Ghislaine Maxwell victim Annie Farmer says she feels ‘tremendous relief’ over sex trafficking guilty verdict and adds ‘I wasn’t sure this day would ever come’
- Annie Farmer, one of the four victims who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell, said the socialite’s guilty verdict brought her ‘tremendous relief’
- ‘I just feel so grateful that the jury believed us and sent a strong message that perpetrators of sexual abuse and exploitation will be held accountable,’ she said
- She was lured to Jeffrey Epstein’s New Mexico ranch when she was 16 where Maxwell and Epstein allegedly subjected her to unwanted fondling
- Farmer, 42, said Maxwell played a ‘really important part of the grooming process’ in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, noting the pair ‘worked as a team’
- Her comments come as Epstein accusers Sarah Ransome and Virginia Giuffre are also spoke out about the Maxwell verdict
- Ransome and Giuffre alleged Maxwell’s role in the trafficking ring was ‘worse’ than that of Epstein
Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers who testified against Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, said she felt ‘tremendous relief’ after the jury convicted the socialite of charges related to the abuse and sex trafficking of underage girls.
‘It’s a tremendous relief. I wasn’t sure that this day would ever come.’ Farmer, 42, said on Good Morning America on Thursday.
‘I just feel so grateful that the jury believed us and sent a strong message that perpetrators of sexual abuse and exploitation will be held accountable no matter how much power and privilege they have.’
Farmer – whose older sister Maria was the first person to report Epstein and Maxwell’s alleged sexual abuse of underage girls in 1996 – was only 16 when she was lured to the late pedophile’s New Mexico ranch and subjected to unwanted fondling by the pair.
According to her testimony, Maxwell played a ‘really important part of the grooming process’ in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, noting the pair ‘worked as a team’.
The British socialite was found guilty on five of six charges against her – all except enticing an individual under the age of 17 to travel with intent to engage in illegal sex act – and faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison. She will discover her fate on February 18 2022.
Annie Farmer (pictured on GMA Thursday), one of the four accusers who testified against Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, said she felt ‘tremendous relief’ after the jury convicted the socialite of charges related to the abuse and sex trafficking of underage girls
Maxwell, 60, maintains her innocence on all charges of procuring women – with her youngest alleged victim aged 14 – for Epstein and engaging in sexual assault against them herself.
Farmer, now a psychologist who treats patients who underwent similar experiences, is the only victim in the case who testified under her real name.
Her comments come as Epstein accusers Sarah Ransome and Virginia Giuffre are also spoke out about the Maxwell verdict, alleging her role in the trafficking ring was ‘worse’ than that of Epstein.
According to Farmer’s testimony, Maxwell played a ‘really important part of the grooming process’ in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, noting the pair ‘worked as a team’ (Pictured: Court sketches of Farmer, left, and Maxwell, right, drawn during Farmer’s Dec. 10 testimony)
During her Thursday morning interview, Farmer called Maxwell’s conviction an ‘important step towards justice’.
‘We have a lot of work to do in this country in terms of holding people accountable and educating about things like grooming,’ she said.
She said the combination of being giving lots of gifts and positive attention, while also being abused was hard to navigate, especially as a teen.
‘I didn’t know when I was 16, I had no idea, I hadn’t heard that term and didn’t understand what was happening to me,’ Farmer explained.
Annie Farmer (pictured as a young girl) says she was introduced to Epstein and Maxwell when she was 16
‘Looking back at the series of events now, it’s just clear how Maxwell was a really important part of the grooming process and they worked together as a team.’
While she believes Maxwell’s conviction is a step in the right direction, Farmer argues that America still needs to take further action to hold predators accountable.
‘I think justice is a complicated term,’ she said, reflecting on the verdict.
‘In this particular case there are, we know there were other people involved and other perpetrators and certainly hope that they will continue to investigate so others will be held accountable for the ways they abused people.’
She continued: ‘I think we have a lot of work to do and I hope to be part of it to continue to educate people and hold people accountable.’
Farmer has already taken steps to help other sex trafficking victims and treats patients who had similar experiences to her and the other Maxwell-Epstein victims.
‘Having the privilege of hearing so many stories from the people that I work with, I have really recognized that it’s a very rare opportunity to be able to be in court and tell your story,’ Farmer said Thursday.
‘And to be able to see the person who perpetrated the abuse held accountable.’
Farmer (pictured at Epstein’s 2019 bail hearing) alleged she was lured to the late pedophile’s New Mexico ranch and subjected to unwanted fondling by the Epstein and Maxwell
An undated picture of Jeffrey Epstein (right) with Ghislaine Maxwell (left) and a dog that was entered into evidence on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The photo was one of several recovered from Epstein’s Upper East Side NYC mansion during a 2019 FBI raid
Farmer’s claims were echoed Thursday morning by Sarah Ransome, who described Maxwell as someone was ‘supposed to be a protector and nurturer’.
She alleged Maxwell was actually worse than Epstein.
‘Women are supposed to look after each other. Human beings are supposed to look after each other and because she was a woman, she normalized abuse,’ Ransome told CBS Mornings Thursday, her voice shaking as she fought back tears.
‘She participated. She tortured me and – and others, and she’s worse than Jeffrey. She broke the sisterhood. She broke that bond. She was supposed to be a protector and nurturer, and she failed us.’
