Ghislaine Maxwell urged a US judge not to accept the testimony of four female accusers at his sentencing next Tuesday for aiding in the sexual abuse of underage girls by financier Jeffrey Epstein.
In a letter Friday to circuit judge Alison Nathan, who presided over Maxwell’s trial and sentencing British socialite, Maxwell’s lawyer Bobby Sternheim said women’s “victim influence statements” should be publicized or considered when sentencing. Doing so would be “unreasonably prejudicial”.
“Whoever claims misconduct, the sentencing proceedings should not be a bully pulpit,” Sternheim wrote.
Prosecutors and Maxwell’s lawyers agreed that two other accused, Annie Farmer and Virginia Giuffre, qualify as victims under the federal Crime Victims Rights Act.
Prosecutors said that Farmer and accuser “Kate,” both testified at Maxwell’s trial, plan to attend her sentencing in Manhattan federal court, while the other accusers do not.
Maxwell, 60, was indicted on December 29 on five of six counts, including sex trafficking, for recruiting and framing four girls for abusing Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
Prosecutors want Maxwell to spend at least 30 years in prison, citing a “complete lack of remorse” as he blamed others for his “shockingly violent” conduct.
Maxwell wants a shorter prison term than the 20 years recommended by probation officials.
Friday’s filing included written statements from Farmer, Kate and Giuffre about how Maxwell affected their lives.
Farmer wrote, “This toxic combination of being sexually exposed and exploited, feeling confused and nave, self-blame resulted in significant embarrassment.”
Kate described being around Maxwell “like a roller coaster ride designed to disorient and disable me as a weak, young girl.”
Giuffre addressed his statement directly to Maxwell.
“You opened the door to hell,” she wrote. “But Ghislain, I want you to know that when you tried to break me, you didn’t succeed.”
Epstein, 66, was found dead in a prison cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
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