(NEW YORK) – The conviction of Jeffrey Epstein’s partner Ghislaine Maxwell was “an important step” towards justice, said Annie Farmer, one of the four accusers who testified against her.
“It’s a huge relief,” Farmer said Thursday on Good Morning America. “I wasn’t sure that day would ever come.”
Maxwell was convicted of five of six counts of child abuse and trafficking on Wednesday. The jury deliberated for about 40 hours over six days before delivering a verdict.
“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,” Farmer said.
Farmer was 16 when she first met Epstein. She said she was lured to her ranch in New Mexico by Maxwell.
“Thinking back to the series of events now, it’s clear how much of a really important part of the grooming process Maxwell was and they worked together as a team,” Farmer told “20/20 ″ last year.
Farmer is now a psychologist and treats many patients who have had similar experiences.
“Having the privilege of hearing so many stories from the people I work with, I really recognized that this is a very rare opportunity to be able to be in court and tell your story,” Farmer said on Thursday. “And to be able to see whoever perpetrated the abuse held accountable.”
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