Ghislaine Maxwell’s fourth accuser reads meeting Epstein in newspaper

NEW YORK, Dec.10 (Reuters) – A fourth accuser of Ghislaine Maxwell testified at the British socialite’s sexual abuse trial on Friday and read a decades-old diary entry about how Jeffrey Epstein fondled her in a movie theater when she was 16.

The testimony of the woman, Annie Farmer, comes as the prosecution has said it could close its case by the end of the week.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges for his alleged role in recruiting and preparing four teenagers for Epstein to abuse Epstein between 1994 and 2004. His lawyers say she’s a scapegoat because Epstein is no longer alive.

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Farmer was under 18 when Maxwell gave her an unsolicited massage while Farmer was topless as part of a program to prepare her for Epstein’s abuse, according to a 2021 indictment, which calls Farmer a “minor victim-2”.

Farmer recalled a trip to New York City on Friday to visit his older sister Maria in December 1995, when Farmer was 16. His sister was working for Epstein at the time, and Farmer recalled that Epstein had suggested he could help Farmer pay for his education.

Farmer read in a newspaper that she held how Epstein held her hand and stroked her as she sat next to her in a movie theater.

“It was one of those things that just gave me a weird feeling, but it was one of those things that wasn’t that weird and probably normal,” she read. “I didn’t cut, I couldn’t tell Maria anything about it because she loves it.”

The financier committed suicide at age 66 in 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial for sexual abuse.

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Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York Editing by Frances Kerry, Noeleen Walder, Alistair Bell and Mark Porter

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