Ghislaine Maxwell deemed unmoved by ‘bombshell reveal’ in upcoming TV series

NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. judge who oversaw Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial on Friday said a possible “explosive revelation” from a juror was no reason to delay her decision not to not overturn the British socialite’s conviction and grant a new trial. .

Circuit Judge Alison Nathan released her decision five hours after one of Maxwell’s attorneys pointed to an interview the juror gave for ‘Ghislaine: Partner in Crime,’ a Paramount+ documentary that has yet to be released. aired examining Maxwell and his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

“The defendant provides no basis for concluding that the interview would affect the tribunal’s analysis or conclusion,” Nathan wrote.

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Maxwell’s attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted on December 29 of sex trafficking and four other counts of helping Epstein sexually abuse underage girls.

The verdict became murky when the juror, a man known as Juror 50, told the media that he revealed during jury deliberations that he had been sexually abused as a child, after failing to disclose it in a pre-trial screening questionnaire.

After hearing from the juror in a March 8 hearing, Nathan concluded on Friday that the failure was “very unfortunate, but not deliberate,” and that the juror was not biased against Maxwell and could serve fairly and impartial. Read more

The Paramount+ series trailer said Juror 50’s “bombshell reveal” came in his “only in-depth interview” regarding Maxwell’s case. Juror 50’s attorney said the interview took place on January 4.

Paramount did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The network is a unit of Paramount Global (PARA.O), known until recently as ViacomCBS.

Nathan was elevated to federal appeals court in Manhattan this week, but retained jurisdiction over the Maxwell case.

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Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Mark Porter and Daniel Wallis

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