She added: ‘And she’ll have to live with that for the rest of her life.’
Ransome was recruited into the sex trafficking ring in 2016 when she was 22.
She settled a civil suit against Epstein and Maxwell in 2018, but notes the socialite’s guilty verdict has brought her some vindication.
Sarah Ransome, also speaking out Thursday morning, alleged Maxwell was actually worse than Epstein and said: ‘She tortured me and – and others, and she’s worse than Jeffrey. She was supposed to be a protector and nurturer, and she failed us.’
Ransome (pictured outside the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in New York on Nov. 29, 2021 during Maxwell’s trial) was recruited into the sex trafficking ring in 2016 when she was 22. She settled a civil suit against Epstein and Maxwell in 2018, but notes the socialite’s guilty verdict has brought her some vindication
‘I do feel vindicated. Well, I feel completely overwhelmed, for a start, and I never thought this day would ever happen,’ Ransome explained.
‘For me, it’s really important to thank the prosecutors and to thank the four incredibly brave, beautiful women that testified because without them – without their truth – we would never have got Ghislaine behind bars. We would never have had this verdict.’
She added: ‘So yes, this is justice. But this is just the beginning.’
Like Ransome, Virginia Giuffre – the most vocal accuser of Epstein and Maxwell – also alleged that Maxwell was ‘more evil than Epstein’.
Giuffre, who has also accused Prince Andrew of sexual assault, told The Cut Wednesday night the British socialite used her accent and her advantages as a woman to aide the billionaire pedophile in his crimes.
She said: ‘She was the devil’s right-hand man. She made these appointments for him, she actively went out there and scouted for new girls. She was part of the sexual encounters at times. To paint herself as just the ‘house manager’ is a load of crock.’
Giuffre claims Maxwell used her charm, wit and smile to gain victims’ trust.
Virginia Giuffre (left) was not included in the trial against Maxwell but has become one of the most well-known Epstein accusers. She called Maxwell the ‘devil’s right-hand man’ during a Wednesday night interview
The infamous photo of Virginia Roberts (Guiffre), Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell that was taken at Maxwell’s home in Belgravia
‘She’s definitely worse than Epstein,’ Giuffre added.
‘Epstein did a whole bunch of really bad stuff, acting on his sick urges. But Ghislaine facilitated it. She was the one out there bringing the girls in for him and participating in some of the sexual events. She’s worse to me, more evil than Epstein. What Ghislaine did to so many of us, it’s unforgivable.’
Giuffre, who was not included in Maxwell’s trial, said that for justice to be done, this has to be merely the beginning of people going to jail for crimes committed in Epstein’s orbit.
‘Let’s just say, it wasn’t just Jeffrey and Ghislaine who participated in this,’ she said.
‘Justice to me looks like holding all of these people involved in the sex ring, those who greased its wheels, named and shamed. I’m sick of carrying around that shame. That shame doesn’t belong to me. I think justice comes in many forms, and one area I want to change is the statute of limitations.’
Four victims testified in Maxwell’s trial, however Farmer was the only one to do so under her real name.
She first met Epstein in New York in 1995, according to her testimony. She said she was living in Phoenix, Arizona with her mother and younger sister at the time. Her older sister, Maria – who is nine years her elder – was living in New York and working for Epstein.
Maria mentioned that Farmer was looking at colleges and Epstein offered to fly the younger Farmer out to New York from Arizona.
Epstein later invited the then-16-year-old to visit his ranch in New Mexico for a weekend and she accepted, expecting that other students would be there as well.
When she arrived and found it was only her, Epstein and Maxwell, the weekend took an uncomfortable turn.
Farmer testified that she was introduced to Epstein by her older sister, Maria Farmer, in New York in 1995. Maria thought Epstein could help Farmer with her college search (Pictured: A courtroom sketch on Annie Farmer dated Dec. 10)
Epstein later invited the then-16-year-old to visit his ranch in New Mexico for a weekend and she accepted. Farmer (pictured in court on Dec. 10) alleged she was fondled and abused during this visit
An undated Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at the Queen’s log cabin at Glen Beg, Balmoral. This picture was also submitted as evidence during Maxwell’s trial
She said Epstein subjected her to more intimate touching, noting that one morning he came into her room and got into her bed because he wanted to cuddle.
She recalled Maxwell persuading her to give Epstein a foot massage and then teaching her how to do it.
Farmer said the encounter left her feeling ‘very uncomfortable, I didn’t want to be touching his foot’.
Maxwell also repeatedly asked her if she wanted a massage and wore her down until she finally undressed and got on a massage table, where Maxwell groped her bare chest, she claims.
Farmer testified: ‘I was wearing nothing. She told me to get undressed and lay under the sheet and I did.
‘She started rubbing my body, rubbing my back and she’s making small talk and then at some point she had me roll over so I was laying on my back.
‘She pulled the sheet down and exposed my breasts and started rubbing on my chest and upper breasts’.
‘I don’t think there was any reason for her to be touching me that way,’ she added.
Epstein did not participate in the massage, but Farmer sensed that he may have been watching the encounter.
Maria Farmer, who is not a part of this case, has said she was unaware of what went on with her sister at the New Mexico ranch until after her own abusive encounter with the pair.
Maria has also expressed guilt over having accidentally helped Maxwell and Epstein prey on her younger sister.
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