Another one of Jeffery Epstein’s victims has gone public, according to the Miami Herald. Epstein is a billionaire sex offender who was convicted of soliciting underage girls for prostitution. On Tuesday, the victim filed a sworn affidavit in New York saying she was sexually assaulted and her sister, who was 15 at the time, was molested by Epstein and his friend, Ghislaine Maxwell in 1996.
Maria Farmer, who was 26 at the time, was employed by Epstein and often saw “school-age girls” wearing uniforms come to his New York mansion and go upstairs. Farmer was told that the girls were auditioning to be models.
Farmer, now 47, reported her assault to the police in 1996. At the time she was an art student in New York. She says the FBI took no action against Epstein or Maxwell.
“To my knowledge, I was the first person to report Maxwell and Epstein to the FBI. It took a significant amount of bravery for me to make that call because I knew how incredibly powerful and influential both Epstein and Maxwell were, particularly in the art community,’’ she wrote.
Farmer alleges that Epstein took her and her younger sister to a movie in New York. He rubbed her sister in an inappropriate way and then flew the 15-year-old girl to his ranch in New Mexico, telling her mother that he would help the girl with her education. Instead, Epstein and Maxwell told the young girl to take off all her clothes and sexually assaulted her.
Farmer says she came forward finally in order to support Giuffre.
“I have struggled throughout my entire life as a direct result of Epstein and Maxwell’s actions against me and my hope is that they will be held accountable for their crimes. While I am still afraid, I am coming forward because I think it is so important to do so,’’ she said.
Farmer’s affidavit is one of 15 exhibits used for a defamation complaint against Alan Dershowitz, one of Epstein’s attorneys. It was filed in federal court by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, another one of Epstein’s victims.
Giuffre says that Dershowitz knew about and participated in the sex trafficking operation. She also says she was forced to have sex with Dershowitz and other men when she was underage. Dershowitz denies the allegations, claiming that he has never met Giuffre.
“No sensible person looks forward to litigation,’’ Giuffre said in a statement. “And I know that standing up for myself and others will cause Mr. Dershowitz and Mr. Epstein to redouble their efforts to destroy me and my reputation. But I can no longer sit by and not respond. As my complaint shows, my abusers have sought to conceal their guilt behind a curtain of lies. My complaint calls for the accounting to which I, and their other victims, are entitled.”
Giuffre’s lawsuit attempts to separately discredit every statement that Dershowitz has made. For example, Dershowitz said he’s never seen any underage girls when he visited Epstein at his various homes. Yet, Farmer claims that this is incorrect. “On a number of occasions I witnessed Dershowitz at the NY mansion going upstairs at the same time there were young girls under the age of 18 who were present upstairs in the house,’’ she said.
Another woman has submitted an affidavit with the lawsuit about sex she says she had with Dershowitz. Sarah Ransome says she was introduced to Epstein at the age of 22. Epstein allegedly “lent” her to his friends for sex, including Dershowitz. “I recall specific, key details of his person and the sex acts and can describe them in the event it becomes necessary to do so,’’ Ransome said in the affidavit.
Dershowitz denounced the allegations and said he can “disprove them.”
Giuffre’s allegations against Dershowitz became public in 2014. Dershowitz attempted to get Giuffre to issue a statement saying she had been mistaken. Dershowitz tried to discredit both Giuffre and Ransome.
Dershowitz still represents Epstein, who accepted an illegally brokered non-prosecution agreement. In February, a federal judge ruled that the deal violated the Crime Victims’ Right Act, meaning that the deal must now be reviewed by the Justice Department.
Epstein’s deal allowed him to plead guilty to two prostitution charges and serve 18 months in county jail, of which he ended up only serving 13. During his sentence, most of his time was spent on work release, meaning he was allowed to leave the jail for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, to go to his West Palm Beach office.
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