January 23, 2022

Annie Farmer Testifies at New York Trial About Weekend From Hell With Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein

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Throughout a visit to Jeffrey Epstein’s New Mexico ranch, Annie Farmer was frozen in concern.

It was spring of 1996, and Epstein and his alleged confederate Ghislaine Maxwell, aged 43 and 35 respectively, had chosen to spend a weekend with a teenage lady—alone.

Farmer, then 16, says she agreed to let Maxwell give her a therapeutic massage in the midst of what shortly was changing into a weekend in hell, and that the British socialite groped her breasts with out warning. The following day, Epstein crawled into the lady’s mattress and demanded to cuddle.

Farmer stated she knew Epstein’s Zorro Ranch was remoted and she or he felt she couldn’t communicate out or combat again; she didn’t really feel secure. “I believed I simply wanted to get by this and I might be wonderful,” Farmer testified, tearing up on the stand.

Farmer is the fourth and ultimate sufferer to take the stand in Manhattan federal prosecutors’ case in opposition to Maxwell. The 59-year-old heiress is on trial for grooming underage ladies for Epstein, her former boyfriend, from 1994 to 2004, and of abusing them herself.

All through her testimony Friday morning, Farmer learn aloud excerpts from her teenage diary and was questioned by a protection lawyer, Laura Menninger, who steered her recollections had been “reconstructed.”

Zorro Ranch, one of many properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein.

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Farmer testified that Maxwell requested her if she’d ever had an expert therapeutic massage earlier than, and she or he answered no. “She stated she wished me to have this expertise,” Farmer, now 42, testified, “and [that] she can be glad to offer me a therapeutic massage.”

Based on Farmer, she and Maxwell went right into a room with a therapeutic massage desk. The door was left open and Farmer believed Epstein may see what was occurring. “She advised me to get undressed,” stated Farmer, who recalled then mendacity bare and face down underneath a white sheet.

Maxwell made small discuss whereas rubbing the teenager’s again and legs, Farmer testified, then instructed her to roll over and pulled the sheet down.

“As soon as she pulled down the sheet, I felt frozen,” Farmer testified, including that she “wished so badly to get off the desk” and for the therapeutic massage to be over.

The following morning as Farmer lay in mattress, Epstein allegedly entered her room and introduced he wished to cuddle together with her. Farmer testified that he wrapped his arms round her and pressed his physique in opposition to hers.

She recalled pondering of an excuse to get out of Epstein’s creepy embrace: she went to the lavatory and closed the door. “I wished to be in there lengthy sufficient that this complete state of affairs can be over,” Farmer advised jurors.

Farmer and her older sister, Maria, have each come ahead in recent times to say Epstein and Maxwell sexually assaulted them. (Maria, who was in her 20s when the couple allegedly abused her, will not be anticipated to testify at Maxwell’s prison trial.)

Now a therapist residing in Texas, Farmer described how she met Epstein by Maria, who labored briefly for the perverted financier in New York within the Nineties.

Farmer testified that she and one other lived with a single mother and cash was onerous to return by; she wasn’t capable of go to Maria till Epstein purchased her a airplane ticket.

On her journey to the Massive Apple, Epstein handled Maria and Annie to tickets to The Phantom of the Opera and requested Annie questions on her desires for faculty. Annie stated she hoped the rich man she knew as her sister’s boss may pay for her education.

In courtroom, assistant U.S. lawyer Lara Pomerantz confirmed the jury {a photograph} of the teenage Annie, adopted by a picture of the much-older Epstein.

Pomerantz requested Farmer about her first impressions of Epstein, and Farmer answered that he appeared “very pleasant and all the way down to earth.” The sisters visited Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, the place he served them champagne earlier than their jaunt to the theater.

Farmer stated Epstein steered she go to UCLA for faculty and that he had connections there, and that Epstein mentioned funding a world summer time journey that might look good on Farmer’s faculty purposes.

Later throughout Farmer’s go to, Epstein took the sisters to see the film 12 Monkeys and sat between them. “When the lights went down … at one level he reached over and caressed my hand and interlocked his hand in mine,” Farmer testified of Epstein. “I felt sick to my abdomen. It was not one thing I used to be in any respect anticipating.” Epstein additionally touched her leg however let go of her when chatting with Maria, as if to cover his conduct, she recalled.

Farmer stated she didn’t inform anybody what occurred on the time as a result of she was confused, knew her sister can be upset and didn’t need her to lose her job.

In a January 1996 journal entry, Farmer described feeling conflicted about Epstein touching her hand and wrote that possibly he “likes to flirt or being fatherly.”

“I used to be very conflicted as a result of I knew what occurred within the movie show wasn’t regular or proper,” Farmer advised the jury, including that she was attempting to give you “justifications” for his habits.

Farmer would reunite with Epstein months later in spring of 1996 in New Mexico. Whereas Farmer couldn’t recall how the journey was deliberate, she testified that she didn’t wish to be alone with Epstein due to the movie show incident. She stated she met Maxwell for the primary time when she arrived on the ranch and her presence made her extra “snug.”

“I imagined it might be completely different this time as a result of Maxwell was there,” Farmer testified, including that she and Epstein gave the impression to be “romantic” companions.

All of the whereas, Farmer stated, she skilled a complicated mess of feelings: She felt unusual {that a} pair of adults wished to spend time alone together with her, but she felt “particular” that they gave her consideration and took her on a purchasing journey on the town.

