Ghislaine Maxwell retrial calls grow as second member of jury says they were abused

Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty in sex trafficking trial

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The revelation has led to Ms Maxwell’s attorneys requesting a fresh trial for the British socialite. She was convicted last week of five counts relating to the trafficking and grooming of young girls on behalf of her partner, the late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The juror told reporters of his experience of sexual abuse earlier this week.

He has enlisted legal representation from an attorney based in New York.

District judge Alison Nathan said on Thursday that the unnamed juror’s retained lawyer, Todd Spodek, told her the juror did not want a court-appointed attorney.

Judge Nathan requested the defence lodge a retrial request by January 19.

The juror told The Independent he understood how sexual abuse can see survivors misremember small details but maintain the core memory of what happened with clarity.

He said: “I know what happened when I was sexually abused.

“I remember the colour of the carpet, the walls. Some of it can be replayed like a video.”

He added: “But I can’t remember all the details, there are some things that run together.”

He continued on to say the fact the girls subject to abuse failed to come forward earlier did not have bearing on the truth of their statements.

He said: “I didn’t disclose my abuse until I was in high school.”

He continued: “We cannot judge what they did or didn’t do afterward.

“It doesn’t change that it happened.”

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He told Reuters in a separate interview that he “flew through” the juror questionnaire used before trial – and did not recall being asked about his experiences with sexual abuse.

He said he would have answered honestly.

Recollections and memories were a prominent feature of the trial, with both the prosecution and defence calling their own experts to testify.

This comes as a second member of the jury spoke to The New York Times to say they had also suffered sexual abuse in their childhood.

The NY Times report suggests the second juror suggests it shaped discussion with the jury.

The first juror told MailOnline that he did not remember in depth the selection questions each possible juror was asked, but that he believed he had answered honestly to each prompt.

Judge Nathan has agreed to hear the defence’s case for a retrial, and prosecutors asked her to “conduct an inquiry” into the comments made by Scotty David.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorney, Christian Everdell, argued the comments were “incontrovertible grounds for a new trial”.

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