Eileen Guggenheim, the socialite who is head of the New York Academy of Art and former aide to Prince Charles, has finally broken her silence regarding her role in the Jeffrey Epstein affair — denying she ever introduced women to the pedo perv. Alleged Epstein victim Maria Farmer has long alleged that Guggenheim forced her …
Eileen Guggenheim, the socialite who is head of the New York Academy of Art and former aide to Prince Charles, has finally broken her silence regarding her role in the Jeffrey Epstein affair — denying she ever introduced women to the pedo perv.
Alleged Epstein victim Maria Farmer has long alleged that Guggenheim forced her to sell a painting — called “The Rape” — to Epstein and insisting that she got a trip to the billionaire perv’s so-called “Zorro Ranch” in New Mexico in 1995 where Farmer claims she was attacked by both Epstein and his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
Another student who was also at the “party” on the ranch has said “the young women were pressured to play games that involved sexual objects” with Epstein and Maxwell, with one calling it the “weirdest dinner party I’ve ever been to,” according to the Mirror.
Guggenheim initially denied she had ever been to the ranch. She now says she saw the property under construction but “did not visit any home there or have a meal there,” according to the paper, with her lawyers noting: “Ms. Farmer’s claims with regard to the ranch are inconsistent and have changed over time. Ms. Guggenheim’s visit was very brief; she took a tour of the grounds with the former students and left shortly thereafter. That explains her initial failure to recollect having ever traveled to the ranch.”
Her lawyers vehemently denied the allegation that Guggenheim encouraged Farmer to flirt and sit on Epstein’s knee, noting “[it] is categorically denied and completely baseless.”
As for Guggenheim’s memory loss, her lawyers said “It was only after seeing a photograph which depicted Ms. Guggenheim, Ms. Farmer, and three former students during the daylight… on the grounds, that she recalled her brief visit. … [Guggenheim] does not recall being inside any building on the property, anything out of the ordinary occurring, nor any of the students reporting an incident to her.”
Guggenheim also claims Farmer never told her she was uncomfortable.
“Ms. Farmer has said she found her visit unsettling, which she has attributed to the presence of Epstein and Maxwell,” Guggenheim’s lawyer continued. “Notwithstanding her explanations long after the event, in the context of how events transpired, she subsequently accepted a job with Epstein.”
Guggenheim then personally told the paper “Had any student expressed to me their personal discomfort over actions by Mr. Epstein I would have immediately addressed the situation and offered my support. At that time neither I nor anyone at the NYAA had any knowledge of Mr. Epstein’s predatory behavior.”
The Academy’s has continued to back up Guggenheim and came under attack last month for “victim blaming” after it released a report produced by the law firm, Walden Macht & Haran — that Guggenheim played “no role” in introducing the Farmers to Epstein, nor did she force Maria to sell her painting, which was inspired by Degas’ “The Rape.”
An attorney for Maria and her sister Annie Farmer (who was also attacked by Epstein), Sigrid McCawley, said at the time: “The New York Academy of Art never contacted us until they completed their report. They never sought input or perspective from the victims until they completed their report. They sought out solely the conclusion they want to believe is the truth. It is offensive and out-of-touch with the remarkable forward progress of victims’ rights.”