Ghislaine Maxwell deserves to get a new trial after a jury told the media that he had been a victim of sexual abuse, according to her lawyers.
- The juror says he also did not remember being asked about his experiences of sexual abuse prior to the trial.
- Prosecutors say the jury’s statements to the media “deserve attention” from the court
- Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison
Maxwell was convicted last week of aiding and abetting Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of underage girls, and in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan – who presided over her trial – attorney Christian Everdell said there were “indisputable reasons” for his client to have a new trial, to serve the interests of justice.
Everdell called the case “a matter of urgency” because revelations from the juries, which asked to be identified only by his first and middle name, Scotty David, “influenced the deliberations and convinced other members of the jury to judge Ms Maxwell”.
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams’ office, which charged Maxwell, declined to comment.
Everdell filed the letter shortly after prosecutors – who won the British Socialite’s verdict for recruiting underage girls to Epstein for sexual abuse – asked the judge to launch an inquiry into the juries’ statements.
Scotty David told Reuters he “flew through” the jury questionnaire used before the trial to determine if potential jurors could judge Maxwell fairly.
He said he also did not remember being asked about his experiences of sexual abuse and that he would have answered honestly.
Prosecutors said the jury’s statements to the media “deserve attention” from the court and asked that a hearing be scheduled about a month from now.
They also said court staff should ask the juries if he wants a lawyer.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted on Dec. 29 of sex trafficking and other charges of recruiting and caring for underage girls that Epstein could abuse between 1994 and 2004.
She risks up to 65 years in prison and was expected to appeal her sentence, which followed a month-long trial.
Epstein, a financier and convicted sex offender, died in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail while awaiting his own lawsuit on sex trafficking.