Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys have requested that her sex trafficking conviction be overturned and the case be retried, due to a juror’s possible failure to disclose that he was sexually abused as a child before the trial.
In a court filing late on Friday, Maxwell’s attorneys said that they had filed a motion for retrial under seal, but referenced Juror No. 50, Scotty David, who opened up about his traumatic past in an interview with DailyMail.com following the trial.
‘For the reasons set forth in the Motion, we request that all submissions pertaining to Juror No. 50 remain under seal until the Court rules on the Motion,’ attorney Bobbi C. Sternheim wrote in a letter to Judge Alison Nathan.
Maxwell is hoping for a retrial in her sex trafficking case after David revealed he told the jury about his own abuse as a child during deliberations, potentially affecting the verdict.
He first told DailyMail.com that he had not revealed his history during jury selection because it had not been asked on the questionnaire.
When it was pointed out that question 48 of the 50 asked exactly that, he then claimed that he did not remember it, but had answered all questions ‘honestly.’
Maxwell, 60, was convicted on five federal charges related to sex trafficking last month for her role facilitating sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse, and faces up to 65 years in prison.