Earlier this week, we reported that Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged former madam of the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was sentenced to twenty years in prison for sexual abuse charges.
Afterwards, Maxwell broke her silence to say that meeting Epstein is her “greatest regret.”
“It is the greatest regret of my life that I ever met Jeffrey Epstein,” Maxwell said, according to E! Online . “Jeffrey Epstein should have been here before all of you. Today is not for Jeffrey Epstein, it is for me to be sentenced.”
Maxwell, 60, went on to say that after having “plenty of time to think,” she feels that she does “empathize deeply with all the victims in this case.”
“It is hard for me to address the court after listening to the pain and anguish expressed in the statements made here today,” she said. “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 in its extent. I want to acknowledge their suffering and empathize. I empathize deeply with all of the victims in this case.”
“I am sorry for the pain that you experienced. I hope that my conviction, along with my harsh and unusual incarceration, brings you closure,” Maxwell added, according to Insider . “I hope that this brings the women who have suffered some measure of peace and finality to help you put the experiences of those many years ago in a place that allows you to look forward and not back.”
“It is my sincerest wish to all those in this courtroom that this day brings a terrible chapter to an end,” Maxwell concluded. “May this day help you travel from the darkness into the light.”
Maxwell’s lawyers are asking that she serve out her sentence at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison in Connecticut that served as the inspiration for the Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black.” Unfortunately for her, however, a woman who served time at that facility is saying that the inmates there are already ready and waiting for Maxwell.
“She will have a rough six to eight months,” Jacqueline Polverari, who spent less than a year in Danbury for mortgage fraud, told The New York Post .
“I’ve already gotten emails from women who wrote to say that they ‘hear Maxwell will be coming this way.’ They’re preparing for her arrival, already requesting that they don’t want her in their dorms,” she continued. “And the camp counselor won’t put Maxwell where she is not wanted, for fear that she may get hurt. Danbury will not be a picnic for Maxwell.”
Polverari went on to say that sex criminals are the lowest of the low in women’s prisons.
“Women are worse than men about [prisoners convicted of] sex crimes,” she explained. “You have mothers there. They see a white woman charged with a sex crime and they think any one of their children could have been her victim. She [Maxwell] would get a lot of flak. She would get the s–t beaten out of her a bunch of times.”
It remains to be seen where Maxwell will be serving out her sentence.