A fourth Ghislaine Maxwell accuser testified on Friday for sexual abuse of the British personality, recalling that she felt “frozen” when the late financier Jeffrey Epstein climbed into bed with her on his New Mexico ranch, when she was 16 years old. Annie Farmer, arrives as prosecutors have announced their case may be closed by the end of the week.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty of abuse on eight sex trafficking cases and other charges for her alleged role in the recruitment and care of four teenagers for Epstein for abuse between 1994 and 2004. Her lawyers say she will be scapegoated because Epstein is no longer alive. The financier killed himself in a Manhattan prison cell in 2019, aged 66, while awaiting trial for sexual abuse.
Farmer said she was 16 when she visited Epstein at the ranch in the spring of 1996. Farmer said she believed Epstein would help fund her college education. She said she felt uncomfortable going to Epstein’s ranch for holding her hand and petting her in a movie theater during a previous meeting in New York. But Farmer testified that she didn’t think Epstein would touch her at the ranch in the presence of Maxwell.
At the ranch, Farmer agreed to have a massage from Maxwell, who touched her breasts during the massage, Farmer said. The door was open and although she did not see Epstein during the encounter, she said she thought he was nearby.
“I just felt like he could see me,” said Farmer. “I just wanted so badly to get up from the table and have this massage done.” Farmer later said she was in bed when Epstein opened the door to her room and playfully told her he wanted to “cuddle”. Then he climbed into her bed and “pushed his body into me”.
“I felt kind of frozen,” she said. She said she needed to use the bathroom, which she described as an “excuse” to get away from Epstein.
Prior to Farmer’s testimony, the jury had heard three women saying they were teenagers when Maxwell introduced them for sexual abuse by Epstein. These witnesses said Maxwell encouraged them to give Epstein massages that would escalate into sexual encounters. Farmer, the only one of the four who testified under her full name, said she had no further contact with Epstein or Maxwell after the New Mexico trip.
US District Judge Alison Nathan instructed the jury that any physical contact Farmer had with Epstein was not “illegal sexual activity” under New Mexico law.
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