Prosecutors alert Maxwell judge of juror's sex abuse claims

“The government respectfully declares that all jury inquiries should only be conducted under the supervision of the court,” the prosecutors wrote.

If the judge decides to hold a hearing, her staff should “immediately contact the jury to notify him” and inquire about whether he would like a lawyer to be appointed, prosecutors said.

Quoting from the press, prosecutors said the jury alleged that he had “flown through” the prospect jury questionnaire and did not remember being asked if he was a victim of sexual abuse.

Defense attorneys did not comment immediately. Prosecutors said in their letter that they contacted the defense attorney on Tuesday evening but had not responded and that the prosecutors “do not know the position of the defense on the matter”.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted of sex trafficking and conspiracy last week after a four-week trial.

The jury found that between 1994 and 2004 she conspired with financier Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and care for teenage girls who were supposed to be sexually abused by Epstein.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in a federal prison cell in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial against sex trafficking.

After Maxwell was convicted, no date was set for the conviction and she is still on trial for perjury.

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