Maxwell was found guilty Dec. 29 on five of six counts she faced for helping late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls.

His lawyers demanded a new trial after juror No. 50 told media outlets, including Reuters, that he shared with other jurors his history of sexual abuse during deliberations. He stated in the pre-trial screening questionnaire that he had not been sexually abused.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said the juror’s statements provide evidence that he answered the questionnaire falsely and questioned the juror about his answers during a hearing Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan.

“This is one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made in my life,” Juror No. 50, who testified without revealing his name, told the court.

He testified that he was abused by a half-brother and the half-brother’s friend when he was 9 and 10 years old. He said that thinking back on the question, he should have answered “yes” to the question of whether he had ever been abused, but that his history of abuse did not bias him.

“I went through that quiz,” Juror No. 50 said. “That’s a terrible excuse, but I really didn’t think I’d be chosen.”

Nathan granted the juror immunity after his lawyer said the juror would invoke his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions during the hearing. The juror signed the form under penalty of perjury, meaning he could have faced legal consequences if he lied.

The juror told Reuters he did not remember how he filled out the form, but would have answered honestly.

Maxwell, 60, faces up to 65 years in prison. Epstein died by suicide in 2019 aged 66 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges

(Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Mark Porter)

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