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Ghislaine Maxwell’s victims say their apologies are ‘insufficient’ as she has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking

Ghislaine Maxwell’s victims said the convicted sex trafficker’s apology “is not enough” – as her lawyer vowed to appeal her 20-year sentence, which was handed down on Tuesday.

Maxwell, 60, had called her former accomplice Jeffrey Epstein “manipulative” before her sentencing in Manhattan federal court and added she hoped her “harsh incarceration” would bring the victims to closure.

“I wish she would be sorry when she was busy forcing me into a room to be raped. Then she should have been sorry,” prosecutor Sarah Ramsome later told reporters outside the courthouse.

“Actually, there shouldn’t even be an apology. Rape is rape.”

Ransome, 37, had made a tearful victim impact statement in which she said she endured years of mental anguish and twice attempted suicide after months of abuse.

“Forcing someone into a room to be raped – there aren’t enough excuses in the world. ‘I’m sorry’ isn’t enough,” Ransome told reporters. “And for me, actions speak louder than words.”

Elizabeth Stein, another prosecutor alongside Ransome, admitted she was unnerved when she heard Maxwell’s voice in the courthouse.

Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, had allegedly slammed her former accomplice Jeffrey Epstein "manipulative" before her sentencing in federal court in Manhattan.
Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, called her former accomplice Jeffrey Epstein “manipulative” before her sentencing in Manhattan federal court.
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“I kept reminding myself of that [Maxwell] was sentenced in shackles in front of me and Sarah and I sat there freely together,” Stein told reporters.

Maxwell, who was also fined $750,000, had been convicted of helping pedophile financier Epstein recruit and groom girls for sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004.

Epstein, who killed himself in 2019 while awaiting trial, was a “manipulative, cunning and controlling man” who “fooled everyone in his orbit,” Maxwell said before her sentencing. She admitted she was “guilty of helping Epstein,” who was also her former boyfriend.

“For you, for you, all of the victims who came to court and for those outside of it, I’m sorry for the pain you’ve experienced,” Maxwell said. “I hope my conviction and harsh incarceration bring you closure.”

Sarah Ransome and Elizabeth Stein, victims of Jeffery Epstein, arrive for sentencing at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell in the Manhattan borough of New York.
Sarah Ransome (right) and Elizabeth Stein, victims of Jeffery Epstein, arrive in Manhattan for the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell.
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Maxwell’s attorney, Bobbi Sterheim, promised to appeal the decision.

“I found her testimony moving and to the point,” Sternheim said after the decision, calling it a “personal and professional privilege” to have represented Maxwell.

Kevin Maxwell, the fallen socialite’s brother, told reporters gathered outside the courthouse that the family was “firmly behind” his sister.

Sarah Ransome called out the convicted sex offender.
Elizabeth Stein and Sarah Ransome called out the convicted sex offender.
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“We have nothing to add to the very heartfelt statement Ghislaine made in court, and nothing to add to the comments she made to the victims and her sincere hope that the trial and sentencing will bring the victims closure.” , he said.

“Ghislaine will exercise her right of appeal. We, the family, will stand firmly behind her all the way.”

https://nypost.com/2022/06/28/ghislaine-maxwells-victims-say-her-apology-doesnt-cut-it-as-shes-sentenced-to-20-years-for-sex-trafficking/ Ghislaine Maxwell’s victims say their apologies are ‘insufficient’ as she has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking

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