Ghislaine Maxwell juror says his own sexual assault story helped convince jury of her guilt - NBC news

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday requested a listening to with a juror from the Ghislaine Maxwell trial who claims his very own story of being sexually abused helped persuade the jury to convict Jeffrey Epstein's confidant — however said he doesn't keep in mind being asked about his personal journey before he turned into picked to serve on the panel.

Scotty David, 35, a long island resident who became recognized in interviews with Reuters and a British newspaper best by way of his first and center names, talked about he "flew through" the initial questionnaire and would have answered honestly about his personal history of being sexually abused had he been asked throughout follow-up questioning, referred to as voir dire.

a copy of the juror questionnaire made public in the case mainly asks, "have you or a chum or loved one ever been the victim of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, or sexual assault?"

David noted he instructed his fellow jurors about his event after some voiced doubt concerning the credibility of Jane and Carolyn — both pseudonyms — who are two of the four girls who testified that Maxwell groomed them for sex with Epstein when they were simply teens.

"when I shared that, they were capable of sort of come round on, they had been able to come round on the memory factor of the sexual abuse," he stated within the interviews with Reuters and The independent.

The govt has asked for a listening to on David's revelation in a few month, with a briefing on it, for an inquiry to be conducted by way of U.S. District decide Alison Nathan for the Southern District of big apple, the place Maxwell's infant sex trafficking trial turned into held.

Maxwell's defense attorneys referred to Wednesday the disclosures in published interviews via one of the crucial jurors in her case "items incontrovertible grounds for a new trial."

whereas David's revelation may give Maxwell's team ammunition to request a mistrial, it's nevertheless a protracted shot, NBC news criminal professional Danny Cevallos talked about.

"A defendant who asks for a new trial in keeping with allegations of juror misconduct faces a extremely high hurdle," he talked about. "Even where a juror intentionally not noted or misstated statistics during voir dire, a brand new trial are not granted until the juror's nondisclosure hid some bias or partiality that could have sustained a for-cause challenge."

NBC news has reached out to David, however has not heard lower back from him.

Maxwell, 60, changed into convicted last week of five federal sex trafficking expenses. Her attorneys say she became unfairly prosecuted since the government can now not go after Epstein, who hanged himself in a big apple penitentiary mobile two years in the past whereas expecting his own intercourse trafficking trial.

previous this week, Nathan gave Maxwell's defense attorneys and the prosecutors a cut-off date of Jan. 10 to put up sentencing proposals and recommendations.

additionally, a trial date has not yet been set for the two perjury counts that had been now not part of  Maxwell's sex trafficking trial. They had been a part of the normal indictment when she became arrested in July 2020.

but her legal professionals have requested that each one different briefings for post-trial motions be postponed pending an inquiry into the juror's statements.  

all over the trial, the accuser recognized as Jane testified that she changed into constantly abused with the aid of Epstein and took half in orgies that protected each Maxwell and Epstein on the financier's sprawling homes in Palm seaside, Florida, and new york metropolis and on his New Mexico ranch.

Jane also instructed the court docket Epstein took her to satisfy Donald Trump when she became just 14, but she did not allege any incorrect habits through the long run president.

Carolyn informed the courtroom Maxwell in my opinion inspected her body to look if she changed into relevant for sex with Epstein and his effective buddies.

"She came in and felt my boobs and my hips and my buttocks and referred to I had a very good body for Mr. Epstein and his friends," she testified.

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