Ghislaine Maxwell: What did the trial reveal and what sentence can we expect?

Ghislaine Maxwell faces a lengthy prison sentence. Credit: PA

Ghislaine Maxwell is set to be sentenced after being convicted of sex trafficking fin a month-long trial at a US federal court in Manhattan.

Maxwell, 60, lured young girls to massage rooms to be molested by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004.

She faces potentially decades behind bars.

Here is a look at what we have learned from the trial and what to expect at Tuesday’s sentencing.

How many accusers gave evidence in the trial?

Over the past 17 years, scores of women have accused Epstein of abusing them. Many described Maxwell as acting as a madam who recruited them to give massages to Epstein.

The trial, though, revolved around allegations from only a handful of those women. Four testified they were abused as teens in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein's mansions in Florida, New York, New Mexico and the Virgin Islands.

Annie Farmer, who was 16 when she met Maxwell, was the only one of the four to testify using her full name.

The other three women gave evidence under the pseudonyms Jane, Kate and Carolyn.

What did Jane say in her testimony?

Jane said Maxwell and Epstein summoned her for an orgy at the age of just 14 in 1994.

She told jurors Epstein would use sex toys on her “even though it hurt” and said he and Maxwell would “fondle” each other while “casually giggling” in front of her.

Jane alleges she was summoned to sexualised massages with Jeffrey Epstein from the age of 14 Credit: US Department of Justice

Jane said she was left “frozen with fear” after her encounters with the couple, and under cross-examination, she told the jury she did “not believe I have come up with a memory” of being sexually abused.

What did Kate tell the court?

Kate told jurors she was presented with massage oils at Maxwell’s London townhouse when she was 17 and told to “have a good time” before giving Epstein a sexualised massage.

The British accuser also said she was invited to Epstein’s house in Palm Beach, Florida, when she was 18 and that Maxwell had laid a schoolgirl outfit out for her to wear because she “thought it would be fun.”

After sexualised massages with Epstein, Kate said Maxwell had called her “such a good girl”, describing her as one of the disgraced financier’s favourites.

What did Carolyn tell the jury?

Carolyn told the jury Maxwell groped her at the age of 14 after she told the defendant about being molested and raped at the age of four.

Maxwell told Carolyn she had a “great body for Epstein and his friends” after touching her breasts in his massage room.

Maxwell is alleged to have called Kate ‘such a good girl’ after sexualised massages Credit: US Department of Justice

The witness told jurors she stopped seeing Epstein for massages at the age of 18 because she had become “too old” for him.

What did Annie Farmer say in her evidence?

Annie Farmer said Maxwell told her to undress at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch and rubbed her breasts during a massage.

She told jurors Epstein had “caressed” her hand at the cinema and got into bed with her at his ranch because he “wanted a cuddle”.

Which famous names were dragged into Maxwell’s trial?

A number of famous names were mentioned throughout the trial, including the Duke of York, former US presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and Pope John Paul II.

Jane told the court she flew on Epstein’s private plane with Andrew and met Mr Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

Other notable passengers on Epstein’s planes included Mr Trump, Mr Clinton and actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker.

The Duke of York has been named as a passenger on one of Epstein’s private planes Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

The trial also heard Epstein had photos of himself with famous people hanging up in his houses, including former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Pope John Paul II.

A photograph, shown to the jury, appeared to show Maxwell and Epstein at a log cabin on the Queen’s Balmoral estate.

Who else gave evidence as part of the US government’s case?

Juan Patricio Alessi, the former housekeeper for Epstein at his Palm Beach house, told jurors he drove Jane and Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts to the house under orders from Maxwell when they were 14 to 15 years old.

He also said staff were given a “household manual” which told them to “see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing” and to never disclose Maxwell and Epstein’s activities or whereabouts to anyone.

FBI analyst Kimberly Meder took jurors through various photos which were found on CDs that were seized from Epstein’s New York house, including ones of Maxwell rubbing his feet.

Palm Beach law enforcement officer Gregory Parkinson was asked to identify a massage table which had been brought into court after being seized from Epstein’s house.

What was said in Maxwell’s defence case?

During her opening statement to the jury, defence counsel Bobbi Sternheim said the charges against Maxwell were for “things Jeffrey Epstein did”.

The defendant declined to give evidence in her trial, telling the judge: “Your honour, the government has not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt so there is no reason for me to testify.”

Maxwell lured girls to a variety of properties owned by Epstein, as well as her home in London Credit: PA Graphics

Maxwell’s lawyers attempted to demonstrate that victims had exaggerated the defendant’s involvement in any of Epstein’s crimes.

What sentence can Maxwell expect now she has been convicted?

Maxwell was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, which carries a statutory maximum of 40 years in prison.

Her conviction for transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity carries a maximum sentence of ten years, while conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity carries a maximum of five years in prison.

The final charge of sex trafficking minors carries a statutory maximum of five years in prison, bringing the statutory maximum sentence for all charges to 65 years.

Prosecutors have urged the judge to pass a sentence of 30 to 55 years.

Will any victims speak at the sentencing hearing?

Annie Farmer, Kate and Virginia Giuffre have been given permission to read victim impact statements in person to the court.

Maria Farmer, Sarah Ransome, Teresa Helm, Elizabeth Stein and Juliette Bryant were told their statements would only be accepted as written submissions.