After Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty, her siblings are now appealing her sex trafficking conviction, saying they “strongly believe” in Maxwell’s innocence. They also said they were “disappointed” by the verdict handed down on Wednesday, December 29.
After a lengthy trial that began on November 29, 2021, Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced a month later, on December 29, for recruiting and caring for underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein for several years. Maxwell, who turned 60 behind bars on November 25, sat down while the verdict was read, after which she poured herself a cup of water, drank it and spoke to her lawyer. She showed no emotion when she was taken out of federal court in Lower Manhattan. The sentencing date has not yet been set.
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“We strongly believe in the innocence of our sister, we are very disappointed with the verdict. We have already launched the appeal tonight and we believe it will ultimately be justified,” Maxwell’s siblings wrote in a statement. given to freelance journalist Jay Beecher.
Support from siblings
Maxwell’s siblings include Christine Maxwell, Ian Maxwell, Isabel Maxwell, Kevin Maxwell, Michael Maxwell, Karine Maxwell, Philip Maxwell and Anne Maxwell. Her sister Isabel and her brother Kevin appeared in court. Her brother Ian has consistently criticized her prosecution and the condition she was in while in custody.
Isabel was the only member of Maxwell’s family to attend each day of his trial. In a 2006 interview, Isabel described how she dealt with life’s challenges, saying, “Personal tragedies and loss connect you to what’s going on in this world… I am a survivor with an innate fire that doesn’t. not allow me to be destroyed. . ”
On one occasion, Kevin spoke to reporters outside Manhattan courthouse and claimed Maxwell was treated very badly in prison. He said, “He has to go up and down the stairs, in chains, and they hurt her. She got bruised, she even bled, and you really have to be wondering in 2021, what is it? they do by chaining a 59- year-old woman this way every day when she poses absolutely no threat to the community. “
“She is being judged for her life and she received no food on the first day, she received a boiled egg, she is lucky if it is not moldy, she receives a few pieces of bread, can -be a slice of Kraft and a banana or an apple, ”he had said. “It’s literally all from 6.30am to 7.30pm when she comes back to the detention center. It’s just insufficient food. We don’t understand how it’s possible for everyone to wash their hands of this problem.” Ian also extended his support for Maxwell, claiming his “sister is not a monster”.
Who are Maxwell’s siblings?
Robert Maxwell had nine children with his wife Elisabeth ‘Betty’ Meynard. Michael, the firstborn, fell into a coma at the age of 15 after a car accident in 1961. He died eight years later.
Philip was a scientist and mathematician who won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, at the age of just 16. She studied Italian and French at Oxford, after which she trained as a Montessori teacher. She then married an osteopath and refused to be noticed after her father died.
Christine is the author of ‘The Dictionary Of Perfect Spelling’ and is married to an astrophysicist at a French university. They have two sons and a daughter.
Isabel and her sister Christine co-founded one of the first internet search engines, known as Magellan, in 1992. However, she was declared bankrupt in 2015. Isabel has married twice.
Karine died of leukemia at the age of three in 1957. Ian was known to have been mocked at home and compared himself unfavorably to his younger brother, Kevin, after joining the family business. Ian then started an organization similar to the Prince’s Trust in Greece.
Kevin was arrested and charged with fraud after hundreds of millions of people disappeared from Maxwell Empire employee pension funds. Kevin became Britain’s biggest bankrupt soon after his arrest, after a £ 407million bankruptcy order was issued against him.
Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty on almost all counts, the main count being child sex trafficking, punishable by up to 40 years in prison. The other charges of which Maxwell was convicted are conspiracy to induce a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts; conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; conspiracy to commit the sex trafficking of minors. While the first and second counts carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, the third carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and the fourth carries a maximum legal penalty of five years. from prison. She was acquitted of Count 2, which involved inducing a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts.