Why Don’t Celebrities Care About Ghislaine Maxwell’s Sexual Predator Friends?
On Tuesday, Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in helping powerful pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein abuse young girls, capping off a dramatic fall from grace for the British socialite.
According to the New York Post, US District Judge, Alison Nathan said the sentence of 240 months was “sufficient and not greater than necessary,” for Ghislaine, who earlier addressed the court and told her victims, “I am sorry for the pain that you experienced.” Perhaps she could have thought of that years earlier and not lured innocent young girls to a sex den with her sick on again, off again, lover.
During the trial, prosecutors detailed how she and Jeffrey, who dated in the 1990s, preyed on poor, vulnerable teens, luring them into their orbit with the promise of cash and adventure.
“Selecting these girls was predatory behavior. Maxwell and Epstein picked vulnerable girls,” Assistant US Attorney, Allison Moe said. She added that “maxwell was Jeffrey Epstein’s right hand.”
One of the victims who testified at trial, a woman who used the pseudonym Carolyn, told jurors she was sexually abused by Epstein more than 100 times beginning when she was 14 years old. She said she was introduced to the duo by Giuffre, and first met them at Epstein’s palatal Palm Beach, Florida, estate.
On the stand, Carolyn recalled the first time she visited the wealthy pervert’s mansion, telling the jury that Maxwell instructed Giuffre, “You can bring her upstairs and show her what to do.”
The teens then massaged Epstein as he lay nude, face down on a table before he turned over and had sex with Giuffre in front of Carolyn, she testified
Carolyn said she was paid $300 that day — and for every massage she gave Epstein after that.
“Something sexual happened every single time,” she told jurors.
Another victim who testified under the pseudonym Kate told jurors that Maxwell touted her relationships with rich and powerful men, who she met through Epstein and her late father, the corrupt publishing baron Robert Maxwell.
The Oxford-educated heiress “seemed to know everybody,” Kate told the jury.
“She was friends with Prince Andrew, friends with Donald Trump. Sometimes their names would just come up or she would be talking on the phone about them with me present,” Kate said.
These relationships, prosecutors charged, were the reason Maxwell and Epstein got away with their crimes for so long. Which begs the question, when will all the people seen in photographs and evidence showing they were on his plane, the Lolita Express, and at his sex party island, like Prince Andrew and former President, Bill Clinton, be called in for serious questioning and possibly be charged? When indeed. People talk a lot about white privilege but not so much about money and power privilege. These victims were poor girls. Apparently poor girls don’t always get their day in court.
The trial ended with the four accusers, now grown women, testifying against the predator and helping secure her conviction with a unanimous verdict on five of six counts, including the most serious, sex-trafficking, relating to the allegations of Carolyn.
“The defendant never thought that those teenage girls would have the strength to report what happened to them,” Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey told jurors at the close of the trial. “In her eyes, they were just trash.”
“But the defendant didn’t count on those teenage girls growing up into the women who testified at this trial,” Comey said, “women who would be willing to take that stand and tell the truth about what happened.”
Her attorneys requested that she serve out her time at the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, the low-security women’s lockup that served as the inspiration for Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black,” because of course she deserves leniency after hurting so many innocent children. Just ask some of her victims who were in the court:
“Maxwell had many opportunities to come clean, but instead continued to make choices that caused more harm,” Annie Farmer, who testified at trial, wrote in a statement filed ahead of the hearing.
Virginia Giuffre Roberts, who has long accused Maxwell and Epstein of trafficking her to Britain’s Prince Andrew, described Maxwell as “like a wolf in sheep’s clothing” in her letter to the court.
“Ghislaine, you deserve to spend the rest of your life in a jail cell,” she wrote. “You deserve to be trapped in a cage forever, just like you trapped your victims.”
Prosecutors had asked US District Judge Alison Nathan to slap Maxwell with between 30 to 55 years in prison, effectively a life sentence but apparently ruining the lives of so many girls did not mean her life should be ruined forever as well.
Her sentencing marked the end of the federal criminal proceedings against her in the Southern District of New York, where she was brought after her arrest at a sprawling New Hampshire estate where she was hiding with a wealthy new husband who apparently didn’t care she was a sex trafficker.
She could potentially get credit for the two years she’s already spent behind bars or have some of her time shaved off for good behavior. Good behavior after the fact should not be rewarded especially when she is appealing the verdict because despite her fake apology, she says she is not guilty, and she doesn’t really care what is best for the victims who will now have to appear again and go through all their emotions again during the appeal. Presumably at the end of that trial, they will once again hear a fake apology for Ghislaine.
