Ghislaine Maxwell: Sentencing Date Set By Judge Despite Juror’s Sex Abuse Revelations
Following doubt surrounding the jurors in Ghislaine Maxwell’s case, a date has been announced for sentencing.
Judge Alison Nathan has set the date for Maxwell’s sentencing as June 28, 2022.
The update comes after speculation surrounding three jurors gave Maxwell hope of a retrial.
Two jurors are said to have spoken about their own experience of sexual assault during jury deliberation. Maxwell’s lawyers said they feel ‘confident’ that a third juror lied on their jury application, casting further doubt surrounding the sentencing.
Discussing the case, a source told MailOnline:
[Maxwell’s legal team feel] confident a third juror lied on their jury application. There are also questions over a fourth juror, so this thing is up in the air.
One of the jurors in question, known by his first and middle name, Scotty David, allegedly ‘flew through’ his pre-trial questionnaire and shared his own experiences with his fellow jurors.
He told The Independent: ‘I know what happened when I was sexually abused. I remember the colour of the carpet, the walls. Some of it can be replayed like a video.’
He then added that:
When I shared that, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse.
The juror said he could not remember the precise details of the pre-trial questionnaire, which asked potential jurors if they were a victim of sexual abuse or a relative or a friend of a victim, though he said he felt he answered all the questions honestly.
David has reportedly had to hire lawyers and could face jail time if it is found that he lied on his pre-trial questionnaire.
Maxwell’s lawyers had requested a retrial before the sentencing date was announced. Maxwell was convicted on December 29 on five of the six counts for sex trafficking minors.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 between 12pm–2.30pm and 7pm– 9.30pm every day. Alternatively, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas
Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on their website or on their free helpline 0808 800 5005, open 9am–5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 8am–8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am–2pm Saturdays
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