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Jeffrey Epstein's 'madam' Ghislaine Maxwell has been accused of sexually abusing two young sisters after helping to draw them into the pedophile's orbit in the 1990s.
When the damning and disturbing sex abuse allegations against Epstein began flowing out at an unprecedented speed last year, Maxwell was initially painted as merely a 'friend', 'ex-girlfriend' and 'associate' of the millionaire financier.
Story - Darker - Girls - Careers - Properties
As the story progressed a darker imaged emerged as she was accused of actively helping to recruit young girls by promising to promote their careers if they joined him at his various lavish properties across the US and abroad.
The darkest portrayal yet emerged this week in a New York Times profile on Annie and Maria Farmer, who spent a significant amount of time with Epstein and Maxwell in the 1990s and claim that the pair engaged in abuse together.
Sisters - Epstein - Maxwell - Summer - Maria
The sisters both vividly recall being groped by Epstein and Maxwell in the summer of 1996, when Maria was 25 and Annie was 16.
Their attempts to report the alleged abuse were met by vicious threats from Maxwell and disbelief from law enforcement and members of the community she and Epstein had significant influence in.
Maria - New - York - Academy - Art
Maria said she was a 25-year-old New York Academy of Art student when she was introduced to Epstein and Maxwell at an exhibit shortly before her graduation in 1996.
She said Epstein offered her a job acquiring art for his personal collection and managing the entrance to a townhouse he was renovating.
Months - Row - Seat - Epstein - Life
In the months that followed she got a front row seat to Epstein's 'odd life', as the Times puts it.
Maria described Maxwell as a charming and friendly presence who made the women surrounding Epstein feel safe. She also recalled Maxwell frequently heading out and saying: 'I've got to go get girls for...
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