Ghislaine Maxwell 'Could File For Mistrial' After Juror In New York Trial Reveals He Was Sexually Abused As A Child, Spills Legal Expert
Ghislaine Maxwell could possibly have another day in court.
A legal expert told The Telegraph the convicted socialite, 60, may have the ability to file for a mistrial after one of the jurors in her sex-trafficking trial revealed he was a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
Maxwell was found guilty last month on five out of six sex trafficking related charges, including: conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor.
She was found not guilty of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
The juror in question publicly revealed after the verdict that he was a survivor of sexual abuse and indicated his experience had played a part in his decision to convict Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend.
Former federal New York prosecutor Moira Penza told the outlet that if this fact was not fully disclosed during the pre-jury selection questionnaire, this "could definitely be an issue."
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“I certainly hope the juror disclosed this fully on his questionnaire," the legal mind reportedly shared. "A little strange the defense didn’t strike him."
“In the first instance it would likely form the basis for a motion to Judge (Alison) Nathan for a new trial," Penza added, per the outlet.
The juror — who publicly declared himself as Scotty David — reportedly explained to Lucia Osborne-Crowley of Law360 that his past traumatic experiences with sexual abuse made him believe Maxwell’s four victims.
"I know what happened when I was sexually abused," the juror stated, per the outlet. "I remember the color of the carpet, the walls. Some of it can be replayed like a video. But I can’t remember all the details, there are some things that run together."
“This verdict is for all the victims. For those who testified, for those who came forward and for those who haven’t come forward," David reportedly said of his vote during the trial. "I’m glad that Maxwell has been held accountable. This verdict shows that you can be found guilty no matter your status."