Woman who worked for Jeffrey Epstein: 'I knew something was wrong'

Maria Farmer said in a lawsuit her experience with him and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell took a dark turn when she was sexually assaulted.
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And there is new reporting tonight about Jeffrey Epstein's first suicide attempt in jail. Federal prosecutors now say jail officials inadvertently deleted surveillance video from the night of Epstein's first suicide attempt in July. When he died in the second apparent suicide attempt the next month, the camera outside his cell did not work. And tonight here, we hear from the first alleged victim known to have reported Jeffrey Epstein to law enforcement, 24 years ago. Here's ABC's chief national affairs correspondent Tom ma'am yas. I'm painting these beautiful survivors. These women. Reporter: Maria farmer met Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite ghilsaine Maxwell in the mid-1990s, when he asked the 25-year-old art student to work for him. Maria farmer, in a lawsuit, alleges while she was working the front door at Epstein's townhouse, she started seeing things that concerned her, involving Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Ghislaine Maxwell would go out on these drives to procure models. She would say, "These are the nubiles. I need the nubiles." That was her word. She would bring them to Jeffrey Epstein's mansion. Reporter: Farmer says Maxwell told her they were simply auditioning young girls for modeling jobs. I knew something was wrong. I didn't know what was wrong. Reporter: According to her lawsuit, farmer says, her experience with Maxwell and Epstein took a dark turn when they sexually assaulted her. I remember being in a lot of pain. I remember having some bruises. They didn't get my clothes off, they tried. Reporter: Maxwell has not responded to requests from ABC news for comment, but has previously denied allegations she enabled Epstein's abuse. The way I'd been treated made it very clear to me there is something else going on. Reporter: Farmer says she was so alarmed that she reported Epstein and Maxwell to the FBI. If the FBI had listened to me in 1996, there would have been no more victims. Reporter: The FBI declined to comment for this report. You'll learn in our two-hour special the FBI came back around ten years later and asked Maria farmer about Epstein. Tonight, Maria shares more of her story and you'll also meet her younger sister who says at 16 years old, she, too, was victimized by Jeffrey Epstein. As for Ghislaine Maxwell, sources tell ABC news she's currently under investigation by federal authorities in New York. David? Tom, thank you. And this years long investigation airs tonight, "Truth and lies: Jeffrey Epstein." 9:00 P.M. Right here on ABC.

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