Scotty David, who was a juror in the Ghilane Maxwell trial, understands the victims of the case as he was sexually abused. For this reason, he knows about traumas and why he goes through and suffers. He also knows that, no matter how much you want, there are things that cannot be erased and that they carry with them forever.
“I know what happened when I was sexually abused. I remember the color of the carpet, the walls. Part of that can be played as a video, “David told the British newspaper. The Independent.
On December 29, Maxwell, former lover and right-hand man of magnate Jeffrey Epstein and accused of collaborating with him in several cases of sex trafficking with minors, was found guilty of five of the six crimes for which she was being tried by a New York jury.
The jury, which began its deliberations on Monday, December 20, found Maxwell guilty of the most serious charges, including that of “Sex trafficking of a minor”, a crime that alone can cost you up to 40 years in prison.
The verdict capped a month-long trial with sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, counted by four women who described being abused as teenagers in the 1990s and early 2000s in Epstein’s palatial homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico.
“This verdict is for all victimsDavid said in his first post-conviction. “For those who showed up and for those who didn’t. I’m glad Maxwell was held accountable, ”he added.
David highlighted that the verdict showed that someone can be found guilty regardless of their status.
He also said that he found all the victims’ testimonies credible, despite ruthless attacks by the defense against the accusers that questioned their stories.
“They were all credible. Nothing they said seemed like a lie to me“, He said.
Among those attacks by the defense are objections about what the accusers remembered, memories that are sometimes not so clear because of the trauma suffered. However, as a victim of sexual abuse, he knows that memory cannot retain everything.
“I can’t remember all the details, there are some things that go together“, He said.
In addition, as he told The Independent, you know that some badly remembered details do not mean that the memory itself did not happen.
Maxwell’s defense also questioned the status of abuse victims by asking the accusers why they kept coming back to the tycoon couple and why they kept accepting their help.
“We are not here to judge these victims,” David said. “We are here to judge whether we believe their stories, but we are not here to judge the decisions they did or did not make.”
“We cannot judge what they did or did not do afterward,” he added. “It doesn’t change what happened.”
The legal fights involving Epstein and Maxwell are not over, is still awaiting trial on two counts of perjury.
Lawsuits involving allegations of abuse also continue, including one in which a woman who was not involved in the trial, Virginia Giuffre, says she was forced to have sexual encounters with Prince Andrew.
However, recently it became known that Giuffre agreed not to sue anyone related to Jeffrey Epstein who could be described as a “potential defendant.”according to a secret 2009 document released Monday by a New York court in which a New York tycoon paid $ 500,000 to finalize a claim for damages.
Giuffre alleges that Epstein, who committed suicide while awaiting trial in 2019, forced her to have sex with her wealthy and powerful partners, including the prince Andrew.
Woman sued British royal for unspecified damages, claiming that the prince sexually assaulted her in 2001 when she was 17 years old and underage, according to US law.
Andrew, 61, second son of the queen Isabel II, has not been criminally charged and has repeatedly and vigorously denied the allegations.