A second juror in the trial of British celebrity Ghislaine Maxwell has reportedly admitted to having been sexually abused as a child.
the New York Times said it interviewed the juror who asked for anonymity and said they discussed the experience during deliberations and believed the reveal helped shape the judges’ discussions.
It comes after another juror who told reporters he was sexually abused as a child hired a lawyer.
The unidentified juror’s public interviews resulted in defense attorneys saying they will move to a new trial in the case.
US District Judge Alison J. Nathan told her to do so by January 19th.
In a ruling Thursday, Judge Nathan said the juror’s attorney, Todd Spodek, informed her that the jury did not want the court to appoint an attorney for him, as she had offered.
Mr. Spodek did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The jury’s revelations in interviews published Tuesday and Wednesday by The Independent and the Daily Mail threatened to upset the convictions passed against Maxwell last week on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy, among other things.
In the interviews, the juror said he had shared with other jurors during weeks of deliberations that he was sexually abused as a child and he said the information helped convince some jurors that a victim’s imperfect memory of sexual abuse was not means this does not happen.
Memories and their relationship with victims of sexual abuse were a contentious point among attorneys during the trial as each side called in a memory expert to testify.
During the deliberations, the jury requested transcripts of the witness testimony from the defense’s memory expert, who said memories can be corroded over time by external influences and general decay.
In the end, the jury unanimously concluded that Maxwell, 60, recruited teenage girls between 1994 and 2004 to sexually abuse financier Jeffrey Epstein.
No sentencing date has been set.
Epstein, 66, committed suicide in a Manhattan federal prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
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