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Epstein Accuser: There's Another Guilty Party in All This

Artist Maria Farmer says Victoria's Secret CEO Leslie Wexner is also responsible
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2019 2:00 PM CDT
Leslie Wexner, right, and his wife Abigail tour the "Transfigurations" exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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(Newser) – A Jeffrey Epstein accuser says billionaire fashion mogul Leslie Wexner is also responsible for her sexual assault—because she lived on his Ohio estate and was manhandled by his security after it happened, the Washington Post reports. An artist, Maria Farmer says she had gotten a job creating two paintings for the movie As Good as It Gets when Epstein, her old boss and a close Wexner adviser, suggested she live in a "guesthouse" the Victoria's Secret CEO had deeded to Epstein. But life there was odd in 1996, she says, with Wexner's wife Abigail and estate security monitoring her closely. "Whenever I wanted to exit the guesthouse, I'd have to call the main house and get Abigail on the phone to ask her permission to go outside," she says.

Epstein and his associate Ghislaine Maxwell were visiting that summer when they allegedly attacked the 26-year-old. "They asked me to come into a bedroom with them and then proceeded to sexually assault me against my will," Farmer says in an affidavit. She says she called 911, got hung up on, then called the Franklin County sheriff's office, where someone said "we work for Wexner"; their officers indeed worked on his security detail. Farmer claims a security guard then forced her to wait 12 hours until her father picked her up. Wexner and his wife deny knowing Farmer, and the sheriff's office says there's no record of her call. But Farmer's father, sister, and a friend confirm she told them a similar story. Click for the full article. (An Epstein accuser is out with details on Prince Andrew.)

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