One of Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers, who testified at the socialite’s trial, said she felt “tremendous relief” after the verdict.
Annie Farmer said she “was not sure that day would ever come” after Maxwell was convicted on Wednesday of sex trafficking young girls for abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.
Speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America, she said, “It’s a huge relief.
“I am so grateful that the jury believed us and sent a strong message that perpetrators of sexual abuse and exploitation will be held accountable, regardless of their power and privilege.”
Ms Farmer, the only accuser to testify under her full name, told jurors at Maxwell’s trial in New York that she was “frozen” when the socialite asked her to undress for a massage and rub her hair. breasts.
She said the accused encouraged her to get a massage after teaching her how to rub Epstein’s feet when she was 16.
In the ABC interview, Ms Farmer said that “Ultimately, seeing the inspiring stories of other women … recounting what had happened to them and creating the momentum for criminal charges to be laid, I felt it was time for me to do it “.
She added: “I fully understand why maybe it hasn’t been a good time for others, so I think it’s really important that women don’t have to, but for me it is It felt like it was the right time and it was important to be able to do it.
She added that in her work as a psychologist, she recognized that it was “a very rare opportunity” to tell her story in court and “to see the person who perpetrated the abuse held accountable.”
When asked if the verdict “looked like justice,” Ms Farmer said it was a “complicated term”, but speaking to another survivor in the case, they said that it was “an important step towards justice”, and that she hoped that others involved in perpetrating the abuse would now be held accountable.
Ms Farmer said there was a need to better educate the public about how abusers prepare their victims and that when she met Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell she did not understand what grooming meant and had “never heard that term “.