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Ghislaine Maxwell is fighting for a retrial in her child-sex-trafficking case over comments from one of the jurors who convicted her.
According to victims' attorney Brad Edwards, a new trial would go even worse for Maxwell.
He told Insider more women have come forward to accuse Maxwell of misconduct since her conviction.
The prospect of a new trial for Ghislaine Maxwell would be frustrating for victims who may be asked to testify again, and to the prosecutors who successfully convicted her on charges of sex-trafficking them to Jeffrey Epstein.
But it wouldn't be the end of the world, according to Brad Edwards, an attorney representing 58 women who have accused Epstein of misconduct.
Since jurors convicted Maxwell in late December, more women have contacted Edwards to say they'd be willing to participate in any investigations into her conduct, he told Insider.
"What has happened since the guilty verdict is more people have come forward, willing to share their stories about Ghislaine and testify," Edwards said. "So I don't think a new trial would go any better for her. In fact, I think it would go worse for her."
Maxwell's attorneys formally filed their motion for a retrial Wednesday night. The motion is under seal, but in previous court filings, they argued that a juror's comments to the media about his own experience with sexual abuse indicate he should have not been seated on the jury in the first place.
Edwards represented one of the four women who testified last month in Maxwell's trial in federal court in Manhattan. The woman, who testified under the pseudonym "Kate," said Maxwell befriended her as a teenager, dangled the possibility that Epstein could help her career with powerful music industry connections, and then introduced her to sexualized massages with Epstein.
It was the beginning of a sexually abusive relationship with Epstein that lasted for years, Kate testified. She said that Maxwell often arranged sexual encounters between her and Epstein, and that she felt fearful about leaving their orbit because they namedropped powerful friends like Prince Andrew and Donald Trump.
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US District Judge Alison Nathan, who oversaw the trial, told jurors they could not convict Maxwell based on Kate's testimony about Epstein's sexual misconduct. Kate was at the age of consent in London when Epstein first sexually abused her, so she couldn't be considered one of Maxwell's victims for the purposes of the trial, according to Edwards.
But Kate's testimony helped jurors understand that Maxwell used the same playbook over and over again when trafficking young women to Epstein for sex, he explained.
"She provided information about the dynamic between Ghislaine and Jeffrey," Edwards said. "What their life was like together then, and what type of arrangements that Ghislaine was capable of making, the knowledge of what Epstein's intentions were."
A new trial would also mean that prosecutors could present more evidence to convict Maxwell and keep her behind bars for the rest of her life, Edwards said. Maxwell, 60, faces a sentence of up to 65 years. Nathan said she will hold a sentencing hearing this summer if Maxwell is not granted a new trial.
"I'm not ultimately that worried about the end result," Edwards said. "Such is life. You have hurdles."
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