The brother of disgraced British socialite and convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell has confirmed that his sister will not name any names in exchange for a shorter sentence.
This comes after Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking on five of six charges she was facing on Wednesday (December 29) afternoon, of underage females as young as 14 years old.
Her brother, Ian Maxwell, said before the trial: “Prosecution confirmed no plea bargain offers were made or received.
“I expect that position to be maintained.”
According to the New York Post, Maxwell’s refusal to co-operate with prosecutors could come “as a relief” to alleged co-conspirators, including four women employed by Maxwell and her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.
Known as ‘Goodtime Ghislaine’, she was a prolific networker of high society, rubbing shoulders with people including Prince Andrew, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump at various stages in her life. Prince Andrew has vehemently denied any wrongdoing or any illegal behaviour in connection with his link to Maxwell.
Ian Maxwell said that his sister, 60, was “understandably subdued” by her conviction but “strong in spirit”.
Now, she faces up to 65 years in prison.
Maxwell was described as a “sophisticated predator” by prosecutors who committed “one of the worst crimes imaginable.”
In 2019, Epstein, 66, committed suicide while awaiting trial for child sex charges.
Maxwell’s brother added that Ghislaine “is not now, nor has ever been, a suicide risk”.
“She knows there are many people, including her family of course, who love and support her and who believe in her innocence,” he said.
He added that she will be “appealing her conviction”.
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“She is a fighter and a survivor.”
Maxwell is also facing charges of perjury following evidence she gave in the 2016 civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has claimed she was trafficked to Prince Andrew aged 17 by Epstein and Maxwell.
She has spent more than 500 days in a detention centre in Brooklyn, New York, much of it in solitary confinement.
Maxwell’s legal team spent months complaining about the conditions inside the Metropolitan Detention Centre, described as one of the USA’s toughest jails.
But now, a federal prison consultant has claimed that her life in prison will be like “Disneyland” compared to this facility.