The legal team for Ghislaine Maxwell formally requested a retrial on her sex crimes conviction Wednesday after it was revealed that a juror failed to disclose their childhood sexual abuse during jury selection.
Maxwell’s lawyers filed a motion just after she was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking and other crimes for grooming teenagers to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein.
The British socialite faces up to 65 years in prison.
Maxwell’s conviction was thrown into chaos last week after a juror revealed to several media outlets that he is a childhood sex abuse survivor.
The juror claimed he wasn’t asked about his sexual abuse history during the jury selection process. But prospective jurors were in fact asked multiple questions about their past experiences with sexual abuse and were warned their responses could be factored into determining their ability to be impartial.
The juror who spoke to Reuters, identified by his first and middle names, Scotty David, said he “flew through” the questionnaire, but was sure that he answered the question truthfully.
Maxell’s lawyers said earlier this month there were “incontrovertible grounds ” for a new trial.