Another alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein has filed a lawsuit claiming that the billionaire pedophile sexually assaulted her and her 15-year-old sister back in 1996. Filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday, Maria Farmer, a former art student, says Epstein hired her in 1995 to help curate pieces to furnish his Upper East Side New
Another alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein has filed a lawsuit claiming that the billionaire pedophile sexually assaulted her and her 15-year-old sister back in 1996.
Filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday, Maria Farmer, a former art student, says Epstein hired her in 1995 to help curate pieces to furnish his Upper East Side New York apartment, as well as making a note of who entered and left the property.
During her time under his employment, Farmer – 26 at the time – says she witnessed a ‘number of school age-girls’ dressed in their uniforms coming into the mansion and going upstairs. According to court documents, Farmer was told the girls were coming to the home to audition for ‘modelling’ work.
Now 49, Farmer then claims it was around the same time that Epstein and his friend, Ghislane Maxwell, a British socialite, took a particular interest in her 15-year-old sister.
She alleges that the pair flew her sister with them to a ranch in New Mexico in 1996, where they forced her to strip naked on a massage table and then sexually groped her.
Just days before, Farmer says Epstein had taken both her and her unnamed sister to see a movie in New York where he allegedly started rubbing the minor between her legs.
Another alleged victim of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein (pictured in February) has filed a lawsuit claiming to have been sexually assaulted by him in 1996
Maria Farmer (pictured), now 49, said she started working for Epstein in 1995, where she worked as an art curator for his Upper East Side Manhattan mansion
As detailed in court documents, Epstein and friend Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured right), flew Farmer’s 15-year-old sister out to a ranch in New Mexico and molested her
Farmer also says that she herself abused by Epstein and Maxwell around the same time, while working at one of the financier’s associate’s mansion in Ohio during the summer.
She says the pair escorted her to a bedroom in the 30-room property where they both proceeded to sexual assault her.
Farmer said the fled to room and and attempted to call the local Sheriff’s office, but received no response. When she tried to leave the property, she says security staff at the estate refused to let her leave.
‘I was held against my will for 12 hours until I was ultimately allowed to leave with my father,’ she says in the affidavit.
Upon her release, she immediately reported both of the assaults to the New York Police Department, before reiterating the allegations to the FBI later that year.
‘To my knowledge, I was the first person to report Maxwell and Epstein to the FBI,’ Farmer writes in the affidavit. ‘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.’
The 49-year-old says she has finally come forward in the hope of that Epstein and Maxwell will be punished for the acts of abuse.
‘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,’ she said in the affidavit.
‘While I am still afraid, I am coming forward because I think it is so important to do so.’
Farmer’s allegations come as one of 15 exhibits attached to a defamation complaint filed by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, against the billionaire’s attorney, Alan Dershowitz.
In her lawsuit, Giuffre claims that Dershowitz, 80, was aware of Epstein and Maxwell’s reported sex trafficking operation involving under-age girls, helped to orchestrate it, and was even complicit in participating in sordid sexual acts.
A teenage runaway, Giuffre was working at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in 2000 when she was recruited to be a ‘masseuse’ for Epstein in Palm Beach. It was from that point that she said she became embroiled in a life of sexual abuse and depravity.
Just 16 at the time, Giuffre says she was actually recruited to be a sex slave for Epstein for two-years, where she was ‘regularly abused’ by him and forced to engage in sexual acts with Dershowitz and other wealthy associates of Epstein.
Farmer’s allegations come as one of 15 exhibits attached to a defamation complaint filed by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre (pictured)
Giuffre (pictured with Prince Andrew) says she was recruited as a sex slave for Epstein between 1999 and 2001, where she was ‘regularly abused’ by him
She also claims that Epstein’s attorney, Alan Dershowitz, was complicit in the reported sex trafficking scheme, in which she was forced to regularly engage in sexual relations with him
Dershowitz has continuously refuted Giuffre’s account of his involvement, insisting he has never met the complainant and claims to have documents to prove that her allegations are false.
