What next for Ghislaine Maxiwell after a guilty verdict?

NEW YORK, NY (AP) -- After Wednesday's guilty verdict in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking case, here's a look into what Jeffrey Epstein confidante was charged with and what her next steps will be.

What next for Ghislaine Maxiwell after a guilty verdict?

WHO WERE GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S ACCUSERS?!

Four women, Annie Farmer, Jane, Kate, and Carolyn were accused of sexually exploiting Maxwell and Epstein as teenagers.

GHISLAINE MAXWELL CONVICTED OF WHAT CHARGES?

Six counts were the focus of the trial:

1. To entice minors into illegal sex acts

2. Enticement to a minor to travel to illegal sex acts

3. To transport minors in a conspiracy with the intent of engaging in criminal sexual activity

4. Transport of a minor with the intent to engage criminal sexual activity

5. sex trafficking conspiracy

6. Minor sex trafficking

She was convicted of all but the second charge, despite her lawyers claiming she was just a patsy.

WHY WAS HER ACQUITTED ON A ONE COUNT?

It's difficult to know for certain without the public statements of the jurors. The second charge, which was enticement of minors to travel to engage illegal sex acts, is perhaps the most confusing. Maxwell was charged with "entice" Jane to New York City by offering her gifts and arranging flights. The jury was unable to agree on the count and asked for the definition of "enticement" in a written note.

HOW EXACTLY DID YOU PRONOUNCE "GHISLAINE"?

Hard "g", silent "s". Think "ghee," as in clarified butter. It might help to see the New York Post cover -- Rupert Murdoch's rival media baron father -- on the day following the verdict.

WHAT PRISON TIME DOES GHISLAINE MAXWELL GET?

The maximum sentence for the most serious charge on which the 60 year-old was convicted is 40 years. She was acquitted of a minor charge that carried a maximum five-year sentence.

So, WHAT'S NEXT for GHISLAINE MAXWELL?

Although she needs to be sentenced immediately, a date has not been set. According to a family statement, a hearing had been initiated the night before the verdict was rendered. She is now facing a second trial on the two perjury charges that she was indicted for.

WHY IS GHISLAINE MXWELL CHARGED SUSPECTIVELY WITH PERJURY

These counts are based upon her 2016 depositions in a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre. In response to a question regarding Epstein's "scheme to recruit girls for sexual massagings," she said "I don’t know what you’re talking about." She was also accused of lying, saying that she couldn’t remember Epstein’s Florida home had any sex toys or other devices and saying that she didn’t know Epstein was having sex. Because of a court-approved agreement, her depositions would remain confidential.

WHAT DID GHISLAINE MAXWELL DO BEFORE HER ARREST

Maxwell was taken into custody in July 2020, almost one year after Epstein died in prison while awaiting trial. After Epstein's passing, Maxwell stopped participating in public activities such as running an oceans charity. Public speculation was swirling about her whereabouts. Did she eat a burger while reading a book about CIA operatives in Southern California or was that just a normal day? Did she live in Britain, Paris, or perhaps even Massachusetts? Prosecutors claim she fled to New Hampshire, where she was arrested. She lived in a million dollar home and kept her cellphone in foil.

SO HAS GHISLAINE MXWELL EVER BEEN IN JAIL DURING THIS WHOLE TIME?

Maxwell was found to be a flight risk despite numerous bail requests. She has been in federal custody in Brooklyn for well over a decade. Maxwell's family and attorneys have criticized Maxwell's jail conditions as harsh and hostile to her ability to mount a solid defense. After the verdict was announced, Maxwell's attorney requested that Maxwell receive a COVID-19 booster shot as infection rates were increasing in her prison. After she is sentenced, she will move to a federal jail.

WHAT LONG DID THE TRIAL GO ON?

It took a month. The testimony began on Nov. 29, and we received a verdict Dec. 29. Although the trial was originally expected to last six weeks at first, both sides' witness lists were drastically shortened without explanation. The case was decided by the jury after five days.

WHY DID GHISLAINE MAXWELL NOT TESTIFY?

The judge was not surprised when she told her that she didn't need to testify because the prosecution hadn't adequately proved their case. Although it didn't work for her, it isn't unusual. High-profile defendants rarely testify, because it exposes them to more scrutiny.

WHAT WAS GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S RELATIONSHIP TO JEFFREYEPSTEIN?

Although they were romantically involved, she claims she changed to being an employee and running her household. Epstein owned homes in several places: Palm Beach, Florida, New Mexico, Manhattan, a private island in U.S Virgin Islands, Paris, and New Mexico. Prosecutors presented records that Epstein paid Maxwell over $20 million throughout the years. They also accused her of being Epstein's madam and procuring girls for him to sex.

WHAT IS PRINCE ANDREW IMPLICIT IN ALL OF THIS?

He's not. He's not exactly. However, Maxwell's conviction doesn't bode well for the British monarch. Andrew is being sued by Giuffre, who claims he sexually assaulted her as a teenager. Maxwell, she claims, helped her meet Andrew. Andrew has denied this claim. These allegations were not made during the trial. However, Andrew's name was mentioned in testimony. A pilot of Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the "Lolita Express", testified that he had flown Andrew. An accuser also confirmed that she had told the FBI she had flown alongside the prince.

WHO IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL’S HUSBAND?

Unknown man He was her boyfriend when she was detained in New Hampshire. Court documents do not reveal his identity. He supported her bail applications, but was not seen at the trial. He had most of her assets transferred to her, but she also stated that they are in the process of getting divorced.

IS ANYONE ON GHISLAINE MXWELL'S IDE?

Her family will continue to support her. Isabel, her sister, attended all proceedings. She was often joined by other siblings. After the verdict, her family made a strong statement of support. Ghislaine is the baby of the family. She is said to be the favourite of Robert Maxwell, her father. He died after she fell from a yacht named after him.

HOW LONG HAS GHISLAINE MAXWELL SPENT HER TIME IN JAIL

Maxwell is said to have been reading a lot of books according to a family website. Maxwell's reading list includes books on criminal justice, such as "Just Mercy", by Bryan Stevenson. She also read "Licensed to Lie" by Sidney Powell. Sidney Powell is a conspiracy theorist who was formerly a Trump lawyer. She has also been reading Philip Pullman's fantasy series "His Dark Materials", and Gail Honeyman's popular book club fiction selection "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine", by Gail Honeyman.

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