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Ghislaine Maxwell accuser unlikely to testify again if there’s a retrial: report

At least one of the Jeffrey Epstein victims who helped put Ghislaine Maxwell behind bars is unlikely to “go through it again” if there is a retrial, according to a report.

“A lot of the trauma resurfaced for her, and all these women,” a source close to the case told The Telegraph.

“It took so much for them to do it the first time, I think reliving it would be too much to bear,” the insider told the UK paper of Maxwell’s formal bid for a mistrial.

“The whole situation is just very unfortunate,” the source said.

Maxwell currently faces up to 65 years in prison after she was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking and other crimes for grooming teenagers to have sex with Epstein, her late ex.

Witness “Carolyn” answers a question from defense attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, December 7, 2021.
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Witness Michelle Healy testifies during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell
Witness Michelle Healy testifies during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, December 17, 2021.
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However, her legal team last week formally applied for a mistrial after a juror appeared to have failed during selection to disclose his own childhood sexual abuse that he used to sway deliberations.

Four women had testified against her during the lengthy trial last year. Only Annie Farmer was identified in court, with the other three referred to as JaneKateCarolyn.

Carolyn Andriano, now 35, later waived her anonymity in an interview after the conviction, telling the Daily Mail that she “wanted people to know these terrible things have happened to me and that I am a survivor.”

GHISLAINE MAXWELL on Epstein's private jet airplane
Ghislaine Maxwell currently faces up to 65 years in prison.
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Witness "Carolyn" answers questions from Maurene Comey during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell
Witness “Carolyn” answers questions from Maurene Comey during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, December 7, 2021.
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She had testified that she was just 14 she gave Epstein the first of more than 100 massages — and how “something sexual happened every single time,” with Maxwell also groping her. The abuse only stopped when she turned 18 because she was too old for the pedophile, she told the court.

She was left needing Xanax and antidepressants, and struggled to care for her four kids because of the emotional toll of the abuse, her mother had told the court, The Telegraph noted.

While the loss of one of the witnesses would be a blow to a retrial, a lawyer for dozens of Epstein accusers believes the case against the convicted madam might now be even stronger.

December 10, 2021: The US attorney's office has released images during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, who faces six federal charges relating to accusations in the sexual exploitation of girls with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
Four women had testified against Ghislaine Maxwell.
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Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted for grooming teenagers to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein.
© US Attorney Office via ZUMA Press Wire

“What has happened since the guilty verdict is more people have come forward, willing to share their stories about Ghislaine and testify, so I don’t think a new trial would go any better for her. In fact, I think it would go worse for her,” attorney Brad Edwards told Insider.

“I’m not ultimately that worried about the end result.”

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