The prosecutors in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell closed her case after two weeks of testimony.

Annie Farmer, the last of four alleged victims to testify, spoke on Friday of the “dark memory” of the abuse by Ms. Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.

Ms. Farmer, now 42, said she was groped by Ms. Maxwell, who is accused of caring for underage girls for Epstein between 1994 and 2004.

Ms. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight charges against her.

For the past two weeks, prosecutors have tried to portray her as an accomplice to Epstein, a convicted sex offender, calling her “partners in crime” who had “built a pyramid scheme of abuse”.

Epstein was convicted of state sex crimes in Florida in 2008, but died of suicide in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial on state sex trafficking charges.

Ms. Maxwell’s defense says she will be scapegoated for the crimes Epstein committed for being unable to stand on trial.

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In contrast to the three women before her who used pseudonyms for their testimony, Ms. Farmer took a stand by saying, “I’m Annie Farmer.”

Previously, she and her sister Maria were among the first alleged victims to accuse Epstein and Ms. Maxwell of abuse.

The New York court heard her come to the two on Friday.

Her sister, a painter, worked for Epstein and acquired art on his behalf when he offered to help her study, Ms. Farmer said.

Epstein bought her a plane ticket to New York, she said, and later took her to a movie, where he “patted” her hand and “rubbed” her leg, only stopped when her sister looked over at them. She was then 16 years old.

“I felt sick in my stomach,” said Ms. Farmer. “I didn’t expect that at all.”

A few months later, she first met Mrs. Maxwell at Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in New Mexico.

It felt like it was a college student event, but there were no other students when it arrived.

She remembered Epstein and Mrs. Maxwell “appearing intimate” as if they were romantic partners.

She said Mrs. Maxwell “instructed” her to massage Epstein and show her how to do it. “I did what she told me,” said Ms. Farmer. “I felt very uncomfortable. I wanted to quit.”

Ms. Farmer pointed to the defendant in court, accusing Ms. Maxwell of forcing her to strip and massage her bare breasts. You had a “feeling” that Epstein was watching, said Ms. Farmer.

Upon returning home, Ms. Farmer said she told her mother that she had not been raped, but did not want to talk about what had happened.

Ms. Maxwell’s attorneys denied Ms. Farmer’s testimony, claiming that parts of her story were unsupported by evidence.

Lawyer Laura Menninger also questioned whether her testimony had been influenced by money or the statements of other accusers.

Ms. Farmer confirmed Friday that she had $ 1.5 million

She also said she was in a WhatsApp group with other Epstein victims and in email contact with Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s most vocal accusers.

Prosecutors initially asked three weeks to present their arguments, but got through the case faster than expected.

Ms. Maxwell’s attorneys will be telling their side of the story next week.

This process is incredibly quick. The public prosecutor’s office had expected about four weeks, but then filed their case after 10 days. There is no doubt that they have experienced setbacks. There were witnesses they could not name, including one of the prosecutor’s brothers. And the judge ruled that these alleged sexual encounters were not illegal as two of the four women had reached or exceeded the legal age at the time and place in question.

That is not to say that they cannot prove their case beyond doubt. Epstein’s former employees consistently placed Ghislaine Maxwell as a key figure in Epstein’s life – as the lady of the house and his number two. Several workers also identified one of the underage girls in the case, Jane, and another teenage girl, Virginia Roberts, with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

The heart of their case, however, is of course the emotional and vivid testimony of the alleged victims, each of whom were subjected to intensive cross-examination. The attacks by the defense on her and her memories have been irritated and heated several times. Ultimately, after Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys present their case, the only thing that counts is who the judges believe did a better job.

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