Jeffrey Epstein victim claims Ghislaine Maxwell 'was definitely the mastermind' and 'more sinister than him'

GHISLAINE Maxwell was "definitely the mastermind" behind Jeffrey Epstein's crimes and "more sinister than him", one of the couple's accusers has alleged.

Maria Farmer, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by the pair in 1996, was speaking after British socialite Maxwell was denied bail by a New York court.

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Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire at the start of July, 11 months after former boyfriend Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.

She is accused of having played a central role in procuring young girls for Epstein to abuse, though denies any wrongdoing.

She currently faces charges of child sex trafficking, enticement of minors, and perjury, and was this week denied bail by a judge at a federal court in Manhattan.

Speaking after the decision, Farmer alleged while speaking to the Mail: "That woman was much more sinister than Epstein, and to me, much more dangerous.

"She was definitely the mastermind. She was in charge."

Farmer has previously recounted how she first encountered the paid at her graduation show at the New York Academy of Art in 1995.

She had already sold some of her work, but was approached by the school's dean and told that Epstein and Maxwell, important patrons at the time, would instead be buying it and for a reduced price.

She then began working for Epstein, and has alleged that both he and Maxwell sexually assaulted her during a trip to a secluded Ohio estate in the summer of 1996.

Her younger sister, Annie Farmer, has also accused the pair of abusing her during a visit to Epstein's ranch in New Mexico.


Maria claimed Maxwell would behave like a "cool sister" and played a central role in helping to groom her.

"[Maxwell] made you feel special and safe," she said.

"[She] would just dote on you — make you’d feel like you’d won the lottery."

But she added that Maxwell would have "psychotic" outbursts that "scared [her] to death", and that Epstein would then comfort her as part of a "good cop, bad cop" routine.

"What made her tick was power and control over vulnerable people," Maria claimed.

"She was an emotional terrorist with a sado-masochistic side. She enjoyed harming people and having that power and control." 

"Epstein definitely had a dark side, but Maxwell would turn on a dime into a very malicious, brutal human being ."

Maxwell's trial is now scheduled to begin in July 2021, and she faces a prison sentence of 35 years if convicted.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and denies all allegations of wrongdoing. 

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