Ghislaine Maxwell should serve at least 30 years in prison for her ‘monstrous’ crimes, prosecutors say

Ghislaine Maxwell should serve at least 30 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, US prosecutors have said ahead of a sentencing hearing.

In new court filings, the British socialite’s conduct was described as “shockingly predatory” – and her crimes were branded “monstrous”.

Maxwell was convicted in December of recruiting teenage girls for US financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004 – and a judge is due to sentence the 60-year-old next Tuesday.

Her lawyers have previously argued she should serve no more than four or five years in prison, and claim she has faced onerous and punitive jail conditions since her arrest in July 2020.

Those representing Maxwell allege she has received death threats while behind bars, with the harsh environment causing her to lose hair and weight.

But giving their recommendations to the judge, prosecutors said complaints of poor confinement conditions were no reason for a lighter sentence – adding that she had “enjoyed remarkable privileges as a high-profile inmate”.

They wrote: “Going from being waited on hand and foot to incarceration is undoubtedly a shocking and unpleasant experience.”

Federal sentencing guidelines indicate Maxwell should serve between 30 and 55 years in prison.

Prosecutors wrote: “As part of a disturbing agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, groomed, and abused multiple victims, while she enjoyed a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege.

“In her wake, Maxwell left her victims permanently scarred with emotional and psychological injuries. That damage can never be undone, but it can be accounted for in crafting a just sentence for Maxwell’s crimes.”

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