Two weeks of testimony has resulted in the dismissal of Ghislaine Maxwell, the sex-trafficking case against her.
Annie Farmer is the final of the four victims who will testify.
Now 42 years old, Ms Farmer claimed she was groped and abused by Ms Maxwell. Ms Maxwell is charged with grooming girls underage for Epstein in 1994-2004.
Eight charges have been brought against Ms Maxwell.
The prosecution tried to portray her, over the last two weeks as an accomplice of Epstein, who was a convicted sexual offender.
Epstein, who was convicted in Florida of state sex crime in 2008 and committed suicide while waiting for trial on federal charges related to sex trafficking in 2019, was in prison.
Defense lawyers for Ms Maxwell claim that she is made a scapegoat by Epstein’s crimes, as he cannot face trial.
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Contrary to the other three women who testified under pseudonyms, Ms Farmer stood with her words “I am Annie Farmer”
Maria was her sister and one of the first to be accused by Epstein and Maxwell.
On Friday, New York’s court heard how the woman had reached out to her and met them.
Epstein’s sister was a painter. He had helped her get into college when Ms Farmer suggested that she help.
Epstein purchased her a ticket to New York and then took her to see a movie. He “caressed” her hand, “rubbed” her leg and kissed her, stopping only when she looked at him. At that time she was only 16 years of age.
Ms Farmer described feeling sick and dizzy. It wasn’t what I expected.
A few months later she was able to meet Ms Maxwell at Epstein’s Zorro Ranch, New Mexico.
It was supposed to be an event only for college-bound students. However, she found no other students when she arrived.
She recalls how Epstein was “appeared intimate” with Ms Maxwell as though they were romance partners.
Ms. Maxwell, she claimed, had instructed her to massage Epstein. She showed her how. Ms Farmer said that she did exactly what she instructed. “I felt very uncomfortable. “I wanted to stop.”
Ms Farmer pointed at Ms Maxwell in court and accused her of making her undress and massaging the breasts. Ms Farmer stated that she had “sensed” Epstein was looking at her.
When Ms Farmer returned home from work, she said that she told her mother she wasn’t raped and didn’t want to discuss what happened.
Defense lawyers representing Ms Maxwell dismissed Ms Farmer’s testimony. They claimed that parts of Farmer’s story weren’t supported by evidence.
Laura Menninger, Attorney asked if Laura’s testimony was influenced in any way by the statements of others.
Ms Farmer confirmed on Friday that she had received $1.5m (£1.1m) from a victim compensation fund created by the late financier’s estate.
Additionally, she stated that she was in a WhatsApp Group with Epstein victims as well as in email communication with Virginia Giuffre. Virginia Giuffre has been a prominent Epstein accuser.
Initially, the Prosecutors requested three weeks for their arguments. However, they moved faster than expected and have now completed the case.
The story will be told by lawyers for Ms Maxwell next week.
This trial moves at a rapid pace. They had expected that the trial would take approximately four weeks. However, after ten days they decided to end their case. It’s evident that they have faced many setbacks. They could not call witnesses, one of which was the brother of one accuser. Judge ruled that the sexual encounters were legal because all four of them were either at or above the age of consent.
However, that doesn’t mean they will not be able show their case beyond any reasonable doubt. Epstein’s past staff all identified Ghislaine Maxiwell as being the woman of the house, and the number two. Many employees identified Jane (an underage girl in the case) and Virginia Roberts (a teenager), as having seen Epstein and Ghislaine Maxiwell.
The heart of their case, however, is the graphic and emotional testimony of each of the victims who were subject to intense cross-examination. Their memories and defense attacks got heated and testy many times. After Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys presented their case, it was decided that the jury had a superior job.
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