Ian Maxwell said that his sister, who was this week convicted on five counts of sex trafficking in the US, will not be pursuing a plea bargain despite facing the rest of her life behind bars
Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell will not name others involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s sordid network, according to her brother.
The 60-year-old, who was found guilty of five offences last week, may spend the rest of her life behind bars in the United States.
But there has been speculation that she could talk to investigators in exchange for a shorter sentence, with the British socialite under pressure to reveal what she knows.
Maxwell, described as a “sophisticated predator” by prosecutors, procured underage girls for paedophile former lover Epstein, who died in 2019 while awaiting trial.
But her brother Ian Maxwell, 65, claimed his sister does not intend to make a deal with prosecutors.
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He told The Times : “Prosecution confirmed no plea bargain offers were made or received” before the trial, adding: “I expect that position to be maintained.”
Mr Maxwell said his sister was “understandably subdued”, but maintains her innocence.
He said: “She will be appealing her conviction. She is a fighter and a survivor.”
Prince Andrew was a friend of both Epstein and Maxwell, and investigators in the US have long been keen to speak to him.
The Queen’s second son is facing a civil claim by Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was forced to have sex with him three times while she was a teenager – an allegation he has always denied.
But although it seems Maxwell is unlikely to talk, the Duke fears his name could still be dragged into proceedings when she is sentenced.
The Mirror yesterday reported that Ms Giuffre, 38, can address the New York court during Maxwell’s sentencing despite not participating in the British socialite’s trial.
The invitation has also been extended to Johanna Sjoberg, 41 who claims Andrew committed a sexual act on her at Jeffrey Epstein’s New York home.
Should the women address the court, they would both be free to discuss how Maxwell’s crimes had affected them.
It would also allow them to name those who allegedly took part in their abuse.
Both have claimed in previous court cases that Andrew was involved.
Authorities in the US are under intense pressure to investigate other alleged associates of Maxwell and Epstein.
These include four former assistants to the couple – Sarah Kellen, Lesley Groff, Adriana Ross and Nadia Marcinkova – who Epstein named as “potential coconspirators” in a 2008 plea deal.
Ms Giuffre tweeted after Maxwell was found guilty: “My soul yearned for justice for years and today the jury gave me just that. I will remember this day always.
“Having lived with the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at her hands and whose lives she destroyed.
‘”I hope that today is not the end but rather another step in justice being served.
“Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.