Four women took the stand at Maxwell’s trial. All said they had been sexually abused by Epstein before they turned 18, and that Maxwell had urged, facilitated and even participated in the sexual encounters.
Only one woman, Annie Farmer, used her real name in her testimony, while the others used pseudonyms to protect their identity.
The first accuser, Jane, said she had been molested by Epstein from the age of 14. She said Maxwell had “instructed” her on how to massage Epstein and had been “very casual” about the abuse “like it was not a big deal”.
A British woman, Kate, said Maxwell had asked her if she knew any “cute, young, pretty girls – like you” who could have sex with Epstein. She alleged that the socialite had often called her a “good girl” and had asked if she was having “fun” when she was with the paedophile, and had even laid out a schoolgirl dress for her to wear.
Carolyn, a third woman, said she had been to Epstein’s Florida home “hundreds of times” between the ages of 14 to 18, with Maxwell calling to set up the massage appointments and then paying her after. An ex-boyfriend of hers corroborated the testimony, saying he had driven her to and from the home, and had seen the money.
Annie Farmer – who called Maxwell a “sexual predator” and “psychopath” in previous court hearings – pointed at the defendant and accused her of groping her in a topless massage at age 16. Ms Farmer also said Maxwell had neither said nor done anything as Epstein had felt her up at a movie theatre.
US Attorney Damian Williams released a statement welcoming the verdict and commending the “bravery” of the victims who came forward.
“A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children,” the statement said.
“Crimes that she committed with her long-time partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein.
“The road to justice has been far too long. But, today, justice has been done. I want to commend the bravery of the girls – now grown women – who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom.
“Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today’s result, possible.”
The disgraced financier and convicted child sex offender was at the centre of the allegations against Maxwell, his former girlfriend and long-time associate.
Born and raised in New York, the university drop-out taught at a private school in the city in the 1970s before becoming an investment banker on Wall Street and rising rapidly up the chain.
By 1982, he had created his own firm – J Epstein and Co. The company was an instant success.
He also began rubbing elbows with some of the world’s most recognisable people, like Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton.
In 2005, the parents of a 14-year-old girl told police in Florida that Epstein had molested their daughter at his Palm Beach home. A police search of the property found photos of girls throughout the house.
Prosecutors eventually forged a deal with Epstein in 2008 and he avoided federal charges, instead receiving an 18-month prison sentence.
In July 2019, Epstein was arrested in New York, accused of having run a “vast network” of underage girls for sex.
He died in his cell on 10 August 2019 while awaiting trial, and his death was ruled a suicide.