We eagerly await Prince Andrew’s Trial, Bill Clinton’s trial and the trial of all the other men involved in participating in these crimes and observing them.
Sounds a bit like Harvey Weinstein’s free reign when people like Oprah and Meryl Streep suspected or even knew what he was doing and not only ignored it, but continued to socialize with him like celebrities did with Jeffrey Epstein and in some cases as with Oprah, they even introduced young girls to Harvey.
Oprah Winfrey recently broke down in tears while recalling the horrific experience of being repeatedly raped by her own adult cousin when she was just nine years old. The 67-year-old TV mogul opened up about the lasting trauma caused by the sexual assaults that she was subjected to until the age of 14 while speaking in her new mental health series, The Me You Can’t See, which she created in collaboration with Prince Harry.
During the first episode of the Apple TV+ show, she discussed her own childhood trauma, explaining that she didn’t even know what sex and rape were when her 19-year-old cousin began raping her as a child — but the experience taught her that young girls are never safe.
‘At nine and 10 and 11 and 12 years old, I was raped by my 19 year old cousin,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know what rape was. I certainly wasn’t aware of the word. I had no idea what sex was, I had no idea where babies came from, I didn’t even know what was happening to me. And I kept that secret.
‘And it’s just something I accepted. That a girl child ain’t safe in a world full of men,’ she said.
We are not making light of the despicable crimes against Oprah but it does not make sense that she would be such good friends with a man like Harvey Weinstein.
Lovely what powerful friends do for powerful friends. Isn’t it? Meryl Streep loves pedophiles. She is also a great defender of child rapist, director, Roman Polanski who was found guilty of raping a 13 year old.
On 1 February 1978, after 42 days in jail, Polanski fled the US while awaiting final sentencing, having pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. On these facts, everyone agrees. There are no conspiracy theories — we know exactly what happened because Polanski admitted to it and later wrote about it in astonishing detail in his autobiography, Roman by Polanski, published six years after he left the US and went to France, where he still lives. The generally agreed facts are as follows: in March 1977 Polanski, who was then 43, took a child, Samantha Gailey (now Geimer), who he knew was 13 years old, to Jack Nicholson’s house to take photos of her for a magazine. There, he gave her champagne and, according to her, quaaludes. He then had sex with her, drove her home and, the next day, was arrested.
He has been dodging being sent to jail, for over 40 years, yet dear, Meryl, thinks he should be allowed to return to the US with no fear of being imprisoned. She applauded, along with almost everyone else in attendance, and gave him a standing ovation at the Academy Awards ceremony of 2003, just after he was announced as the winner in the Best Director category for his film The Pianist.
Admitting to raping a child did not damage Polanski’s career. He went on to make over a dozen films and rack up over a dozen Oscar nominations, including the win for Best Director in 2003. Like Woody Allen, Polanski’s case shows just how little Hollywood cares about sexual assault allegations against their successful friends.
Furthermore, in September 2009, Polanski was arrested in Switzerland at the request of US authorities, and over 100 people in the film industry signed a petition calling for his release. (Polanski was jailed for two months and then put under house arrest; in July 2010, Swiss authorities rejected the US’s request for extradition and released Polanski from custody.) Those people included celebrities who have progressive views, and even some who speak out against sexism and sexual abuse in other situations. Who are these hypocrites, you ask?
Some of the names on the petition include Natalie Portman, Tilda Swinton, Isabelle Huppert, Penelope Cruz, Diane von Furstenberg, Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Martin Scorsese, Monica Bellucci, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Harmony Korine, Ethan Cohen, David Lynch, and Harrison Ford. (Also, Woody Allen, big surprise.)
Emma Thompson originally signed the petition, but later asked for her name to be removed after a conversation with a 19-year-old college student and activist, Caitlin Hayward-Tapp. If it wasn’t for that student…
The petition is no longer available online, but all these sources have partial lists: IndieWire, CNN, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Feminist Guide To Hollywood, The Wrap, the Independent, the Guardian.
Other celebrities did not sign the petition but spoke out in support of Polanski in other ways, including Meryl Streep and Whoopi Goldberg.
To recap, celebrities pretend they care about women’s rights and women’s health. They pretend they care about the Me Too Movement. “Pretend” being the key word. THEY are a part of the problem and in some cases accomplices or the predators. They are part of the reason Epstein and Maxwell were not reported. They are why Polanski is freely living in France after drugging, photographing and raping a 13 year old girl. If there is a Hell, Hopefully it has a “Washington, DC. a “Hollywood” and a “Buckingham Palace” just for the prince all together on a Hellish version of Epstein’s “Pedophile Island” for this exclusive protected class.
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