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Ghislaine Maxwell to ask for retrial after juror revealed he was a victim of sexual abuse

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction could be thrown out as prosecutors called for an inquiry after one of her jurors admitted he was sexually abused.

The move has left the British socialite’s legal team almost certain to launch an appeal against last week’s guilty verdict potentially leading to a mistrial being called, Mirror.co.uk reports.

In their request for an inquiry, Maxwell’s prosecutors said if an inquiry is to be carried out, juror Scotty David should be asked “whether he would like counsel to be appointed in connection with it”.

On Wednesday, Jan 5, US prosecutor Maurene Comey wrote to trial judge Alison Nathan asking for an inquiry to be held.

She wrote: “While the Court instructed jurors that they were free to discuss their jury service with anyone of their choosing, some of the statements, as related in the media, merit attention by the court.

“In particular, the juror has described being a victim of sexual abuse.

“Assuming the accuracy of the reporting, the juror asserted that he ‘flew through’ the prospective juror questionnaire and does not recall being asked whether he had been a victim of sexual abuse, but stated that ‘he would have answered honestly’.

“Based on the foregoing, the Government believes the court should conduct an inquiry.”

Any probe into the juror’s claims would ultimately see Maxwell’s sentencing delayed until conducted and concluded.

Prosecutors said in their letter to Judge Nathan that they had “reached out to defence counsel” for Maxwell but so far they had failed to respond.

Last night, Jan 5, Maxwell’s lawyers moved immediately to call for a new trial.

Her attorney Christian Everdell wrote to Judge Nathan saying: “We write concerning an issue of pressing importance.

“It has come to the attention of the defence that one of the twelve jurors in this case (the “Juror”) has been giving oral and videotaped interviews to various members of the press concerning the jury deliberations.

“These interviews have been publicly reported in several media outlets.

“Among other things, the Juror told reporters that he disclosed to the other members of the jury during deliberations that he was a victim of sexual abuse and further described his memory of those events.

“According to the Juror, his disclosure influenced the deliberations and convinced other members of the jury to convict Ms Maxwell.”

The lawyer said it “presents incontrovertible grounds for a new trial.”

“Should the defence prevail on this motion – and we believe the law and facts are clearly on our side – it would render all other post-trial motions moot.”

The 60-year-old former girlfriend of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found guilty on five out of six charges.

She stood trial on a raft of grooming and sex trafficking charges, relating to four girls between 1997 and 2004.

The socialite now faces up to 65 years in jail, with the main charge for sex trafficking minors carrying a maximum sentence of 40 years.

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New endorsement deal excites Tiwa Savage

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New endorsement deal with a popular smartphone brand has left Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage excited.


The 42-year-old singer and mother of one took to her Instagram account to announce her newest endorsement deal in a video.


Explaining the video, she wrote, “This one is highly approved by the No 1 ABG, Your girl is on board with one of the coolest brands ever – Tecno. Show some love to my newest family. I am so excited.”

Savage is currently on a tour of cities in the United States of America to promote her ‘Water and Garri’ EP.

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Elon Musk’s child, 18, granted name and gender change

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Elon Musk’s child, 18, granted name and gender change

Elon Musk’s 18-year-old child has been granted a name and gender change, officially making her Vivian Jenna Wilson.

According to court documents on Thursday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge approved the petition and asked for a new birth certificate to be issued by the state to reflect the changes.

Vivian chose to remove Musk as her last name, opting for Wilson, which is her mother Justine’s maiden name.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that Vivian – who was given the moniker Xavier Alexander Musk at birth – filed the petition back in April, shortly after her 18th birthday.

The teen listed her name change reason as “gender identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father [Elon] in any way, shape or form.”

Musk, 50, previously claimed he supported transgender issues. However, he came under fire in 2020 for criticizing the use of preferred pronouns.

“I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare,” he tweeted at the time, adding, “Pronouns suck.”

On the other hand, mom Justine expressed how proud she was that Vivian was living authentically, quoting her on Twitter.

“‘I had a weird childhood,’ my 18-year-old said to me,” Wilson, 49, wrote after news of Vivian’s gender and name change petition began circulating online.

She then continued the conversation, quoting the child as saying, “I can’t believe I’m as normal-seeming as I am.”

Wilson then told the teen, “I’m very proud of you,” to which Vivian replied, “I’m proud of myself!”

In addition to Vivian, Musk shares the teen’s 18-year-old twin brother, Griffin, with ex-wife Justine, along with 16-year-old triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian.

The SpaceX founder also has two children with ex-girlfriend Grimes — son X AE A-XII, 2, and daughter Exa Dark Sideræl, 6 months.

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Yoruba actor, Baba Atoli is dead

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Baba Atoli is dead

Yoruba actor, Olaniyi Raji, also known as Baba Atoli, is dead.

The death of the veteran actor was announced by his colleague, Foluke Daramola in a post on Instagram on Thursday.

Daramola shared the deceased photo with the caption: “Sad we lost Baba Atoli. Such a shame.”

Friends and family of Baba Atoli also took to social media to mourn him.

Before his death, Baba Atoli begged for financial support following an illness.

In a video posted on Youtube, Baba Atoli called on the national president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr Latin, and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for support.

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