Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers file for a re-trial

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Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell have filed a motion for a re-trial, just weeks after she was found guilty of recruiting underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein.

The 60-year-old Briton, who is an ex-girlfriend of the late billionaire paedophile, is due to be sentenced in June after her conviction in a New York court.

She was accused of recruiting and grooming four teenagers for him to molest at his various properties between 1994 and 2004.

The court had heard her described as "dangerous" and Epstein's "partner in crime" before she was found guilty of five out of six counts she faced.

But after the verdict, a juror - who has not been publicly identified - admitted telling other jurors he was sexually abused as a child and used his experiences to persuade others to convict Maxwell.

It is not clear whether this forms the basis for Maxwell's lawyers seeking a new trial, but they have previously claimed the revelation warrants this.

Earlier this month they wrote to Judge Alison Nathan saying the issue "presents incontrovertible grounds for a new trial".

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