People stand on trial before the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, USA, 10 December 2021.
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A fourth accuser for Ghislaine Maxwell testified Friday for sexual abuse of the British personality, recalling late financier Jeffrey Epstein bedding her on his New Mexico ranch when she was 16 years old.
Ms. Annie Farmer’s testimony comes after prosecutors announced that her case may be closed by the end of the week.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty of abuse on eight sex trafficking and other charges relating to 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.
Farmer said she was 16 when she visited Epstein and Maxwell at the ranch in the spring of 1996. Her older sister Maria was working for Epstein in New York at the time, and Farmer said she believed he would help pay for her college education.
At the ranch, Maxwell offered to give farmers a massage, Farmer said. Farmer consented to the massage and undressed, she said. Maxwell touched Farmer’s breasts during the massage, Farmer said.
“I felt kind of frozen when she pulled the sheet down,” Farmer said.
Later during the trip, Farmer said Epstein came into her room and climbed into bed with her.
“Suddenly Epstein somehow opened my door, playfully jumped into the room and said he wanted to cuddle,” Farmer said, adding that Epstein was “pushing his body into me”.
She said she was uncomfortable and said she needed to use the bathroom, which she described as an “excuse” to get away from Epstein.
The financier killed himself in a Manhattan prison cell in 2019, aged 66, while awaiting trial for sexual abuse.