Ghislaine Maxwell savaged a Vanity Fair reporter nearly 20 years ago to help bury an exposé of her sex crimes — while claiming pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was generous and “very, very good” to his accusers, according to a newly released transcript of her rare interview.
Maxwell, now 60, did not testify during her sex-trafficking trial, in which her legal team insisted she was an innocent scapegoat for the “bad behavior” of Epstein, her late ex and longtime companion.
Reporter Vicky Ward said it was her “eternal regret” that the magazine did not run the accusations by Maria Farmer and her sister Annie, whose testimony was key in Maxwell’s conviction this week.
Ward finally posted the full exchange with Maxwell on her Substack Thursday — saying it showed the disgraced British socialite “lied to me about not giving Annie Farmer a massage” and also repeatedly hailed Epstein’s “generosity” to his accusers.
“I just can’t even think how to respond to something so horrible,” Maxwell had told Ward in the call sparked by a fax from the mag’s fact checkers.
“The implication is thoroughly outrageous. Thoroughly untrue. And in every which way disgusting. And I cannot be party to anything like that,” she said, according to the transcript.
“These are two girls that benefited greatly from Jeffrey’s generosity, and absolutely nothing untoward in any stretch of the imagination ever took place with them,” she insisted at the time.
“They benefited hugely from this man,” she insisted, calling Ward “crazy” for considering running an interview with “two girls who are making stupid allegations.”
“I can tell you something. Those two girls got a lot of Jeffrey’s generosity. He was very, very good to them,” she said, without elaborating.
“I can tell you that nothing untoward happened whatsoever,” she again insisted, saying she was “horrified” at the “gross” allegations.
Maxwell — a close pal of Prince Andrew used to rubbing shoulders with world leaders — also expressed clear shock that the reporter would even consider running the story after her denial.
“You’re going to believe her over me? Is that what you’re saying to me?” she asked Ward, according to the transcript.
“You’re going to believe somebody that you don’t know who just comes up with a story about Jeffrey … over me? Is that what you’re just saying right now? I just want to be perfectly clear,” she asked.
When Ward repeatedly stressed that she was just sharing the sisters’ words, the daughter of disgraced tabloid mogul Robert Maxwell accused her of “the lowest thing the tabloid does.”
“I’ve been in journalism just as long as you have,” the daughter of late media titan Robert Maxwell claimed, telling Ward her behavior was “absolutely and utterly wrong.”
“Are you crazy? Vicky, I am not responding to two girls who are making stupid allegations that you want to print,” she told the journalist.
“This is a thousand million miles away from anything that I want to be party to … I will not respond to something so gross. It’s gross! The implication is grotesque,” she complained.
During Maxwell’s trial, Annie Farmer repeated her claim that Maxwell gave her a nude massage and groped her as a teen.
Maxwell defense attorney Laura Menninger sought to downplay the sexual nature of the massage during the trial. Maxwell, however, had denied it ever happened during her 2002 call with Ward.
“Every single person who comes to the ranch gets a massage,” she admitted of Epstein’s home in New Mexico.
But “I can assure you I have never given a massage, nor am I about to. I have better things to do with my time,” Maxwell insisted at the time.
She repeated the same denial several times, telling Ward, “It wasn’t me! Are you crazy?”
Ward said that her grilling of Maxwell showed that she did her “journalistic duty” as she prepared to tell “both sides of this ugly story.”
“But Vanity Fair had other plans,” she wrote, noting how the Farmers’ allegations were cut after Epstein also visited editor Graydon Carter in his office.
“Carter has said I didn’t have sufficient reporting. I disagree,” she wrote.
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.
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