began with small-ball: a man from the
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
authenticating a non-driver's ID,
another sealed exhibit. Then the main
event: Annie Farmer.
She was a psychologist of trauma
now, and lived in Austin, Texas. But
while still in high school she had been
in Arizona with her mother and younger
sister. The father was gone -- except
for rescuing Maria from the Wexner
compound, Kurt found himself pointing
out, men's rights -- and Annie's older
sister Maria was in New York, being an
artist for Epstein, something of a
story or first Epstein-Farmer connection
started at an art show, when Maria was
selling her painting for over 10
thousand dollars. But a major New York
art show big wig, another gala-world
enabler, introduced her to Jeffrey and
Ghislaine, who insisted she reverse a
sale and give it to them for half price,
Jeffrey would make up for it later.
Fatefully, she did.
Soon Maria was working for
Epstein ostensibly buying art. But
Epstein never paid, and Maria was about
to quit. Epstein turned on a dime,
offering her the front desk job at 9
East 71st Street. There he showed her
pin-hole camera even in the bathrooms,
and a steady stream of young girls doing
up to Jeffrey's office, some coming down
Christmas Epstein offered to pay to fly
Annie to New York to visit with his
sister and, of course, with him. He took
them to the movies and sat between them.
On Day 10 Annie testified that Epstein
reached over and first held her hand,
then rubbed her leg, stopping only when
Maria would look over.
Annie didn't tell his sister was
understandable, but also part of
grooming. Now we have a secret, was
Jeffrey's well-known first move. Now I
have power over you.
Day 10 Annie read sections of her
journal at the time, the first entry
very positive about the New York trip, a
later one adding that something weird
had happened. Next came a visit to
Ghislaine and Jeffrey on the Zorro Ranch
property in New Mexico. Annie was told
by her mother Janice Swain that
Ghislaine Maxwell, described by Jeffrey
as his wife, would be there to
chaperone, and that there would be other
students, a sort of enrichment weekend.
fact there was only Annie, she said. And
after Ghislaine bought her a pair of
black cowboy boots and sent with her and
Jeffrey to the movies in Santa Fe,
complete with more groping than in New
York, the main event at least of this
trial happened: the laying on of hands
Annie said Ghislaine told her to
get naked for a massage, then touched
her breasts. The door was open by
Jeffrey was not there. Kurt wondered,
how will Team Maxwell go after this? The
answer was, slowly.
The cross examination was by
Laura Menninger, not Pagliuca. It was
not as immediately vicious.
circled around the boots, and as Kurt
live tweeted it, people responded; WTF?
Menninger pointed out that Annie had in
fact gone horseback riding, so the boots
had been needed.
that one can ride a horse without $100
you continued to wear them afterward,
Menninger said darkly.
said, Not to work. Only to two-step.
you wore evidence while dancing,
Menninger said, what passed for a Perry
Mason moment among Team Maxwell.
Ghislaine looked pleased with herself.
In a deposition she had famously
dismissed all of "these girls." Now her
hired guns was kicking back at a "girl"
with her own boots.
used Annie's application to the Epstein
Victims Compensation Fund as a prior
inconsistent statement. Didn't you claim
to have been sexually assaulted in New
said, I told them what happened.
you consider hand holding in the movie
theater to be assault? Menninger
demanded. Perhaps this is why Team
Maxwell had chosen a woman to do this
told them what happened, Annie said.
faux reminded, not that Annie was under
oath, but that all money could be
returnable if there were any lie on the
told them exactly what happened, Annie
pounced: But what about what you told a
journalist, that you might have had your
was definitely topless, Annie said.
you don't say my client touched your
nipples, correct? Menninger insisted. To
this had the trial come.
the remained of the government's case
was Annie's ex-boyfriend Dave Mulligan,
to say that Annie had told him what
happened in New Mexico. The best that
Menninger would muster was to point out
that Annie had attended his recent
but not least for the government's case
was Annie's mother Janice Swain. Since
many online had been casting the blame
on the mothers of the victim or
survivors, this was important. Janice
had been a single mother. It had been
reasonable for her to rely on Jeffrey's
wife Ghislaine being on the ranch as
chaperone. And Annie had never directly
told her what happened in New Mexico,
only that "I wasn't raped but something
had nothing, really, for the cross.
government rests." And that was it,
DOJ's case. Would it be enough to
convict Ghislaine? Her defense case, now
estimated at two to three days, would
not start until next Thursday. Judge
Nathan had some undisclosed conflict the
Monday through Wednesday.
Kurt thought it was weird - in voir
dire juror was pressured to cancel
at vacation trip that would have cut two
trial days, and when they refused were
dropped. No lawyer could take three days
off mid-trial, and Ghislaine was in
jail. But the judge?
Maybe it was
Nathan Senate confirmation or prep, in
bid for the Second Circuit, was the talk
in Kurt's vLAWg. It was snarky. Kurt
wasn't looking for problems, only to
cover this case to the end. He would
review its past over the next five days.