Prosecutor Ghislaine Maxwell seeks investigation into disclosure of juror’s sexual abuse

On December 29, 2021, the U.S. Marshals (not shown) prevented Ghislaine Maxwell from talking with her sister Isabel during the jury’s deliberations on Jeffrey Epstein’s assistant Maxwell.

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Federal prosecutors who won the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell for multiple sexual crimes related to underage girls asked the judge to investigate a juror on Wednesday. Revealed to reporters after the trialHe was sexually abused as a child.

The prosecutor quoted three interviews with jurors this week on Maxwell’s trial. Maxwell was a British socialite who was found guilty on December 29 on charges of subjecting minor victims to the late funding manager Jeffrey Epper. Stan’s sexual exploitation.

“In particular, jurors describe themselves as victims of sexual abuse,” the prosecutor wrote in a letter submitted to the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The 35-year-old juror also said that he discussed abuse during the jury deliberations when some of his jurors questioned the reliability of Maxwell’s accuser’s testimony, according to Reuters report, Daily and the Independent.

The prosecutor pointed out that there were reports citing jurors as saying that he “browsed” an expected jury questionnaire before being selected for the trial and did not remember someone asking him if he had been a victim of sexual abuse.

But in the interview, the Manhattan resident told reporters that if he was asked this question, he would answer honestly, the letter pointed out.

The questionnaire does ask whether prospective jurors have been sexually abused, or whether their family members have been victims of such abuse.

The letter did not disclose whether the jurors interviewed disclosed in his questionnaire that he was sexually abused, let alone whether Judge Nathan would ask the man whether it would affect his ability to be fair to Maxwell.

However, if the juror did not reveal that he was sexually abused when asked in the questionnaire, Maxwell could quote this fact in a motion to try to set aside the jury’s verdict.

“The government believes that the court should investigate,” the prosecutor wrote in the letter.

Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maxwell, 60, was sentenced on five counts and faces decades of imprisonment.

The prosecutor asked Nathan to arrange a hearing within a month and suggested asking the jurors if they need a lawyer appointed by the court to attend the hearing. The request means that if the juror fails to disclose his sexual abuse in the questionnaire, he may face legal risks.

Prosecutors stated that they contacted Maxwell’s defense team to discuss the comments of the jurors reported in the media, but had not yet received a response from her lawyer, and they did not know the defense’s position on this issue.

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This man was confirmed by his name and middle name in the interview, Scotty David, Told the Independent, he told the jury members During their deliberation of his abuse, to explain why some of Maxwell’s accusers might have mistaken certain details related to their own abuse.

“I know what happened when I was sexually abused. I remember the colors of the carpet and walls. Some of them can be replayed like a video,” he told the Independent.

“But I don’t remember all the details. Some things work together.”

The paper also reported that some jurors questioned why Maxwell’s accusers did not raise their charges earlier.

David told The Independent that he did not disclose his abuse “until I was in high school” and said that when he shared the story of that abuse, the jury was silent.

Epstein is 66 years old and was formally convicted of suicide by hanging himself in August 2019 while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges in Manhattan Federal Prison.

As a former friend of President Donald Trump and President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom, Epstein has been accused of abusing dozens of underage girls for many years.