When his client was arrested for sex trafficking in 2006 on charges relating to Giuffre’s complaints, Dershowitz called her, and other children who Epstein was said to have abused, ‘liars and prostitutes’.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday, Dershowitz branded Giuffre a ‘fake Metoo victim’ and insisted the lawsuit is the ‘opportunity I’ve been looking for’.
‘I now have subpoena power and the ability to prove that this woman has committed perjury and has made up the whole story about me.’
He went on to call the complainant an ‘inveterate liar’, with a ‘long, long history of lying’.
‘She has claimed to have sex with virtually everyone under the sun from the former majority leader of the United States Senate, to the former Prime Minister of Israel, to the former ambassador to the United Nations, to the inventor of artificial intelligence, to Leslie Wexner, the owner of Victoria’s Secret.
‘And she’s going to have to testify to that in court. And the end result is she going to go to perjury because I am asking the FBI to come to the trial and to listen to my testimony and to listen to hers.’
The affidavit attached to the lawsuit by Farmer is said to have been used to bolster Giuffre’s claims that Dershowitz has both maliciously and intentionally spread false information for Epstein, in order to deter her and other accusers from speaking out.
Despite his protests of innocence, Giuffre believe Dershowitz is ‘hiding behind a curtain of lies’.
‘No sensible person looks forward to litigation, 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,’ Giuffre said in a statement to the Miami Herald.
‘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,’ she continued.
Dershowitz, however, is saying he is relishing the chance to prove Giuffre is lying. He has previously publicly declared a willingness to take her case to trial in order for settle the matter once and for all.
‘Virtually everything in the complaint is false, and I will be able to disprove all of this in a court of law. I have told the truth throughout and I’ll be able to prove it. … I never met her, I never heard of her,’ he told the outlet in response.
In an unspecified television interview, he is also said to have offered to waiver the statute of limitations so Giuffre could sue him for sex abuse, as detailed in the lawsuit.
However, once Giuffre’s legal team requested him to do so, Dershowitz is said to have refused – ‘and continues to refuse’ even now, the documents claim.
Epstein (pictured left with Donald Trump in 1997), a former Wall Street Financier, was convicted in 2008 of soliciting an underage girl for sex. He served 13-months in jail and was required to register as a sex offender. Virginia Giuffre had been working at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort when she was recruited to be a ‘masseuse’ for Epstein
Dershowitz (pictured right with Epstein) has repeatedly said he never saw young girls in the homes of his client and didn’t engage in any sexual acts himself. However, eye witness testimony submitted in Tuesday’s affidavit claims otherwise
Giuffre’s lawsuit doesn’t offer any evidence that she ever had sex with Dershowitz or provide concrete dates on which the alleged abuse is said to have occurred.
However, the victim claims the acts took place in several locations on a number of occasions, including in Epstein’s East 71st Street home.
The affidavit also offers a number of examples of statements issued by Dershowitz protesting his innocence, which the plaintiff claims to have proof to discredit.
In one such statement, Dershowitz previously said he had never seen any underage girls in Epstein’s residence during any of his visits to his client’s homes in Palm Beach, New Mexico or New York.
However, Farmer’s excerpt alleges that she regularly saw young girls entering and leaving the home during her time under Epstein’s employment.
‘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,’ Farmer asserts in the affidavit.
But the defendant says such a claim cannot be true because he says he didn’t meet Epstein until August 1996.
‘I was never upstairs in Jeffrey Epstein’s apartment, never ever,’ Dershowitz rebutted to the Miami Herald. ‘I would not have felt comfortable going upstairs because I didn’t know [Epstein] very well then.’
In her allegations, Farmer didn’t offer a timeline of dates for when she reportedly saw Dershowitz in the presence of young girls at the home.
