Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team have filed for a retrial after suggestions a juror may not have disclosed his past experiences of sexual abuse.
The British socialite was convicted of grooming girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse but the bombshell verdict was quickly thrown into chaos.
Juror Scotty David told news outlets he had shared his own experiences as an abuse survivor during deliberations.
A jury questionnaire asked candidates during selection to reveal whether they had been sexual assault victims previously, raising the prospect David’s history had not been disclosed.
A retrial would mean victims giving evidence again, which prosecutors previously said would be traumatic.
It comes as David recently told U.K. documentary Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile the court process took its toll on the jury too.
He told ITV: “It was emotional. There were tears. Because this is somebody’s life on the line.
“And the prosecution had to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Ghislaine Maxwell was guilty of these crimes. And we all felt comfortable but the emotional toll that it took on all of us after spending a week combing through all of the evidence all the testimony again was, it was brutal.
“I was looking at her the entire time because I felt like I wanted to see what her reaction would be.
“She looked forward and wasn’t really looking around and there was no emotion. It was just like she was a stone.”
During the trial, victims described how Maxwell played a key role in Epstein’s abuse of them, normalising his behavior.
Ian Maxwell, the socialite’s brother, broke down as he told the ITV documentary: “I’m just damn angry. And I don’t see how anyone, anyone looking at this cannot feel that way.
“It’s just wrong. I have devoted a lot of my time as have my brothers and sisters to help Ghislaine.
“We believe her. We love her and we hope that she will get the justice that shedefinitely deserves.”
A letter from Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim read: “Today, counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell filed her Motion for a New Trial and accompanying exhibits under seal.
“For the reasons set forth in the Motion, we request that all submissions pertaining to Juror No. 50 remain under seal until the Court rules on the Motion.”
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