Transcript shows Ghislaine Maxwell blocked journalist from revealing abuse in 2002

Transcript shows Ghislaine Maxwell blocked journalist from revealing abuse in 2002
‘It is so repellent and disgusting to me and so thoroughly and absolutely untrue,’ Maxwell told journalist about abuse she was later convicted of

吉斯莱恩麦克斯韦 pressured a former名利场 journalist to drop a story which was about to reveal how the socialite had groped the breasts of a teenager at 杰弗里爱泼斯坦New Mexico ranch.

The convicted child sex-trafficker warned Vicky Ward in 2002 against publishing an interview with Annie Farmer, whose testimony in a Manhattan federal courthouse helped secure five guilty verdicts on sex-trafficking and grooming charges.

Ms Ward, the host and producer of new documentary Chasing Ghislaine, released a full transcript of the interview on her Maxwell Unfiltered substack in which Maxwell claimed Ms Farmer had lied about the encounter.

A furious Maxwell calls Ms Farmer a “liar” and pleads with Ms Ward not to run the article.

“Vicky, it is so repellent and disgusting to me and so thoroughly and absolutely untrue, in every respect, in every which way,” Maxwell said, according to the transcript.

“I just can’t even think how to respond to something so horrible. The implication is thoroughly outrageous. Thoroughly untrue. And in every which way disgusting. And I cannot be party to anything like that.

“These are two girls that benefited greatly from Jeffrey’s generosity, and absolutely nothing untoward in any stretch of the imagination ever took place with them.”

Vicky Ward interviewed Annie Farmer about being groomed and given a sexualised massage by Ghislaine Maxwell in 2002

Ms Farmer told Ms Ward she was lured to Epstein’s Zorro ranch in 1996 老龄化 16 after being told the late paedophile would pay for her college tuition fees.

But once there, she told the jury how Maxwell performed a sexualised massage on her as a precursor to Epstein’s abuse.

Ms Farmer’s story has remained consistent over the years; she recounted it again in an interview for the 2020 Netflix documentary 杰弗里爱泼斯坦: Filthy Rich.

She was the only one of four victims to testify under her own name during Maxwell’s trial, and has been widely praised for her bravery in coming forward.

Prosecutors also called Ms Farmer’s mother, Janice Swain, and former boyfriend David Mulligan, who corroborated her testimony.

Annie Farmer was the sole witness to testify under her full name during the trial

Defence attorney Laura Menninger attacked Ms Farmer’s credibility on the stand, at one point asking if telling her story publicly had helped her career as a psychologist.

Writing on Substack, Ms Ward said the transcript of her conversation with Maxwell is revealing because “it tells usin her own wordswho Maxwell really is and what she values”.

Maxwell declined to testify in her own defence. Instead her attorneys attacked the credibility of the victims, painting them as unreliable witnesses who were motivated by money.

Ms Farmer and her sister Maria were interviewed by Ms Ward in 2002, but their allegations of abuse were edited out of an infamous 名利场 article, “The Talented Mr Epstein”.

前任的 名利场 editor Graydon Carter has said the allegations by the Farmer sisters were removed because they failed to meet the magazine’s editorial standards.

“We had great lawyers and a great fact-checking team and a great legal editor, and the accusations didn’t make it into print,” Mr Carter told the New York Times 在 2019.

Ms Ward refutes this, saying in numerous interviews that she was told to tone the piece down by Mr Carter.

“It came down to my sources’ word against Epstein’s.” she wrote for 每日野兽 在 2015.

“At the time Graydon believed Epstein.”

麦克斯韦, 60, was found guilty on five of the six counts she faced, including sex-trafficking a minor. She faces a maximum sentence of 65 入狱年.

星期四, Ms Farmer told 美国广播公司 早安美国 the verdicts were “one important step” towards justice.

“It’s a tremendous relief,“ 她说.

“I wasn’t sure that this day would ever come.”