Ghislaine Maxwell controlled even the smallest detail at Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion as “lady of the house.”, a former employee testified Thursday during the British sex trafficking trial.
Juan Alessi, who worked as a manager for billionaire Epstein’s home during the 1990s, told jury at the Manhattan trial that Maxwell instituted a “tremendous” number of rules, including the warning to avoid eye contact with Epstein..
“‘Never look him in the eye, look at another part of the room and answer him’”Says Alessi, who worked on the Palm Beach, Florida farm, Maxwell once told her.
“Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question that is directed to you”, Was stated in an instruction manual for the personnel that was exhibited at the hearing.
The 58-page brochure was dated after Alessi’s departure in 2002, but the former employee recalled seeing an earlier version with similar content.
“NEVER reveal the activities or whereabouts of Mr. Epstein or Mrs. Maxwell to anyone.”Said the manual.
Prior to Epstein’s arrival at the mansion, employees had to follow a series of instructions, for example ensuring that a gun was placed in a side table drawer in the deceased financier’s bedroom.
Dressed in an all black outfit, Maxwell, 59, heard Alessi’s testimony during the trial in which he pleaded not guilty to six charges of instigating and transporting minors for sexual intercourse.
If convicted, she faces an effective life sentence.
Alessi also recalled seeing two minor-looking girls, 14 or 15, she said, including one who testified earlier this week under the pseudonym “Jane.”
The former employee claimed that he met Jane in 1994, when she visited the farm with her mother. He also related that he picked her up from school.
Those details seemed to corroborate Jane’s testimony., who remembered that a “Latin American” man picked it up. Alessi is originally from Ecuador.
The witness also recalled seeing Jane board a plane in Palm Beach with Epstein, Maxwell and the latter’s yorkie terrier, Max.
Jane, who is now an adult, detailed to the jury how Epstein subjected her to sexual abuse for years, since she was 14. Said Maxwell was often present and sometimes engaged in sexual acts.
The defense will begin questioning Alessi this Friday.
Maxwell’s attorneys insist their client is a scapegoat for Epstein, whose death in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial was deemed a suicide.
(With information from AFP)
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