Jeffrey Epstein, the former housekeeper on life with Ghislaine Maxwell
Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime housekeeper said Thursday that Ghislaine Maxwell was the ‘housemaid’ of the powerful pedophile’s mighty Florida mansion – and that countless young women were hanging out there, including two who appeared to be underage.
Juan Alessi spoke of working for the late financier in Palm Beach for more than a decade, telling a Manhattan jury that he had seen “many, many, many women” in their twenties, who were sometimes topless, socializing with Epstein and Maxwell.
Alessi recalled seeing two girls who appeared to be underage during his employment, which ended in 2002. He identified one of the two as “Jane” – an accuser of Maxwell who earlier testified to this. week – describing her as a “striking,” beautiful “girl who looked like she was about 14 or 15 years old.
The other minor, Alessi said, was Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who accused both Epstein and Maxwell of having sexually trafficked her as a teenager.
Alessi described how Maxwell first met Giuffre in the parking lot of Donald Trump’s resort town in Mar-a-Lago, where she ordered him to stop the car so she could come out to talk to the youngster. blonde hair.
Either Epstein or Maxwell would ask him to pick up Jane or Giuffre and transport them to the mansion, Alessi said.
When asked to identify the accused, Alessi appeared to stop slightly before correctly referring to Maxwell. When their eyes met, she seemed to nod.
During his testimony, he recalled how Maxwell had a Yorkshire Terrier dog named Max from the time he met her in 1991. On Tuesday Jane testified that Maxwell had the same breed of dog when she had him. met with Epstein in the summer of 1994 at the age of 14.
âShe traveled with Ms Maxwell all the time,â Alessi said of the dog, adding that he had to give Max a bath before each trip.
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Alessi described how the British socialite ruled the house with an iron fist, giving her a long checklist of instructions – including how the staff should introduce themselves and address her and Epstein – something that he found it “very degrading”.
Maxwell, he said, told him once that Epstein didn’t like to be looked in the eye.
“You should never look at his eyes,” he told her, Maxwell ordered.
Prosecutors also asked Alessi to leaf through a 58-page employee manual and asked him to say which of the dozen pages he recognized.
A juror appeared to fall asleep during the laborious process, after which Alessi returned and was asked to reach some of the instructions aloud.
âRemember you can’t see anything, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question to you,â one of the controls read.
âTry to anticipate the needs of Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell and their guests,â said another.
Alessi said Epstein was at his home in Palm Beach, one of the many residences he owned, almost every weekend, and that Maxwell accompanied him “95 percent of the time.”
Each of them had a 2-inch-thick black or blue contact book filled with hundreds of entries, he said. There was also a directory kept with the names of the employees which was updated once a year.
Alessi described a close relationship between Epstein and his alleged madam.
Although she had her own bedroom in the mansion, “she slept in Mr. Epstein’s room,” he said.