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Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to serve at least 30 years in prison for her role in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, US prosecutors have said ahead of the sentencing hearing.

In new court filings, the British socialite’s conduct has been described as ‘surprisingly predatory’ – and her crimes have been described as ‘monstrous’.

Maxwell was sentenced in December of recruiting teenage girls for US financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004 – and a judge is due to sentence the 60-year-old next Tuesday.

Her lawyers have previously argued that she should not serve more than four or five years in prison and say she has faced onerous and punitive prison conditions since her arrest in July 2020.

Those representing Maxwell allege she received death threats while behind bars, with the harsh environment causing her to lose hair and weight.

But giving their recommendations to the judge, prosecutors said complaints about poor prison conditions were no reason for a lighter sentence – adding that she had ‘enjoyed remarkable privileges as a high-level inmate’ .

They wrote: “Going from waiting to incarceration is undoubtedly a shocking and unpleasant experience.”

Federal sentencing guidelines say Maxwell should serve between 30 and 55 years in prison.

Prosecutors wrote: “As part of a disturbing deal with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, cared for and abused multiple victims, while enjoying a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege.

“In his wake, Maxwell left his victims permanently scarred with emotional and psychological wounds. This damage can never be undone, but it can be factored into crafting a just sentence for Maxwell’s crimes. .”

The judge was also asked to consider her “complete lack of remorse”, and the document added: “Instead of showing even a hint of acceptance of responsibility, the defendant makes a desperate attempt to lay blame wherever she can.”

Maxwell’s lawyers argued she was the scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes, but that was dismissed as “absurd and offensive” by prosecutors.

Replying that she was an adult making her own choices, they wrote: “She made the choice to sexually exploit many underage girls. She made the choice to conspire with Epstein for years, working as partners in the crime and causing devastating harm to vulnerable victims.”

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