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**CONTENT WARNING: This article contains discussion about sexual abuse and suicide.**
Over the past two years, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell have dominated headlines as new evidence surfaced involving the sexual abuse allegations against them.
After securing a non-prosecution agreement in the state of Florida, Epstein plead guilty to charges of soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution in the early 2000s. The agreement allowed him to serve 13 months on work-release. He was also required to pay those victims (who were known at the time) and to register as a sex offender.
The case resurfaced in 2018 when an investigation identified an additional 60 women who came forward as victims between 2001 and 2006. One year later, a federal judge ruled that Epstein’s original plea deal was illegal because many victims were not consulted in the sentencing. This led to a thorough investigation resulting in Epstein’s arrest. Epstein was denied bail as a potential flight risk and spent most of 2019 in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he died by suicide before the his sentencing hearing could take place.
Since then, attention has shifted to Epstein’s long-time partner, Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 when three minor victims came forward saying they were recruited from 1994 to 1997 by Maxwell to engage in criminal sexual activity. She was also denied bail as a potential flight risk and spent the rest of the year in jail awaiting trial. During this time, more victims came forward as having been recruited by Maxwell to engage in sexual acts with Epstein at his Florida estate and on his private island.
Maxwell’s trial began in November 2021 for the following charges: enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticing minors to travel for illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transport of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury.
In late December, the jury found Maxwell guilty on five of the six charges laid against her. While most people thought this conviction would mark the end of the infamous Epstein chronicles and offer victims a small sense of peace, Maxwell has since requested a new trial citing concerns about a juror’s comments in interviews following the verdict. Maxwell’s legal team has requested a thorough juror investigation after juror number 50 shared their story of being sexually abused as a child, which may have impacted his ability to remain impartial as a member of the jury.
If Maxwell’s request for a new trial is accepted, this would mean additional delay in her official sentencing, should she be found guilty again. In the meantime, Maxwell remains in custody at the Brooklyn jail awaiting an official response which is expected in the coming weeks.