A sentencing date has been set for late June, Friday, against British social candidate Ghislaine Maxwell after she was found guilty last month on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy in connection with the recruitment of girls for sexual assault by financier Jeffrey Epstein.
US District Judge Alison J. Nathan on the June 28 date even as she awaits resolution of defense allegations that a new trial should be ordered after a juror publicly admitted following the verdict on his childhood sexual abuse.
Ghislaine Maxwell may ask for a retrial after juror says he was sexually abused
The juror, whose identity has not been publicly released, told the media last week that he told other jurors during a week of deliberations that he had been sexually abused as a child and used what he learned about it to persuade others to convict Maxwell.
Defense lawyers say the revelations warrant a new trial. The juror hired a lawyer. Nathan said she will judge at a later date what happens as a result of the disclosure.
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Maxwell, 60, was convicted after a month-long trial in which prosecutors asserted that she had recruited and cared for teenage girls for Epstein sexual assault from 1994 to 2004. Maxwell once had an affair with Epstein, but later became his employer at the age of five. Residences, including a Manhattan mansion and a large estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Ghislaine Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison after being convicted of helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually assault girls.
Epstein, 66, committed suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued at the trial that federal prosecutors made her a scapegoat after his death.
Prosecutors say they will drop the perjury charges against Maxwell if she is sentenced on schedule.
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