‘Good Time Ghislaine’ who abused girls with paedo Epstein ‘too vain for suicide’

Ghislaine Maxwell faces spending the rest of her life behind bars after being found guilty on five charges relating to exploiting young women for her sex offender boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.

Jack Scarola, the Florida-based lawyer who represents several of Epstein’s victims, says that she could well now try to make a deal with prosecutors and give evidence against the powerful men accused of being involved in Epstein’s shady paedo network.

He said: “Satisfaction with Maxwell’s conviction is tempered by the knowledge that other co-conspirators have yet to be held responsible for their involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s extraordinary criminal enterprise".

But whether the daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell will have the humility to cooperate with the authorities remains to be seen.

Maxwell lost her access to her father Robert's riches when he mysteriously died after apparently going overboard from his yacht, called the Lady Ghislaine, in 1991.

But Ghislaine nevertheless inherited his supreme arrogance. It was the same arrogance, says the Mirror’s Christopher Bucktin, that Maxwell could now come to regret.

During her four-week trial and despite refusing to take the stand, she still could not prevent displaying the superior attitude that her lawyers feared could cost her freedom.

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In the one moment that the court did hear her cut-glass British accent, Maxwell could not help taunt the prosecutors.

When asked by Judge Alison Nathan if she was to give evidence, the 60-year-old was unable to show any difference despite the charges she faced.

Brazenly taking to her feet, she replied: "Your Honour, the government has not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. So there is no need for me to testify."

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It was the same kind of contempt that saw her spend her time listening to the evidence of the four girls she abused draw a portrait of the court's sketch artist as she drew her.

But to those who know Maxwell, who aren't a millionaire or model, politician or prince, it was the same disdain she showed for anyone she felt beneath her.

Now those with whom she displayed it to most – her victims – have come together to convict her.

It was all a far cry from the woman she had portrayed herself to be as she tried to win bail before her trial.

Gone was a confused victim of jailhouse cruelty. In her place was a woman who hugged and high-fived her lawyers, all while snapping her fingers as she appeared exhilarated by some aspect of their talks.

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For someone who accused officials of deliberately making her jail life so harsh, it would destroy her chances of putting together a decent defence, she certainly made up for lost time.

Sadly for Maxwell, that clock has now run out.

The disgraced socialite, who believed she would walk free before Christmas, has been forced to swap Prada for prison issue clothes, as she beds down on a concrete bed and mattress.

Maxwell will undoubtedly be placed on suicide watch over fears she may follow in 'partner in crime' Jeffrey Epstein's footsteps who hung himself in jail in August 2019.

But according to one former associate, her warders need worry not. "Ghislaine is too arrogant to take her own life. She thinks hers is far too important to end it prematurely," she said.

A date for Maxwell's sentence has yet to be set.

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