A jury’s comprehensive interview about the conviction Ghislaine Maxwell of the sex trade could again confuse the verdict.
Known as “Juror 50”, ScottyDavid Maxwell was the first to give a possible post-trial request, granting interviews for three major news outlets—first, The Independentthen The Daily Mail and Reuters. In all of the interviews, David told reporters that he was a childhood sexual assault survivor and that this experience influenced his and the other jurors’ deliberations. These revelations reinforced Maxwell’s case for a new trial, since David wrote in his questionnaire that neither he nor his family members were victims of sexual abuse.
US District Judge Alison Nathan, who has since been promoted from the Senate to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, asked David to testify about the discrepancy for an inquest. David, who was granted immunity from prosecution to testify openly, insisted he had made an innocent.error.”
Maxwell’s attorney on Friday Bobby Sternheim drew the court’s attention to a new, soon-to-be-aired “lengthy interview” with David.
“We are writing to alert the court to new information regarding juror 50 that may impact Ghislaine Maxwell’s pending motion for a new trial. Paramount Plus will air an additional interview with Juror 50 in an original series entitled Ghislaine: Partners in Crime,” Sternheim wrote.bombastic revelation‘ by Juror 50 in his ‘only in-depth interview’.”
Sternheim asked the judge not to rule on Maxwell’s pending motion for a new trial until it aired.
“We were not able to access the series to verify the content of the 50 juror statements, nor did we learn if the interview was taped prior to his testimony at the March 8 hearing,” Sternheim said. “The series was scheduled to air on March 29, but we have learned that Paramount is deferring airing of the series pending the court’s ruling on Juror 50. We are bringing this previously unpublished interview to the attention of the court and requesting a stay of all judgments pending review of the interview by the court and counsel.”
The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment.
The jury’s questionnaire, which David answered incorrectly, read, “Have you or a friend or family member ever been a victim of sexual harassment, abuse, or assault?” could include attempted sexual assault or an unwelcome approach by a stranger, acquaintance, boss, teacher or family member. David ticked the box “No”.
“That was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made in my life and if I could go back and change everything and slow down and actually take the time to read this properly, I would do it immediately,” David said in early March and testified that he “fly through” the questionnaire and was “super distracted” in a noisy jury room.
David’s lawyer Todd Spodek did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s email asking for comment.
Minutes after Maxwell’s letter was released, the case was assigned to a new judge. US District Judge Vernon Brodericka Barack Obama Appointment, will replace Second Circuit-bound Nathan while new trial motion is pending.
Read the letter below:
(Photo by Maxwell and Epstein via DOJ; Screenshot by David via Daily Mail)
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