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Ghislaine Maxwell is due to be sentenced at the end of June while lawyers fight for a trial

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The former British socialite convicted of sex trafficking faces 65 years in prison

Ghislaine Maxwell is due to be sentenced on June 28 after being charged with sex trafficking last month.

The former British socialite, 60, has been found guilty of five out of six counts of sex trafficking linked to caring for teenagers who were sexually abused by American millionaire and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Her sentencing date has been set as her attorneys continue to campaign to have her conviction overturned after it was revealed that a member of the jury had discussed her experience of sexual abuse with a fellow juror.

Maxwell’s defense team, which requested a stay of her conviction, argues the revelations should allow for a new trial.

They say there are “undeniable reasons” for her conviction to be overturned and a retrial granted on jury admission.

Scotty David, identified only by his first and middle names, told Reuters when he told the jury that he could only remember important parts of his experience, “they agreed on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse.”

A second juror has also revealed to the media that he was a child sexual abuse victim and disclosed this to other jurors during deliberations.

The juror, who asked to remain anonymous, said The New York Times that the revelation apparently helped shape the jury’s discussions.

Judges are asked to disclose any experiences or connections that may influence their decision-making during the judging process.

Before Maxwell’s trial, prospective jurors were given a confidential questionnaire asking if they or family members or friends had been victims of sexual abuse or harassment.

Scotty David said he “flipped through” the questionnaire and had no recollection of being asked about his experiences through the form or in follow-up interviews.

Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted in late June.

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