Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged former madam of the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, got some very good news this week when it was reported that at least one of her accusers likely won’t testify for a second time if there is a retrial because she simply can’t “go through it again.”
“A lot of the trauma resurfaced for her, and all these women,” said one source close to the case, according to The New York Post. “It took so much for them to do it the first time, I think reliving it would be too much to bear. The whole situation is just very unfortunate.”
Maxwell, 60, was convicted at the end of last month on five out of six charges related to her allegedly grooming young girls for sex with Epstein, and sometimes participating in the abuse herself. She is facing 65 years in prison, with her sentencing date scheduled for June 28.
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However, Maxwell’s lawyers are currently fighting for her to be given a retrial after juror Scotty David revealed that he had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse, something that he did not disclose during jury selection. He openly boasted to reporters after the verdict that he had used his history of sexual abuse to sway his fellow jurors during deliberations.
While prosecutors do not think that Maxwell should be given a new trial, they have asked Judge Alison Nathan to launch an investigation into how David got on the jury.
While the loss of one accuser’s testimony in a potential retrial is a blow to the case against Maxwell, one attorney representing Epstein’s alleged victims claims to believe that the case against the disgraced British socialite is actually stronger now than it was before.
“What has happened since the guilty verdict is more people have come forward, willing to share their stories about Ghislaine and testify, so I don’t think a new trial would go any better for her. In fact, I think it would go worse for her,” attorney Brad Edwards told Insider. “I’m not ultimately that worried about the end result.”
Epstein allegedly committed suicide in prison back in August of 2019 while awaiting trial on sex crime charges of his own. As she waits to see whether or not she will be granted a retrial, Maxwell is reportedly trying to “maintain her sanity” in prison by learning Russian through a CD course that she is given access to in her cell for a few hours each day.
“It’s helping her to keep her mind focused,” one source told The Sun. “Studying is helping maintain her sanity.”
Maxwell has been in solitary confinement in a New York City prison since July of 2020, when she was first apprehended. It remains to be seen if she will be given a new trial.
This piece originally appeared in RobManess.com and is used by permission.
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