A jury in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has called Jeffrey Epstein’s accomplice a “predator” and described his own ordeal with sexual abuse.
This has led to the argument that the 60-year-old British socialite could now file a claim for breach after Scotty David said he helped the other members of the jury see things from a victim’s point of view.
In a speech to the Independent, Scotty, who asked to be identified only by his first and middle name, said he was proud to be a part of holding Maxwell responsible for her crimes and said: “This sentence is for all the victims.
“For those who testified, for those who came forward and for those who did not come forward. I’m glad Maxwell has been held accountable.
“This verdict shows that you can be found guilty regardless of your status.”
Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of recruiting underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein
He also said he believed all four victims who testified during the three-week trial, despite Maxwell’s lawyers trying to discredit their recollection of what happened.
“They were all credible. Nothing they said felt to me like a lie,” he said.
The jury doubted the charges
Scotty said some of the jurors initially doubted the accounts of two of her prosecutors, known as Jane and Carolyn, and had problems with the credibility of their testimony.
He said their doubts about the women’s stories made him share his own experience of having been sexually abused as a child.
He explained to the jury that it was normal to remember small details of traumatic memories incorrectly, which does not mean that the memory itself did not arise.
“When I shared it, they were able to get around, they were able to get around the memory aspect of the sexual abuse,” the 35-year-old Manhattan resident told Reuters.
He added that reaching a unanimous verdict “was not easy, to be honest.”
“I know what happened when I was sexually abused.
“I remember the color of the carpet, the walls. Some of it can be played back as a video,” he said, adding that he explained this to the jury.
“But I do not remember all the details, there are some things that are connected.”
Asked why the victims of Epstein and Maxwell did not appear earlier, he revealed that he, too, had held back and not revealed his abuse before high school.
He said his own experience of sexual abuse helped the jury understand that it is possible that the four women told the truth.
Legal experts have argued that Maxwell’s lawyers could have reason to demand a lawsuit if Scotty failed to disclose his past experience before the jury’s deliberations.
However, each jury member took a 50-question questionnaire prior to the selection, asking if they were a victim of sexual abuse or a relative or friend of a victim.
‘She is as guilty as Epstein’
Scotty said he entered the trial with the firm belief that Maxwell was “innocent until proven guilty”.
But in another interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “After everything I’ve learned, she’s just as guilty as Epstein. I do not want to call her a monster, but a predator is the right word.
“She knew what was happening. She knew what Epstein was doing and she let it happen. She was involved in getting these girls comfortable so he could have his will with them.
“And to me, those who return repeatedly for the money have nothing to do with anything because these girls were minors, and it doesn’t matter what motivated them. It matters what happened to them.”
Scotty said he sat in the third row of the jury box during the trial, in the back corner, and had a “perfect view” of Maxwell.
“I could literally see her [all the time]”, he said.” There were times when it felt like she was staring directly at me and we closed our eyes … it did not feel right.
‘Some people would nod away’
“She constantly took notes and constantly sent post-it notes to her lawyers, especially when they were cross-examined.”
He added: “I felt she was watching what we were doing because there were times when some jurors, not when the victims presented their testimony, but when certain other people presented things that they might not feel meant anything … some people would nod away. “
Scotty also revealed that jurors discussed Maxwell’s behavior in court during the hearings.
“We discussed that we thought she was a little weak-minded and not necessarily cold, more as if she were attentive.”
He also said that if Maxwell had taken a stand that she wanted, but was advised against, “it might have shown that she was a little more human”.
“Maybe if she gave her version of the story, who knows, maybe if she gave us a story about how she was manipulated … I do not know. But then it would have been an admission I feel guilty about.”
Maxwell was accused of recruiting and caring for four teenagers so that Epstein could be sexually abused between 1994 and 2004 on his various properties.
She was convicted of five of the six counts she was charged with, and risks the rest of her life in prison.