Guest View: The Sisters Who First Tried to Take Down Jeffrey Epstein

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By Shadowstate1958

Today’s New York Times has yet another disturbing story about Jeffrey Epstein and his Chief Pimp,  Ghislaine Maxwell.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein

Twenty-five years ago, an aspiring painter named Maria Farmer went to New York City to attend art school.

She soon became acquainted with Epstein and his Pimp Ghislaine Maxwell.

Both Epstein and Pimp Maxwell allegedly engaged in sexual relations with Maria Farmer.

In fact, Pimp Maxwell was described in the story as being particularly aggressive.


Pimp Maxwell would be driven around Manhattan in a chauffeured car cruising around for females to pick up.

Ghislaine Maxwell

Maxwell would announce that she needed to pick up a girl for Jeffrey.

Ultimately, Maria’s younger sister, who was still a teenager, was recruited into Epstein’s weird universe.


Supposedly both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were visiting Epstein in Manhattan in the nineties.

Jeffrey Epstein with Donald Trump


Bill Clinton & Jeffrey Epstein


When Maria Farmer reported Epstein to Eileen Guggenheim of the New York Academy of Art – the Guggenheim family is big in New York’s art world – Farmer was ignored.


Some of the molestations occurred in Ohio near Les Wexner’s home. Wexner, the owner of Victoria’s Secret, was a close friend of Epstein. Wexner is also the richest person in Ohio.

Les Wexner & Jeffrey Epstein


Maria Farmer tried to report Epstein and Pimp Maxwell to the NYPD.

She was ignored.


Maria Farmer tried to report the story to the FBI in the nineties.

The FBI ignored her although ten years later, FBI agents went to Farmer’s then-home in North Carolina and interviewed her around the time of Epstein’s trouble in Florida.

Again, the FBI and US DOJ ignored the problem.


Maria Farmer tried to tell Vicki Ward of Vanity Fair about the problems but Epstein pressured Vanity Fair’s editor, Graydon Carter, to cover up the story.


Today, Maria Farmer’s story appears in public in the New York Times for the first time ever, 24 years after she first reported it.

The Sisters Who First Tried to Take Down Jeffrey Epstein
Nine years before any police investigation, Maria and Annie Farmer reported the troubling behavior of Jeffrey Epstein and his companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. No one would act.

A painting by Maria Farmer that Jeffrey Epstein wanted to buy.

(I wonder why)

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4 years ago


Great article!!!! Thanks for posting your take as well!

4 years ago

“Both Epstein and Pimp Maxwell allegedly engaged in sexual relations with Maria Farmer.”

Maria Farmer was 25 years old at the time. She was an adult, so there’s nothing improper about this. Now, Epstein was a grade-A asshole in my opinion and I have no doubt that he did many illegal and highly unethical things, but this was not one of them. Apparently, he paid her $6k for one of her paintings, which was half the asking price but still probably far more than what the frightful daubing was worth. Part of the deal was he would promote her work and he also took her on as one of his staff. It all seems a little sordid to me, but she was an adult at the time and if she wanted to make some kind of deal with the old fart, that’s her business. Let’s be clear: life is not a tale of pure good and evil, of victims and oppressors, of the good and the bad. One of the reasons assholes like Epstein and Weinstein can surround themselves with young beautiful actresses, aspiring models and painters is that these young ladies are perfectly aware of their market value. Somebody like Epstein walks into a room and takes an interest in them and they see an advantage to be had.

Re. the Weinstein affair and the #MeToo movement it inspired, French actress Catherine Deneuve had an interesting response. She is somebody who knows a thing or two about making it in film from back in the bad old days, and in France yet. She had many an improper advance to fend off as a young beautiful actress, and yet she had little sympathy for the phony innocent act of #MeToo Hollywood. She was one of 100 French women in academia and the arts who questioned this rising narrative of women as victim. One of the major issues with it is its tendency to treat women like helpless children who have no agency. Maria Farmer is being treated here as if she were a child as if having sex with her was perverted if not criminal. As if she was a child who was violated. As if at 25 years of age, she didn’t know the score, as if she couldn’t be expected to understand what Epstein was after. He was paying her for sex.

This is where the Epstein and Weinstein sagas get complicated. Young aspiring actresses took meetings with Weinstein knowing the man’s character. He was a pig. There’s no excusing what he did and I make no attempt to excuse it. But these aspiring actresses wanted something from him, and many were willing to pay the price. That they expect to be treated as purely innocent victims is a bit thick. Catherine Deneuve has called them on their bullshit. And been vilified for it.

Raniere and his NXIVM cult and even DOS were similarly complicated. The difference with him was the collateral. Another word for blackmail. His women were — largely — coerced. Even there, though, it’s undeniable that most of them were at least partially willing. And that’s where it gets complicated. Life generally is.

Sex trafficking laws were originally intended, like the human trafficking laws that preceded them, to apply to foreign women smuggled across borders who were held in virtual captivity and forced to work, or provide sex, without pay. Sex trafficking law carries a very low standard of proof, which was probably originally seen as a good thing. But it is being applied expansively now, and in a way that may begin to make civil libertarians uneasy.

I’m glad Raniere is in prison, he richly deserves it. But he belongs in prison mainly for defrauding people with his worthless “tech”, for running a cult. The reason he’s in prison though is because of the scandal of DOS and branding women. Even though those women all kinda sorta were devoted to him, and all were kinda sorta willing to be branded.

What I’m afraid of is all this current moral panic getting out of control. Sex is already being seen as something dirty, as as something exploitative, as something men do to women, a form of victimization. It’s a return to Puritanism.

4 years ago

The treatment meted out to these girls is dripping with malice and spite. Destroying a young artist’s future by poisoning the rarified wells of patronage: the boards and committees peopled by ‘the great and the good’ on whom the young student will have depended for advice and guidance.

Epstein’s entire milieu seems suspect, guilty of collusion, at least. Will Guggenheim apologize? Graydon Carter?

Sue them all, you Farmer sisters. Pursue every one of those individuals who aided and abetted Epstein’s criminal enterprise
– till justice prevails.

4 years ago

Ghislaine Maxwell is a sexual sadist. Looks like she liked to torment and rape these girls as much as Epstein. Very sad.

4 years ago

At this point I should add that Ghislane Maxwell openly threatened Maria Farmer after Farmer tried to tell her story to Vanity Fair:

“When word got out that the sisters had given a detailed interview to the magazine, the angry phone calls to her resumed, Ms. Farmer said.”

“Better be careful and watch your back,” she said Ms. Maxwell told her. “She said, ‘I know you go to the West Side Highway all the time. While you’re out there, just be really careful because there are a lot of ways to die there.’”

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His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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