Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers believe they have found a third juror in her sex trafficking trial who lied about being abused, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The socialite was last week given hope of a retrial when two jurors admitted using their experiences of sexual abuse to sway the jury.
A source said 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.’
The news comes as Carolyn Andriano, who gave evidence at Maxwell’s trial, claimed in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail that her then friend, Virginia Roberts, and fellow sex slave of Jeffrey Epstein, had told her she slept with Prince Andrew in London, and had shown her the infamous photo of her with the prince.
Maxwell’s conviction is in jeopardy after Juror No 50 Scotty David admitted he ‘flew through’ a pre-trial questionnaire and did not recall being asked on the form about his experience of sexual abuse.
David claimed he used his experience to influence other jurors, saying: ‘When I shared that, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse.’
The 35-year-old, who has hired a lawyer, could face jail if it is found he intentionally lied on the questionnaire.
A second, unidentified, juror told The New York Times that they, too, had been abused as a child.
‘They said they had discussed the experience during deliberations and that the revelation had appeared to help shape the jury’s discussions,’ the paper reported.
Lawyers for Maxwell, 60, have demanded an immediate retrial.
This is an excerpt from Daily Mail.
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