Ghislaine Maxwell: A friend to British royalty

New York: A friend to British royalty who romanced billionaires and dazzled elites,

Ghislaine Maxwell was once the toast of the jet-set party circuit,

a knows-everybody socialite with an aura of mystique.

But now she will spend 20 years in prison.

A New York jury in December 2021 found the daughter of the late British

newspaper baron Robert Maxwell guilty of conspiring to run a sex crimes ring with

financier Jeffrey Epstein, whose shock death while awaiting trial on similar charges was ruled a suicide.

It was a tawdry fall for the fixture of society, who was arrested in July 2020 in a

tiny New Hampshire town after seemingly vanishing following the death of