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The Project host Georgie Tunny hails Ghislaine Maxwell sentence

Georgie Tunny has praised Ghislaine Maxwell’s 20-year jail sentence as a ‘win for women and the MeToo movement’ – but blasted the US Supreme Court for overturning women’s rights to an abortion. 

Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking young girls on behalf of  billionaire Jeffrey Epstein who died in jail in 2019.

The Project host spoke to Lisa Bloom, who represents several Epstein victims, outlining her thoughts on the high-profile American case and asking the lawyer about social divisions sparking anger in the US.

‘This 20-year jail term for Ghislaine Maxwell is really a win for women and for the Me Too movement as a whole,’ she said. 

‘But it is arriving under the cloud of Roe v Wade’s dismantling by the Supreme Court over there in the States. What was your reaction to it being overruled?’

Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison after telling the court that meeting Jeffrey Epstein was the ‘biggest regret of my life’

Ms Bloom replied: ‘Well, it’s just heartbreaking.

‘My mother, my daughter who’s also an attorney and I were really devastated as are, tens of millions of American women that we have gone backwards, that we have lurched backwards, that teenage girls and poor women will be forced to carry pregnancies to term that they don’t want.

‘It’s just shocking, but there’s nothing to do but fight on state by state and that’s what we’re going to do.’

Judge Alison Nathan handed down the lengthy sentence to Maxwell which will be followed by five years supervised release after calling Maxwell’s crimes ‘heinous and prefatory.’ 

The judge also imposed a fine of $750,000, noting Maxwell had received a $10million bequest from Epstein after his death.

‘Ms. Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable and played a pivotal role in facilitating sexual abuse,’ Judge Nathan said, making it clear the case called for a ‘very significant sentence’ that sent an ‘unmistakable message’ that such crimes would be punished. 

There is no parole for federal prison, so Maxwell is likely to serve the entire 20-year sentence, but could potentially be released a few years early for good behavior. 

The Project host spoke to Lisa Bloom, who represents several Epstein victims, outlining her thoughts on the high-profile case and asking the lawyer about social divisions sparking anger in the US

The Project host spoke to Lisa Bloom, who represents several Epstein victims, outlining her thoughts on the high-profile case and asking the lawyer about social divisions sparking anger in the US

Ghislaine Maxwell delivers her first public statement while addressing Judge Alison Nathan during her sentencing in a courtroom sketch

Ghislaine Maxwell delivers her first public statement while addressing Judge Alison Nathan during her sentencing in a courtroom sketch 

Prosecutors asked Judge Alison Nathan to impose a sentence of at least 30 years because of Maxwell's 'utter lack of remorse,' while Maxwell claimed she should serve just four years as she is not a danger to the public

Prosecutors asked Judge Alison Nathan to impose a sentence of at least 30 years because of Maxwell’s ‘utter lack of remorse,’ while Maxwell claimed she should serve just four years as she is not a danger to the public

The sentencing marks the end of a decades-long fight for justice by victims of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. In court Tuesday Maxwell said that Epstein 'fooled all of those in his orbit'

The sentencing marks the end of a decades-long fight for justice by victims of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. In court Tuesday Maxwell said that Epstein ‘fooled all of those in his orbit’

Maxwell’s attorneys argued against the hefty fine, claiming she ‘has received nothing’ from the bequest in Epstein’s will, but the judge remained firm on the decision, adding that ‘there are additional assets.’ 

Lawyers also requested she serve her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. The low-security federal prison was the inspiration for the fictional prison in the Netflix show ‘Orange Is The New Black.’

After the sentencing, Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim said outside the courthouse: ‘Our client Ghislaine Maxwell has been vilified, pilloried and left little room for her to be treated fairly. Because even before she stropped forward into this courthouse, she was being tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. 

‘Ghislaine will appeal this case and we’re confident she will prevail on appeal.’

Maxwell’s brother, Kevin, briefly spoke following the sentencing and said they would be ‘solidly’ behind her during her appeal.

Women are seen protesting on Sunday in Washington DC after the Supreme Court overturned the decades' old decision which protected the right to an abortion

Women are seen protesting on Sunday in Washington DC after the Supreme Court overturned the decades’ old decision which protected the right to an abortion

Meanwhile, on Friday morning the Supreme Court overruled the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by upholding Mississippi’s restrictive 15-week abortion ban. 

‘The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,’ the decision said.

President Joe Biden addressed the nation from the White House’s Cross Hall calling it ‘a very solemn moment’ and a ‘sad day for the court and the country.’

‘Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a Constitutional right from the American people, that it had already recognized. They didn’t limit it, they simply took it away. That’s never been done to a right so important to so many Americans,’ Biden said. ‘But they did it.’

‘Now with Roe gone, let’s be very clear, the health and life of women in this nation are now at risk,’ the president said.

A protester in New York City holds a sign saying 'No sex with men until Roe v Wade is protected'

A protester in New York City holds a sign saying ‘No sex with men until Roe v Wade is protected’

Biden pointed out how Republican-appointed justices, including by President Richard Nixon, decided Roe and upheld abortion rights in subsequent cases over the years.

‘It was three justices named by one president – Donald Trump – who were at the core of today’s decision to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country,’ Biden said.

Biden said the laws going into effect in the states are ‘so extreme’ that a woman could be forced to bear their rapist’s child or the child that is the ‘consequence of incest.’

‘The court literally taking America back 150 years,’ Biden said, pointing out some of the statutes from the 1800s that were referenced in the Dobbs decision.

‘It just stuns me,’ he said.

One demonstration saw dozens lying down in front of the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta

One demonstration saw dozens lying down in front of the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta 

GHISLAINE’S STATEMENT AT SENTENCING HEARING IN FULL

Your honor, it is hard for me to address the court after listening to the pain and anguish expressed today.

The terrible impact on the lives of so many women is difficult to hear and even more difficult to absorb, both in its scale and extent. 

I acknowledge their suffering and empathize deeply with all of the victims in this case.

I also acknowledge with that I have been a victim of helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes.

I realize I have been convicted of assisting Jeffrey Epstein to commit these crimes. My association with Epstein will permanently stain me. 

It is the biggest regret of my life that I ever met him.

I believe Jeffrey Epstein fooled all of those in his orbit. His victims considered him a mentor, friend, lover. 

It is absolutely unfathomable today to think that was how he was viewed contemporaneously. 

His impact on all those close to him has been devastating. And today, those who even knew him briefly or never met him but were associated with someone who did, have lost relationships, jobs, and had their lives derailed.

Jeffrey Epstein should have stood before you. In 2005. In 2009. And again in 2019. All the many times he was accused, charged, prosecuted. 

He should have spared victims the years of chasing justice. 

But today is ultimately not about Epstein. It is for me to be sentenced and for the victims to address me alone in court.

To you I say: I am sorry for the pain you experienced. 

I hope my conviction along with my harsh incarceration brings you closure.  

I hope this brings the women who have suffered some measure of peace and faintly to help you put those experiences of so many years ago in a place that allows you to look forward and not back.  

I also acknowledge the pain this case has wrought to those I love, the many I held and still hold close, the relationships I have lost and will never be able to regain. 

It is my sincerest wish to all those in this courtroom and all those outside this courtroom that today brings a terrible chapter to an end.

And to those of you who spoke here today and those who did not, may this day help you travel through darkness into the light. 


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