Maxwell defence calls for retrial after juror says he was a ‘victim of sexual abuse’


Prosecutors have urged a New York court to investigate a juror in the Ghislaine Maxwell case who has since told a newspaper he was a victim of sexual abuse.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has written to judge Alison Nathan, saying the “government believes the court should conduct an inquiry”.

The juror, using his first and middle names, Scotty David, gave interviews saying he “flew through” the prospective juror questionnaire and does not recall being asked whether he had been a victim of sexual abuse.

Had he been asked, he “would have answered honestly”, he added.

Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell sits as the guilty verdict in her sex abuse trial is read in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., December 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Maxwell depicted as the guilty verdict is read out

The US government said it had “reached out” to defence lawyers but not yet had a response.

The official letter notes that while jurors were “free to discuss their jury service with anyone of their choosing”, some of Scotty David’s statements “merit attention by the court”.

If continues: “The government proposes that the court schedule a hearing in approximately one month, along with an appropriate schedule for pre-hearing briefing regarding the applicable law and the scope of the hearing.”

More on Ghislaine Maxwell

Maxwell was found guilty last week of recruiting underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein.

The socialite faces up to 70 years in prison and is expected to appeal.

But she now faces two additional counts of perjury at a second trial that is yet to be scheduled.

Ghislaine Maxwell. Pic: US Department of Justice
Maxwell faces a second trial on two counts of perjury. Pic: US Department of Justice

Scotty David, who is 35 and lives in Manhattan, said the guilty verdict was “for all the victims”.

He added: “For those who testified, for those who came forward and for those who haven’t come forward. I’m glad that Maxwell has been held accountable.

“This verdict shows that you can be found guilty no matter your status.”

He also said he believed all four victims who testified during the three-week trial, despite Maxwell’s lawyers attempting to discredit their memory of what happened.

“They were all believable. Nothing they said felt to me like a lie,” he said.

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