULL STATEMENT IF CONSENT FOR SEX TRAFFICKING

Ghislaine Maxwell told the court at the sentencing: “Your Honor, it is difficult for me to address the court after listening to the pain and fear expressed today.

“The horrific impact on the lives of so many women is hard to hear and even harder to absorb in its magnitude and magnitude. I want to acknowledge their suffering. My deepest condolences to all the victims in this case.

“I thereby acknowledge that I have been the victim of helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes.

“I realize that I have been convicted of assisting Jeffrey Epstein in committing these crimes. My partner with Epstein will permanently stain me. It is the greatest regret of my life that I have ever met him.’

Epstein “fooled everyone in his job,” she said.

“His victims regarded him as a mentor, friend, lover. Jeffrey Epstein should have stood in front of you. In 2005. In 2009. And again in 2019. But today I have to be sentenced.

“His impact on everyone close to him is devastating.”

“Jeffrey Epstein should have been here before you,” she says.

“He should have been here in 2005, in 2009 and again in 2019.”

“But today it’s not for Jeffrey Epstein, it’s for me to be convicted.”

Victims regarded him as a godfather, a mentor, a benefactor, a friend, a lover. It is absolutely unfathomable today to think that he was viewed that way at the time. His impact on everyone close to him is devastating.

“I’m sorry for the pain you experienced.

“I hope this brings the women who have suffered a measure of peace and weakness to help you put those experiences of so many years ago in a place where you can look forward and not back.

“It is my sincere wish to everyone in this courtroom and to everyone outside this courtroom who is closing a terrible chapter today.

“May this day help you travel through the darkness to the light.”

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