Ghislaine Maxwell Appeals Against Child Sex Trafficking Conviction, 20-Year Sentence

Ghislaine Maxwell has formally appealed against her conviction and sentencing for child sex-trafficking offenses.

Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim filed the appeal against the conviction and 20-year prison sentence with the U.S. federal court in Manhattan on July 7.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan handed down the prison sentence, as well as a fine of $750,000, to the British former socialite on June 28.

A federal jury convicted Maxwell in December of recruiting and trafficking four teenage girls for abuse by late sex offender and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was her boyfriend at the time, between 1994 and 2004.

Nathan described Maxwell’s actions as “heinous and predatory” during the sentencing.

The appeal will likely last several months.

It remains unclear what grounds Maxwell plans to appeal as lawyers are not required to provide a reason in the legal filing, BBC News reported.

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