Prince Andrew’s accuser to speak at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentencing
Virginia Giuffre is one of six women who will speak at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentencing next week for recruiting Epstein victims, as Maxwell faces up to 55 years in prison
Prince Andrew’s sex accuser Virginia Giuffre will deal with Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentencing.
The 38-year-old is one of six women listed by US government prosecutors who have been told they have the right to testify about the impact in the New York court on Tuesday.
Alongside Ms Giuffre, “Jane, Annie, Kate, Carolyn and Melissa” were also listed as women who will be allowed to approach Judge Alison Nathan before she delivers the verdict.
In a filing filed today, US Attorney Damian Williams wrote to the courts arguing that all six had a right to a hearing.
“The Government is respectfully submitting this letter in response to the Court Order of 21 June 2022 directing the Government to confirm that victims are informed of the rights outlined in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) prior to the proposed sentencing will take place on June 28, 2022,” it said.
“In accordance with the CVRA, the Government has notified the six individuals found to have been directly and immediately harmed by the criminal conduct of the defendants, the right to a fair hearing in connection with the sentencing.
“Specifically, the Government has made such notice through counsel to the individuals identified at trial as Jane, Annie, Kate, Carolyn, Virginia and Melissa.”
Jane and Kate were both victims of Maxwell and provided evidence at their trial.
Carolyn used only her first name during the proceedings, but was later revealed to be Carolyn Andriano.
Annie Farmer testified under her own name.
Melissa is believed to be Melissa Solomon, who has previously spoken out about her claims against Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.
Victim testimony is witness testimony presented to the court detailing the impact of an offender’s actions.
While guidelines and reports are primarily used to determine the length of a sentence, a judge should also consider statements about the impact on the victim.
Maxwell faces up to 55 years in prison on Tuesday, but he has appealed to Judge Nathan for a little over three years behind bars.
The daughter of corrupt media tycoon Robert Maxwell was found guilty of recruiting and grooming young girls for sexual abuse at the hands of the American financier, who committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial.
If she received the maximum possible sentence, she would be 115 years old at the time of her release.
However, US sentencing guidelines say she is sentenced to a maximum of 30 years and five months, while the Probation Service recommends 20 years.
But Maxwell wants that reduced to “51 to 63 months.”
Ms Guiffre has repeatedly alleged in court that she was molested by Maxwell and Epstein.
She also claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew.
She sued the 62-year-old royal in New York, which resulted in a £12million out-of-court settlement.
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