Ghislaine Maxwell helped supply Jeffrey Epstein three girls a day for his ‘sexual pleasure’, an alleged victim has claimed.
Annie Farmer, now 41, says at age 16 she was ordered to strip naked by Maxwell, 58, at Epstein’s American ranch.
Ms Farmer alleges that the pair ‘lavished her with gifts’ and said they would advance her studies as part of a plot to snare her in their ‘organised sex-trafficking ring’, The Sunday Times reports.
She is said to be one of three victims who US federal prosecutors will rely on in their case against Maxwell, who was this week denied bail by a judge in New York ahead of her child sex-trafficking and perjury trial, which is set for July 2021.
All three alleged victims were minors at the time of the alleged offences. One girl was only 14.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to all charges and has ‘vigorously’ denied wrongdoing.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, right, and Annie Farmer, center, both Jeffrey Epstein accusers, following a hearing in the Jeffrey Epstein case on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in New York
Ms Farmer, who is identified as ‘minor victim 2’ who was allegedly abused in New Mexico in 1996 in a six-count indictment, waived her right to anonymity last week as she called for Maxwell to stay locked up.
Ms Farmer told the judge Maxwell was ‘a sexual predator who abused me and countless other children and young women.’
Details of Ms Farmer’s alleged abuse were revealed following a civil lawsuit filed last December which allege battery and false imprisonment.
The claim against Maxwell accuses her of spending ‘years overseeing and managing Epstein’s sex-trafficking network,’ adding: ‘Epstein’s preference was to have three different girls a day for his sexual pleasure and Maxwell was in charge of recruiting the girls’.
The lawsuit claims that Ms Farmer’s older sister Maria, an art graduate who worked for Epstein’s New York Household in 1995, noticed that Epstein’s then girlfriend Maxwell ‘would leave the mansion claiming she had to ”go get girls for Jeffrey”.’
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell (both pictured) are alleged to have paid for Ms Farmer to fly to the Zorro ranch in spring 1996 but she found there were no other students when she arrived
Disgraced financier Epstein reportedly persuaded Maria to bring her younger sister Annie to New York from their family home in Arizona.
He then sat between the two sisters at a cinema and groped her, Ms Farmer alleges.
It is also claimed that Epstein later invited her to his 10,000-acre New Mexico ranch and told Ms Farmer’s mother that he was putting together an educational gathering for high school pupils.
‘He explained that Maxwell would be a host or chaperone for Annie at the event,’ according to court papers.
Annie Farmer outside New York court on July 15, 2019
The couple are alleged to have paid for Ms Farmer to fly to the Zorro ranch in spring 1996 but she found there were no other students when she arrived.
Documents claim that Maxwell had appeared ‘charming and friendly’ to Ms Farmer, and she was then showered with gifts and took her to see a film.
While they were waiting in the queue, Maxwell pulled down Epstein’s jogging bottoms and exposed part of his buttocks, and the couple would ‘repeatedly fondle’ each other around Ms Farmer in an attempt to ‘normalise sexual behaviour’ to her, the lawsuit alleges.
When they returned to the ranch, Maxwell told Ms Farmer to take off her clothes and lie down on a massage table before touching ‘intimate parts’ of her body against her will ‘for the sexual benefit of Maxwell and Epstein’, it is alleged.
‘Maxwell exposed Annie’s breasts and groped her,’ it is claimed. ‘Annie was extremely distressed and afraid. She was a child in a massive ranch, away from her family, and isolated from any source of help.’
The next morning Epstein went into Ms Farmer’s room, entered her bed demanding a ‘cuddle’ and sexually assaulted her, it is claimed.
Ms Farmer’s lawyers allege that she only made the decision to make her allegations public following Epstein’s suicide because she had feared that he and his ‘co-conspirators, including Maxwell,’ would harm her or her family or ‘ruin her life’.
Maxwell has pleaded with a judge to dismiss Ms Farmer’s damages claim, which was filed to the same New York court handling her criminal case.
Maxwell is accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend. She faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty of the charges
Maria, who says she feels guilty for unwittingly bringing her then teenage sister into the orbit of Maxwell and Epstein, was the first person to report the pair’s alleged sexual abuse of underage girls in 1996. But her attempts to get the police and FBI to investigate the attack on Annie, then 16, were ignored.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s denied charges
One count of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
One count of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
One count of conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
One count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
Two counts of perjury
Annie’s testimony was a key factor in the judge’s decision to deny Maxwell bail and keep her in a New York jail cell before her trial next year.
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan earlier this week denied Maxwell’s proposal of a $5 million bond co-signed by two of her sisters and backed up by more than $3.75 million in property in the UK.
Maxwell’s legal team had argued she would be confined to a ‘luxury hotel’ in the New York area, surrender all her travel documents and be subject to GPS monitoring.
But Judge Nathan ruled the British socialite was a significant flight risk, citing her ‘substantial international’ ties and ‘extraordinary financial resources’, setting an anticipated trial date for July 12, 2021.
Maxwell is accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend.
She faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty of the charges, as prosecutors successfully argued that along with her three passports, connections to some of the world’s most powerful people and her own fortune of more than $10 million – Maxwell had every incentive to try and flee.
Maxwell will now return to the fortress-like Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where she has been given paper clothes to ensure she doesn’t kill herself.