Now that Ghislaine Maxwell has been convicted of sex trafficking she has no reason to keep any of her secrets hidden anymore.
And that also means she has no reason to keep anyone else’s secrets hidden anymore either, which means she no longer wants to fight to protect the identities of the eight “John Does” in her case.
“Counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell writes to inform the Court that she does not wish to further address those objections,” her attorney, Laura Menninger, said in a letter sent to Judge Loretta Preska.
The attorney said that “each of the listed Does has counsel who have ably asserted their own respective privacy rights” and Maxwell “therefore leaves it to this Court to conduct the appropriate review consistent with the Order and Protocol for Unsealing Decided Motions
Accuser Virginia Giuffre has been fighting since 2017 to have the names of the John Does unsealed, Insider reported.
The fact that Maxwell, a longtime associate of Epstein, who was convicted of five sex-trafficking charges, is no longer opposing the unsealing does not necessarily mean that all names will be released. Preska will consider the arguments set forth by each of the anonymous “John Does,” which have been made in court filings that have not all been made public.
A review of court filings from MailOnline found that six of the “John Does” have objected to unsealing court documents that would make their identities public. One of them, John Doe 17, wishes to keep their identity secret to avoid “annoyance and embarrassment,” the media outlet reported.
Another, “John Doe 151,” said that the disclosure of his name would lead to him being “hounded” by the media, and added that he wishes to maintain a “private life,” MailOnline said.
“Now that Maxwell’s criminal trial has come and gone, there is little reason to retain protection over the vast swaths of information about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex-trafficking operation that were originally filed under seal in this case,” Giuffre attorney Sigrid McCawley said.
Meanwhile, Maxwell’s lawyers will seek a new trial after a juror told the media that he had been a victim of sexual abuse.
Maxwell was convicted of aiding Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuses.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, who presided over Maxwell’s trial, the lawyer, Christian Everdell, said there were “incontrovertible grounds” for Maxwell to get a new trial.
He called the matter “an issue of pressing importance,” saying disclosures by the juror “influenced the deliberations and convinced other members of the jury to convict Ms. Maxwell.”
“Nathan’s decision on whether a new trial is warranted could hinge on how the juror responded to questions during jury selection about his experiences with sexual abuse, which legal experts said was a key question that defense lawyers were looking at to weed out potentially biased jurors,” Reuters reported.
“The juror, who asked to be identified by his first and middle names, Scotty David, told Reuters on Tuesday evening that during deliberations after some jurors expressed skepticism about the accounts of two of Maxwell’s accusers, he shared his experience of having been sexually abused as a child,” Reuters added.
“When I shared that, they were able to sort of come around on, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse,” Scotty David, a 35-year-old Manhattan resident, said, referring to other jurors.