Final Ghislaine Maxwell Accuser Takes Stand, Makes Distressing Allegations

Final Ghislaine Maxwell Accuser Takes Stand, Makes Distressing Allegations
Ghislaine Maxwell is seen in New York City on Sept. 20, 2013. (Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
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The fourth and final victim took the stand Friday during Ghislaine Maxwell's federal sex-trafficking trial, testifying that the British socialite made sexual advances toward her and touched her inappropriately.

Annie Farmer, the alleged victim, used her true identity. Three prior alleged victims used pseudonyms or their first names.

During her testimony, Farmer said she was 16 when she visited Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who was found dead in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell, at his New Mexico ranch in 1996. She said her older sister had worked for Epstein at the time.

At one point at the ranch, Maxwell inappropriately touched her.

"Once she pulled down the sheet, I felt kind of frozen," Farmer testified on Friday, according to reporters in the court. Later on during the trip, she added, Epstein came into her bed where she was sleeping before she excused herself to go to the bathroom.

Epstein and Maxwell allegedly sexually assaulted her older sister, Mara, in Ohio, according to court filings in a separate case.

Maxwell is accused of recruiting and grooming girls to be abused by Epstein between 1994 and 2004. She has pleaded not guilty to six counts stemming from the alleged abuse of four victims, including sex trafficking of a minor and enticement of a minor.

On Tuesday, a woman who used her first name, Carolyn, claimed Maxwell also inappropriately touched her and said she would be "great" for "Epstein and his friends," although she was 14 at the time. Other witnesses included some testimony about Epstein's and Maxwell's connections to high-profile individuals including former President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, and others.

For years, Farmer has spoken against Epstein and Maxwell, including during a 2019 court hearing after Epstein's arrest. She referred to Maxwell as a "sexual predator" at her bail hearing months ago, adding that the "danger Maxwell poses must be taken seriously."

Maxwell, 59, has denied charges she groomed underage girls for Epstein, who was convicted of sex trafficking in 2008. Her lawyers say the government is making her a scapegoat for alleged sex crimes committed by her onetime boyfriend.

She has remained in prison since she was arrested in New Hampshire in July 2020. A medical examiner's office ruled several years ago that Epstein killed himself while in jail in 2019 on separate sex trafficking charges, although because of his connections to high-profile politicians, celebrities, and business leaders, there has been rampant speculation about his cause of death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.