Ghislaine Maxwell loses bid to overturn sex trafficking conviction - but has maximum sentence cut by 10 years

Ghislaine Maxwell has lost a bid to overturn her sex trafficking conviction, paving the way for her to be sentenced to decades in prison.

Lawyers for the British socialite had asked a judge to reject the verdict on multiple grounds, including insufficient evidence.

Maxwell was convicted in December of recruiting teenage girls for US financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004.

In a written ruling, New York District Judge Alison Nathan said the jury's guilty verdicts were "readily supported" by extensive witness testimony and documentary evidence at the trial.