Ghis­laine‘ groped girl while Ep­stein watched her do it’

The Mail on Sunday - - Front Page - By Mark Hookham

SO­CIALITE Ghis­laine Maxwell al­legedly groped a teenage girl dur­ing a naked mas­sage while pae­dophile Jef­frey Ep­stein watched, a new book claims.

Maxwell, 58, al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted 16-year-old An­nie Farmer at Ep­stein’s 7,500- acre ranch in New Mex­ico, ac­cord­ing to the book by Bradley Ed­wards, a lawyer for more than 20 of Ep­stein’s vic­tims.

The book, from which we are sum­maris­ing sto­ries in The Mail on Sun­day, de­tails Maxwell’s al­leged role in re­cruit­ing and groom­ing un­der­age girls for Ep­stein. Ac­cord­ing to some ac­counts, she was even in­volved in some of the abuse her­self.

It raises se­ri­ous ques­tions as to why Maxwell, whose where­abouts have been a mys­tery for months, has never been charged with any wrong­do­ing. She has al­ways main­tained that al­le­ga­tions against her are ab­hor­rent and un­true. The book also claims that: Maxwell, Ep­stein’s ex-girl­friend, was at the wed­ding of for­mer US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s daugh­ter Chelsea in July 2010, a year af­ter Ep­stein was re­leased from jail as a con­victed sex of­fender;

She loved to take nude pho­to­graphs of girls and al­legedly took many of the pic­tures dis­played on the walls of Ep­stein’s man­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to one wit­ness, she felt ‘in­debted’ to Ep­stein for help­ing her fol­low­ing the mys­te­ri­ous death in 1991 of her father, dis­graced ty­coon Robert Maxwell;

Ep­stein ‘wasn’t be­yond killing some­one’ to keep his sex ad­dic­tion alive, the wit­ness claimed.

An­nie Farmer, now 40, helped keep Ep­stein be­hind bars last July af­ter giv­ing ev­i­dence about her or­deal as a teenager dur­ing a bail hear­ing. The fi­nancier was found dead in his cell the fol­low­ing month. Ms Farmer is now su­ing Ep­stein’s es­tate and Maxwell in the New York district court for dam­ages.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Farmer’s tes­ti­mony, de­tailed in the book, she was flown to the fi­nancier’s vast Zorro Ranch af­ter he of­fered to pay for her to at­tend a sum­mer ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme in Thai­land.

The book sets out how Ep­stein and Maxwell took her shop­ping be­fore re­turn­ing to the ranch, where the teenager mod­elled a pair of cow­boy boots they bought her.

She claims Ep­stein then said she ‘de­served a mas­sage’.

‘She felt un­com­fort­able be­cause Ghis­laine made her get naked be­fore cov­er­ing her with a sheet,’ Ed­wards writes of her tes­ti­mony.

She claims that Ghis­laine then mas­saged her. At one point, Ms Farmer al­leges Ghis­laine pulled the cov­ers off, ex­pos­ing her breasts be­fore be­gin­ning to mas­sage them. When the mas­sage was over, Ms Farmer says she stood up and re­alised that Jef­frey had been watch­ing them the en­tire time.

Maxwell is ac­cused of re­cruit­ing Vir­ginia Roberts, who al­leges she was forced to have sex with Prince An­drew when she was 17.

The book claims the Clin­ton fam­ily con­tin­ued to be closely linked to Maxwell, even af­ter Ep­stein was con­victed as a sex of­fender in 2008. A spokesman for Mr Clin­ton last year said he knew ‘noth­ing about the ter­ri­ble crimes’ Ep­stein had pleaded guilty to or those he was charged with last year.

A s p o k e s ma n for Chelsea Clin­ton and her hus­band has said they only be­came aware of the ‘hor­rific al­le­ga­tions against Ghis­laine Maxwell’ in 2015.

‘Maxwell loved to take nude pho­tos of the girls ’

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