Ghislaine Maxwell 'Has Not Come Close' in Request for New Trial—Government

Ghislaine Maxwell is not entitled to a new sex trafficking trial because her lawyers failed to show or prove that a juror was biased, according to a U.S. government court filing.

The British socialite asked for her Jeffrey Epstein-related conviction to be quashed over Scotty David's media interviews, in which he disclosed that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.

The revelation sent Maxwell's December conviction into chaos because jurors had been asked about any history of abuse on a questionnaire during the selection process.

Maxwell's team asked for a new trial, but a prosecution court filing said David made an honest mistake and there is no evidence he was biased.

They said eight potential jurors, out of 58 who got through selection, disclosed a history of sexual abuse but were not excluded as a result.

A court filing seen by Newsweek read: "After the thoughtful and thorough hearing held by this Court, it is crystal clear that the defendant received a fair trial.

"Juror 50's sworn testimony at the hearing made evident that he did not deliberately lie in completing the questionnaire, but that he instead made an honest mistake.

"And in any event, had Juror 50 accurately reported in his questionnaire that he had been a victim of sexual abuse, he would not have been struck for cause."

The document added: "The defendant has not come close to establishing that
the extraordinary remedy of a new trial is warranted."

In late December 2021, Maxwell was convicted on five out of six counts of sex trafficking girls for former lover Epstein to abuse.

The government filing strikes a starkly different note to warnings by other lawyers, including Lisa Bloom, who represents eight Epstein victims.

After David's testimony, she said on Twitter: "Big disturbing court day today in the Ghislaine Maxwell case. So, it looks like she's going to get a new trial."

David told the court in New York he did not read the questionnaire properly and had no intention to mislead in his answers. Quoted in the court filing, David said: "Growing up in school I never wanted to be last one finished.

"You want to finish your test and go hang out with your friends. So it's kind of that same policy ... everyone else is finishing ... I'm like: I'm never going to get chosen, let's get this done with. I completely skimmed way too fast."

The government's filing argued Maxwell had to prove David was biased against her, and had failed to.

The prosecution suggested he was impartial based on testimony he gave during a March 8 hearing about his inaccurate questionnaire.

The filing added: "Of the 58 individuals who were qualified to serve as jurors, eight individuals disclosed in their written questionnaires that they themselves had been a victim of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, or sexual assault.

"In each case, during voir dire, each juror affirmed to the Court that he or she could be fair and impartial.

"Not only did the Court not strike each of those eight jurors for cause, but neither party even moved to do so on these grounds."

Maxwell's lawyers said in their own filing, seen by Newsweek: "If there is one thing we learned from Juror 50 at the Hearing, it is this: he should never have been a member of this jury.

"Juror 50 conceded that he gave false responses to not one, but three critical questions on the juror questionnaire, all of which, had he answered them truthfully, would have revealed his prior sexual abuse.

"The abuse Juror 50 described at the Hearing, which he should have disclosed on the questionnaire and during voir dire, was remarkably similar to the abuse described by the government's four key victim witnesses and would, by itself, have formed the basis for a challenge for cause."

The court is yet to decide on the motions but if the conviction stands then sentencing is due on June 28 this year.

Ghislaine Maxwell in New York
Ghislaine Maxwell, seen at the ETM 2014 Children's Benefit Gala at Capitale, New York City, on May 6, 2014, was convicted of sex trafficking in December 2021. The British socialite's lawyers applied for a new trial. Paul Zimmerman/WireImage