But her claims are backed-up by the former house manager of Epstein’s Palm Beach residence, Alfredo Rodriguez, who also once told investigators that he observed Dershowitz in the company of young girls and other woman at the waterfront mansion.
Rodriguez later died in prison, having been prosecuted for the FBI for obstructing justice when he tried to sell Epstein’s ‘little black book’, detailing all associates of the billionaire, along with a long list of female masseuses.
Farmer’s excerpt alleges that she regularly saw young girls – dressed in school uniform – entering and leaving Epstein’s home during her time under the billionaire’s employment
Farmer’s claims that Dershowitz was regularly in the company of young girls in Epstein’s home was backed up by former property manager Alfredo Rodriguez, who later died in prison
In an additional affidavit submitted as part of the lawsuit, Sarah Ransome says she also had sex with Dershowitz, after being ‘lent out’ to him by Epstein.
She says she was 22 when she was first introduced to the billionaire, having sex with his attorney on a number of occasions, including a three-way encounter with Dershowitz and Nadia Marcinkova, another young adult working for Epstein, in New York.
‘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 claims in the affidavit.
Dershowitz has repeatedly denounced the claims of Giuffre and Ransome, and on March 2, 2019 declared: ‘I hereby accuse my false accusers of committing the felony of perjury and challenge them to sue me for defamation.’
Speaking to DailyMail.com, he said: ‘And I’m repeating the defamation right now. She claims I defamed her by calling her a perjurer, I am now telling you that I’m calling her a perjurer.
‘And the first thing I will say in court is that I am saying right here, right now, that she’s a perjurer.’
Dershowitz dismissed suggestions the suit had anything to do with the Me Too Movement because he insists he has never met Roberts.
‘In every other Me Too case the people knew each other, they had a relationship, they worked together,’ he added.
‘In this case I never met this woman. She made up the whole story from beginning to end.
‘She hurts the Me Too movement terribly because when it’s proved she lied for money the real victims will be people who have really been abused. She is a fake victim.’
The Harvard lawyer and TV law expert exclusively told DailyMail.com he welcomes the chance to prove that the claims made by Roberts, who now goes by Virginia Giuffre, were false
Giuffre and Sarah Ransome claim in court papers they was forced to engage in sexual acts with Dershowitz at Epstein’s mansion on the Upper East Side in New York City (pictured), as well as other locations, but Dershowitz says he never even met either of the victims
Dershowitz dismissed suggestions the suit had anything to do with the Me Too Movement because he insists he has never met Roberts. ‘In every other Me Too case the people knew each other, they had a relationship, they worked together,’ he added
Epstein, a former Wall Street Financier, was convicted in 2008 for soliciting two girls as young as 14 for underage sex. He served just 13-months in jail and was required to register as a sex offender as part of a non-prosecution deal struck with the state.
The now 66-year-old was accused of abusing more than 40 teenage girls as part of the lawsuit.
In February, a federal judge ruled that the sentence, secured in a plea deal, had been illegally brokered by former US Attorney Alexander Acosta and other prosecutors, in violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
The deal is now being reviewed by the Justice Department in addition to Acosta’s handling of the case.
‘Jeffrey Epstein is a child rapist and there’s not a single mom or dad in America who shouldn’t be horrified by the fact that he received a pathetically soft sentence,’ U.S. Senator Ben Sasse said after the investigation commenced.
‘The victims of Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring deserve this investigation – and so do the American people and members of law enforcement who work to put these kinds of monsters behind bars.’
Epstein was spotted for the first time in nearly three years in February, as he left his luxe Manhattan townhouse, shortly after the investigation was launched.
After several years of abuse, Giuffre eventually escaped Epstein’s grasp in September 2002, after she was allegedly sent by the billionaire to Thailand where she was instructed to being a ‘young girl’ back to the US for him, according to court documents.
Fearing for her life and unwilling to subject another girl to the abuse that she endured, Giuffre fled to from Thailand to Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children.