© Reuters. PHOTOGRAPHY: Ghislaine Maxwell, associate of Jeffrey Epstein accused of sex trafficking, attends a trial in a sketch in a courtroom in New York, USA, December 8, 2021. REUTERS / Jane Rosenberg
By Luc Cohen
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fourth prosecutor Ghislaine Maxwell testified Friday at a trial for sexually abusing a British person, recalling the late financier Jeffrey Epstein climbed into bed with her on his ranch in New Mexico when she was 16 years old.
The testimony of the woman, Annie Farmer, comes after the prosecution said it could complete its evidence by the end of the week.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges for her alleged role in recruiting and grooming four teenagers for abusing Epstein between 1994 and 2004. Her lawyers say she is a scapegoat because Epstein is no longer alive.
Farmer said she was 16 when she visited Epstein and Maxwell on a ranch in the spring of 1996. Her older sister Maria was working for Epstein in New York at the time, and Farmer said she believes it will help her pay for college.
While on the ranch, Maxwell offered Farmer a massage, Farmer testified. The farmer agreed to a massage and took off her clothes, she said. Maxwell touched Farmer’s chest during the massage, Farmer said.
“When she pulled the sheet, I felt kind of frozen,” Farmer said.
Later during the trip, Farmer said Epstein entered her room and climbed into bed with her.
“Suddenly, Epstein somehow opened the door for me, running into the room in a playful way, saying he wanted to cuddle,” Farmer said, adding that Epstein “pressed his body into me.”
She said she became embarrassed and said she had to use the bathroom, which she described as an “excuse” to run away from Epstein.
The financier killed himself at the age of 66 in 2019 in a prison cell in Manhattan while awaiting trial on charges of sexual abuse.
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