Ghislaine Maxwell is due to be convicted on June 28 conviction for sex trafficking charges last month.
The former British socialite, 60, was found guilty in five out of six cases of sex trafficking in relation to the care of teenagers who were sexually abused by the American millionaire and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Her sentencing date has been set her lawyers continue to fight for her verdict to be overturned after it emerged that a member of the jury was discussing their experiences of sexual abuse with other jurors.
Maxwell’s defense team, which had requested that her verdict be delayed, argues that the revelations should allow for a new trial.
Scotty David, who has only been identified by his first and middle name, told Reuters when he shared with jurors that he could only remember important parts of his experience, “they were able to get around the memory aspect of the sexual abuse. “.
Another juror has also revealed to the media that they are a survivor of child sexual abuse and revealed this to other jurors during the discussions.
The juror, who asked to remain anonymous, told The New York Times that the revelation had been shown to help shape the jury’s discussions.
Jury members are asked to reveal experiences or connections that may influence their decision-making during the jury selection process.
Prior to Maxwell’s trial, potential jurors were given a confidential questionnaire asking if they or any family members or friends had been at the receiving end of sexual abuse or harassment.
Scotty David said he “flew through” the questionnaire and did not remember being asked about his experiences via the form or in follow-up questions.
Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted in late June.