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Ghislaine Maxwell jailed in June in sex trafficking case

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British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has a sentencing date set for late June after being convicted of abuse charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to recruit teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein.

US District Judge Alison J. Nathan announced the June 28 date as she waits to clarify defense claims that a new trial will follow public admissions by a jury following the verdict on his childhood sexual abuse should be arranged.

The juror, who was never fully publicly identified, told the media last week that he told other jurors during a week of deliberations that he had been sexually abused as a child and used what he learned on the subject , to persuade others to convict Maxwell.

Defense attorneys say the revelations warrant a new trial. The jury hired an attorney. And Judge Nathan said she will decide at a later date what will happen as a result of the revelations.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted after a month-long trial in which prosecutors alleged that she recruited and groomed teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004.

She was once romantically involved with Epstein but later became his clerk in his five residences.

Epstein, 66, committed suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell’s attorneys argued in court that she was made a scapegoat by federal prosecutors after his death.

Prosecutors say they will drop the perjury charges against Maxwell if she is sentenced on time.

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