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A victim of Ghislaine Maxwell might not testify if the disgraced socialist gets a second trial because she doesn’t think she can “go through that again.”
Lawyers for Maxwell, 60, launched an appeal for a new trial last week because a juror may not have disclosed that she was s*xually abused as a child before the trial.
Her attorneys said they filed a motion for a secret retrial, but referred to juror No. 50, known as Scotty David, who spoke about her traumatic past.
Maxwell, who was convicted last month of five counts of child s*x trafficking and faces up to 65 years in prison when she is sentenced in June, is currently in solitary confinement at New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center.
She is on suicide watch, she is only allowed paper clothes and no books.
However, if the motion for a new trial is granted, prosecutors would have to present a case without one of the four key witnesses, or find other alleged victims.
A representative for one of the women, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she didn’t think she could “go through that again”, The Telegraph reports.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted last month of five federal s*x trafficking-related charges for her role in facilitating the abuse of s*xual predator Jeffrey Epstein. She faces 65 years in prison
She added: ‘A lot of the trauma resurfaced for her and all these women.
She had a hard time doing it the first time, I think reliving it would be too much. The situation is very unfortunate.
Several women who testified at the New York trial did not come forward publicly until decades after the crimes, and three agreed to testify under pseudonyms to protect their identities.
Carolyn Andriano, 35, waived her anonymity in a post-trial interview.
She said that she “wanted people to know that these terrible things have happened to me and that I am a survivor.”
Her mother added that the case had taken a heavy toll on the mother of four, that she had been unable to care for her children.
A second victim, who testified under the name Jane, told the court that she delayed filing her claims for fear of repercussions on her acting career.
Prosecutors, who have requested that US District Judge Alison Nathan conduct an investigation into the jury’s statements, will have until February 2 to respond to Maxwell’s motion.
Legal experts say Maxwell would not be guaranteed a new trial even if the jury did not reveal his abuse in the questionnaire, noting that cases of jury dishonesty that led to overturned verdicts generally involved jurors who deliberately lied to be selected.
Brad Edwards, a lawyer who represented several of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, echoed the sentiment, saying: “Since the verdict, more people have come forward, willing to share their stories and testify, so I don’t think a new trial is necessary.” better for her.
According to former federal prosecutor David Weinstein, now a partner at the Miami-based law firm Jones Walker, all jurors can now be interviewed, specifically the two jurors who have shared their stories publicly.
He said the admissions would not necessarily be considered automatic grounds for a mistrial, but would, at a minimum, be “an arrow in the quiver” for Maxwell’s appeal.
Maxwell has a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 28.