She stated Epstein purchased her an costly pair of black cowboy boots in the course of the tour. She stated she by no means wished or wanted the boots however was gracious concerning the present.

Farmer additionally described how Epstein and Maxwell behaved like youngsters, with Maxwell playfully knocking down Epstein’s pants throughout a go to to a movie show to see Primal Worry.

This time, Epstein sat between Maxwell and Farmer. “He instantly started to carry my hand, caress it, rub on my foot and on my arm,” Farmer testified, including that he didn’t cover his actions. “It was extra blatant.”

When the trio returned to Epstein’s ranch, Maxwell directed Farmer to offer Epstein a foot rub and instructed her on easy methods to therapeutic massage his naked ft. “I felt very uncomfortable,” Farmer testified. “I didn’t wish to be touching his ft.”

After the footrub, Farmer stated, Maxwell invited her to the non-public therapeutic massage and groped her breasts.

That they had a really completely different curiosity in me.

Annie Farmer

Farmer advised jurors that earlier than she left New Mexico, she tried to have interaction Maxwell in dialog about an instructional paper she was engaged on. However she realized Epstein and Maxwell weren’t eager about her future training. “That they had a really completely different curiosity in me,” she stated.

“She appeared very disinterested,” Farmer recalled. “She didn’t care.”

That summer time, Epstein funded Farmer’s summer time journey to Thailand and Vietnam, and she or he continued feeling responsible about her emotions about him. She stated the summer time tour was one thing she by no means may have afforded with out his assist, however that she hoped by no means to be round Epstein and Maxwell once more.

Farmer would share her story a number of instances since spring of 2019.

In August 2019, she took the rostrum at a particular listening to for victims of the sex-trafficker, who’d killed himself in jail weeks prior and prevented dealing with trial for molesting and raping numerous underage ladies.

The feds’ prison case in opposition to Epstein was useless, however a number of victims appeared in courtroom to have their ultimate say on the financier’s intercourse crimes—and to beg Manhattan federal prosecutors to proceed their investigation into his teenage intercourse ring and go after his alleged accomplices.

“I had the chance to talk at Jeffrey Epstein’s bail listening to, and I actually respect that you just heard me and listened to me that day,” Farmer stated that day. “I’m so sorry that others won’t have the chance to face earlier than him the best way that I did.

“However I’m right here at this time to talk on behalf of my sister, Maria Farmer, who couldn’t be right here. Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell not solely assaulted her, however as we’re listening to from so many of those courageous ladies right here at this time, they stole her desires and her livelihood.”

Maria, a scholar on the New York Academy of Artwork, met Epstein and Maxwell in 1995 after the money-manager purchased considered one of her work at her thesis present.

Quickly after this, Epstein employed her to man the door at his Manhattan mansion.

In April 2019, Maria got here ahead to say she witnessed ladies in class uniforms go to the eight-story townhouse. “Once I requested Maxwell why these younger ladies had been coming over to the home so typically she stated that the ladies had been interviewing for modeling positions,” Maria stated in an affidavit. “On the time, based mostly on my observations on the dwelling, it didn’t appear credible to me that these younger ladies had been interviewing for modeling positions.”

The next summer time, Maria alleged, Maxwell and Epstein sexually assaulted her on the Ohio property of Victoria’s Secret mogul Les Wexner, who for many years was Epstein’s solely identified shopper and had a mysterious relationship with the financier.

“They requested me to return right into a bed room with them after which proceeded to sexually assault me in opposition to my will,” Farmer stated in a authorized submitting. “I fled the room and referred to as the sheriff’s workplace however didn’t get any response.”

Farmer says that when she returned to New York, she went to a police precinct to report the couple however cops advised her to contact the FBI as a substitute. Based on Farmer, the FBI by no means adopted up on her grievance.

Years later, the Farmer sisters shared their story with Vainness Truthful scribe Vicky Ward for her 2003 profile on Epstein.

However their accusations finally had been reduce from Ward’s story—an incident that stings the household practically 20 years later.

“She risked her security in 1996, so a few years in the past, to report them, to no avail, and it’s heartbreaking to her and to me that every one this destruction has been wrought since that point,” Annie stated on the 2019 victims listening to.

“However this can be very essential, as others are saying, that he didn’t act alone and that the opposite those who had been part of what he did are held accountable.”

Three different accusers testified within the authorities’s case in opposition to Maxwell for the reason that trial started Nov. 29. Two had been recognized utilizing pseudonyms, whereas one used her first identify.

“Jane,” the first to take the stand, stated she was 14 when Maxwell and Epstein recruited her into their trafficking scheme in 1994. On the time, Jane was a scholar at Interlochen’s summer time camp in Michigan. She stated the couple abused her in New York and Florida for years.

A second accuser referred to as “Kate” testified that she was 17 when Maxwell inspired her to offer Epstein sexualized “massages” on the socialite’s London townhouse in 1994. Maxwell directed her to placed on a schoolgirl uniform and serve Epstein tea in Palm Seaside.

“Carolyn,” a Florida sufferer, claimed that Maxwell scheduled her “therapeutic massage” appointments for Epstein and groped her body as she arrange a therapeutic massage desk. She was solely 14 when Epstein started abusing her in 2001.

Throughout emotional testimony on Tuesday, Carolyn stated: “The one factor Ms. Maxwell was concerned in was fondling and touching my breasts and my buttocks, and for that, my soul is damaged and so is my coronary heart.”

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