Ghislaine Maxwell guilty verdict will bring ‘solace’ to others, survivor says

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  • Ghislaine Maxwell
    Ghislaine Maxwell
    Socialite
  • Jeffrey Epstein
    American financier
Annie Farmer during a hearing in 2019  (AFP via Getty Images)
Annie Farmer during a hearing in 2019 (AFP via Getty Images)

A woman who bravely gave evidence in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial has said she hopes the guilty verdict will bring "solace" to other survivors.

"I am so relieved and grateful," said Annie Farmer - who was the only witness to use her real name during her testimony in the high-profile trial.

"I hope this verdict... demonstrates that no one is above the law," she added.

"I hope that this verdict brings solace to all who need it. Even those with great power and privilege will be held accountable when they sexually abuse and exploit the young."

On Wednesday, Maxwell was found guilty of grooming underage girls to be abused by wealthy American financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell, 60, was found guilty on five of the six counts she faced. She was also convicted of the most serious charge she faced - that of sex-trafficking a minor.

A jury of 12 deliberated for five days in New York.

The verdict means the Briton could spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Maxwell’s lawyers have already said they will appeal the verdict.

Robert Glassman, who was representing a survivor using the pseudonym Jane, said: “The strong women survivors of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse can all sleep better tonight knowing that the justice system got it right.”

Gloria Allred a lawyer representing another survivor told the BBC the verdict sent a "message to other sex predators" that they would not get away with their actions.

"Charges may be filed against you, you may be prosecuted and you may end up getting sentenced to prison for the rest of your life," she said.

Virginia Giuffre, one of Maxwell and Epstein’s most prominent accusers, said she would "remember this day always".

Bobbi Sternheim, attorney for Ghislaine Maxwell, speaks outside federal court following the verdict on Wednesday night (Getty Images)
Bobbi Sternheim, attorney for Ghislaine Maxwell, speaks outside federal court following the verdict on Wednesday night (Getty Images)

Ms Giuffre has alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times. The Duke of York denies the allegations.

Wednesday’s verdict came following a month-long trial that included various harrowing testimonies from four women who said they were abused by Epstein between 1994 and 2004.

Maxwell, a long-time associate of Epstein, has been in jail since July 2020.

Epstein was found dead in his prison cell in New York in August 2019. He was awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

The death was ruled a suicide.

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