The lawyers of Ghislaine Maxwell have claimed that a third juror in her trial lied about being abused.
The news comes as Ghislaine Maxwell became hopeful of a retrial after it was alleged two jurors’ experience of sexual abuse may have been used to sway other jurors.
Now, it has been reported that Maxwell’s team feel “confident” that a third juror lied on their jury application.
A source in the Daily Mail said: “[Maxwell’s legal team feel] confident a third juror lied on their jury application. There are also questions over a fourth juror, so this thing is up in the air.”
It was earlier reported that the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell could be in jeopardy after juror Scotty David admitted he “flew through” a pre-trial questionnaire and shared his experience of abuse.
“I know what happened when I was sexually abused. I remember the colour of the carpet, the walls. Some of it can be replayed like a video”, he said he told the jury.
David reportedly did not recall being asked on the form about his experience of sexual abuse. He also claimed that his experience influenced jurors.
He said, “When I shared that, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse”. The juror has since hired a lawyer and could face jail time if it is found he lied on his questionnaire.
A second unidentified juror told The New York Times they had also been abused as a child and had discussed the experience during deliberations.
Maxwell’s lawyers have since demanded a retrial. The former socialite was convicted on December 29 on five of the six counts for the sex trafficking of minors.
Sources: Unilad, The Times UK
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