British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted of luring young girls to massage rooms for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to molest, is requesting a retrial.
In a letter to Judge Alison Nathan, her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim wrote: “Today, counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell filed her motion for a new trial.”
“We request that all submissions pertaining to juror no. 50 remain under seal until the court rules on the motion.”
Issues over the unnamed juror arose when the person allegedly told other jurors that he was “sexually abused” as a child, and was doing so in order to persuade others to convict Maxwell.
Maxwell, 59, daughter of media mogul Robert, was accused of procuring young girls for Epstein and even colluding in the abuse he carried out.
Throughout the trial, pictures of the pair were shown, as Maxwell was accused of luring girls to Epstein's sick lair.
She was found guilty of five out of six charges.
A sentence of more than 40 years was given, but that is now being challenged.
Her full indictment listed the charges as: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
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She was also accused of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking of a minor, and lying under oath by hiding her participation in Epstein's offences in a separate civil case.
Maxwell was found not guilty of enticing a minor to engage in illegal sex acts – which alleged the defendant coerced one of her accusers, "Jane", to travel from Florida to Manhattan so Epstein could have sex with her.
As the verdict was read earlier this month, Maxwell appeared to show little reaction behind a black mask.
She stood with her hands folded as the jury filed out and glanced at her siblings as she herself was led from the courtroom, but was otherwise stoic.
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