A late June sentencing date was set for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on Friday following her conviction last month on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to recruit teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse.
U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan announced the June 28 date even as she waits to resolve defense allegations that a new trial should be ordered after a juror’s public confession following the verdict regarding his childhood sexual abuse.
Ghislaine Maxwell may seek new trial after juror says he was sexually abused
The juror, who has never been fully publicly identified, told media last week that he had told other jurors during a week of deliberations that he had been sexually abused as a child and that he had used what he had learned on the subject to persuade others to convict Maxwell.
Defense attorneys say the revelations warrant a new trial. The juror retained the services of a lawyer. And Nathan said she will decide at a later date what happens as a result of the revelations.
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Maxwell, 60, was sentenced after a month-long trial in which prosecutors argued she recruited and groomed teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004. Maxwell once had a romantic relationship with Epstein, but later became his employee when he was 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 found guilty of helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls
Epstein, 66, killed himself in a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s attorneys argued at trial that she was scapegoated by federal prosecutors after her death.
Prosecutors say they will drop the perjury charges against Maxwell if she is convicted on time.
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