A US judge refused the expulsion Gislaine Maxwelltoday convicted of sex trafficking, although a jury failed to disclose before the trial that he was a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
Axwell, a British socialite, was convicted in December of helping millionaire Jeffrey Epstein sexually assault several teenage girls.
US Judge Alison J. Nathan declined to order a new trial after questioning the juror under oath in a New York courtroom about why he failed to include his personal history as an abuse survivor in a questionnaire during jury selection to disclose.
The jury said he “scanned the questionnaire far too quickly” and did not intentionally give the wrong answer to a question about sexual abuse.
“I didn’t lie to get on this jury,” he said.
In her opinion, Nathan said the jury’s failure to disclose his past sexual abuse during the jury selection process was highly unfortunate but not intentional.
The judge also concluded that the juror “held no bias against the accused and was able to serve as a fair and impartial jury.”
Maxwell’s attorneys had said they might have objected to the man’s presence on the jury on the grounds that he might not be fair to a person accused of a similar crime.
The US Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
Messages were left with Maxwell’s attorneys.
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