The claim: Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 10 years in prison
The prosecution of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking continues to create an array of social media claims.
A May 9 Facebook post claims Maxwell received a 10-year prison sentence for her crimes.
“Ghislaine Maxwell got 10 years and NOT one client has been arrested,” reads the post, which accumulated close to 400 interactions and 300 shares in less than a week.
But Maxwell is set to be sentenced in June, according to news reports.
USA TODAY could not reach the Facebook user who shared the claim for comment.
Judge set to sentence in June
Maxwell is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, the court docket shows.
In December 2021, Maxwell was found guilty by a jury in a New York federal court of luring underage girls to be sexually abused by the late Jefferey Epstein from 1994 to 2004.
Maxwell sought to have her conviction overturned, and in April U.S. Circuit Court Judge Alison Nathan partially granted that request. Nathan upheld three of the counts but dismissed two others on the basis that they were duplicative of another charge that was upheld.
While many of the high-profile people mentioned in testimony during the trial had ties to Epstein, none of them have been accused of any misconduct related to the ongoing case, according to CNN.
Our rating: False
We rate the claim that Maxwell was sentenced to 10 years in prison FALSE, based on our research. Maxwell has been convicted, but she won’t be sentenced until June 28. She faces up to 55 years in prison.
Our fact-check sources:
- Associated Press, Dec. 29, 2021, Ghislaine Maxwell, associate of Jeffrey Epstein, convicted in sex abuse case
- Department of Justice, July 2, 2020, Ghislaine Maxwell Charged In Manhattan Federal Court For Conspiring With Jeffrey Epstein To Sexually Abuse Minors
- Department of Justice, Dec. 29, 2021, Statement Of U.S. Attorney Damian Williams On The Verdict In U.S. V. Ghislaine Maxwell
- CNN, Dec. 30, 2021, Ghislaine Maxwell, found guilty of sex trafficking, could spend the rest of her life in prison
- Associated Press, Nov. 29, 2021, Ghislaine Maxwell: Jeffrey Epstein’s chief enabler or ‘scapegoat for a man who behaved badly’?
- Associated Press, Dec.1, 2021, First accuser takes stand at Ghislaine Maxwell trial, testifies Maxwell was often present during Epstein abuse
- ABC News, May 2, Judge declines Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to overturn conviction
- The Guardian, April 5, Ghislaine Maxwell siblings ‘profoundly shocked’ by judge’s rejection of retrial
- New York Times, Nov. 30, 2021, Who is Alison Nathan, the judge in the Ghislaine Maxwell case?
- Reuters, April 29, Maxwell loses bid to toss sex trafficking conviction, as sentencing looms
- CNN, Nov. 30, 2021, Jeffrey Epstein’s former pilot testifies Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew flew aboard Epstein’s private plane
- The New York Times, April 1, Juror’s Error Did Not Affect Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict, Judge Rules
- USA TODAY, Aug. 27, 2019, ‘Robbed of our day in court’: Accusers rip ‘coward’ Jeffrey Epstein in court hearing Tuesday
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