A U.S. judge on Friday dismissed a motion by Ghislaine Maxwell to overturn her December 2021 sex trafficking conviction for her role in helping the late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted Dec. 29 of federal sex trafficking charges.
Yet immediately after the trial, one of the jurors, Scotty David, revealed he had been sexually abused and said he had used his experiences to inform the jury’s deliberations.
Maxwell’s team immediately called for a new trial, pointing out that all potential jurors were asked in their questionnaire if they were sexual abuse survivors, and he said no.
In March, David was brought back before the judge and apologized for not disclosing the information.
On April 1, Judge Alison Nathan denied Maxwell a new trial.
On Friday, she refused Maxwell’s offer to be acquitted.
The judge, in Friday’s 45-page ruling, however, combined the three conspiracy counts she was convicted on into one, meaning she will be convicted on three counts, not five.
A US judge on Friday dismissed a motion by Ghislaine Maxwell to overturn her December 2021 sex trafficking conviction for her role in helping late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls
COUNT ONE: conspiracy to induce persons under the age of seventeen to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity unlawful under New York law – GUILTY, maximum 5 years
COUNT TWO: Inciting individuals under the age of seventeen to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity unlawful under New York law, and aiding and abetting – DO NOT GUILTY
COUNT THREE: Conspiracy to transport persons under the age of seventeen to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity illegal under New York law – GUILTY, maximum 5 years
COUNT FOUR: Aiding and abetting transportation of an individual under the age of seventeen with intent to engage in sexual activity illegal under New York law – GUILTY, maximum 10 years
COUNT FIVE: criminal conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of individuals under the age of eighteen – GUILTY, maximum 5 years
COUNT SIX: Sex trafficking and complicity with a person under the age of eighteen – GUILTY, maximum 40 years
Judge Nathan found count one – conspiracy to smuggle minors across state lines for sexual purposes – to be similar to count three.
Count three involved a conspiracy to transport minors across state lines for sexual purposes.
She also found that count five – conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors – was similar to three, so combined them.
As a result, Maxwell will be sentenced on a new count, combining one, three and five, detailing with conspiracy to sex traffic minors.
Each of these conspiracy counts carried a maximum sentence of five years.
It was unclear whether the combined charge would carry a maximum sentence of five or 15 years.
She will also be sentenced on counts four and six – with count four carrying a maximum of 10 years, and six being the most serious, and carrying a potential sentence of 40 years.
The jury found her not guilty on the second count.
A sentencing date has been set for June 28.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 at the age of 66 while awaiting trial for sex crimes.
Maxwell’s attorneys argued throughout the trial that she was being prosecuted for the crimes he committed.
During her trial, four women testified that she groomed them for sex with her pedophile ex, for whom she worked as an assistant and property manager.
“It is crystal clear that Maxwell knew about and was deeply involved in Epstein’s child sexual abuse,” said Alison Moe, an assistant U.S. attorney, in closing argument.
“Maxwell was the key to the whole operation. »
Maxwell, a British heiress with French and American citizenship, is pictured in June 2013, at a meeting of her short-lived environmental foundation Terra Mar
Maxwell is pictured in court on March 8 as Scotty David (right) discusses why he did not disclose his history of sexual abuse