Ghislaine Maxwell was a boss who made almost impossible requests.
She ordered employees of Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion to keep their eyes down, not talk unless spoken, and to put away sex toys, a former housewife testified Thursday. ..
From making sure all the tissue boxes were full to checking the holes in the Epstein fence to keep Maxwell’s Yorkie “Max” from escaping, the details weren’t too small.
Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Maxwell, Epstein’s “No. 2”, manages Epstein’s households and staffs his home on private islands in Palm Beach, New Mexico, New York, and the US Virgin Islands. Most of the hiring and dismissal was done.
To help employees remember all their daily chores, Maxwell has put together a 58-page instruction manual that includes a checklist of tasks that employees must perform daily in every room of the house.
“It was very degrading to me,” said Juan Alessi, a former Palm Beach housekeeper, on the fourth day of Maxwell’s federal trafficking trial in New York.
“It was amazing she did it to her employees,” he said. “It was an incredible amount of work …. I told her I wouldn’t do it. I couldn’t make a checklist.”
Alessi, who worked for Epstein and Maxwell from 1990 to 2002, said both Maxwell and Epstein instructed them to keep quiet about what happened in the mansion. Employees were ordered not to look at Epstein.
“Remember, you can’t hear anything, you can’t see anything, and you say nothing but answer the question,” read one of their instructions.
Alessi described a dysfunctional family in which women had to come and go day and night and change towels and sheets at least three times a day.
He estimated that during the twelve years he was hired by a financial firm, he saw “hundreds” of women passing through Epstein’s mansion.
Houseman said the women would relax topless in the pool and sometimes do Epstein massages.
Most women seemed to be well over 20 years old, but he remembered the two much younger.
One of them was “Jane”. This is the pseudonym used by prosecutors to identify one of the victims Maxwell has accused of sexually abusing Epstein.
“She was an amazingly beautiful girl,” Alessi told the jury that Jane first visited the mansion with her mother and then began to come alone. Alessi picked her up from school and home and took her to the mansion many times.
He remembered taking Jane to the airport with Epstein, Maxwell, and Maxwell’s longtime assistant Emmy Taylor, where she traveled on Epstein’s private jet.
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Another girl who remembered Alessi being at home was often Virginia Roberts. Alessi recalled driving Maxwell to several spas one day, including the spa at Mar-a-Lago, the resort of former President Donald Trump, just a mile away from Epstein’s mansion. Alessi said Maxwell saw a petite blonde-haired girl, now known as Roberts Juffre, and jumped out of the car to talk to her. Later that day she came to the mansion, and from that time on she became a frequent visitor, he testified.
Juffrey had previously sued Maxwell in a civil court alleging that Epstein and Maxwell had trafficked her to many powerful men, including Prince Andrew and Epstein’s lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Both men denied Jufureh’s allegations.
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Maxwell settled the proceedings in 2017, but British social figures took testimony during the subsequent proceedings. In it, she told Juffle’s lawyer under an oath that no one had visited the mansion under the age of 20. She denied being involved in sexual activity with minors.
On Thursday, Alessi said he was often tasked with calling a woman to come to the mansion for a massage. He said Maxwell and Epstein both had contact books with the names of “hundreds” of people, including young women who massaged.
“Anyone they tell me to call will call,” he told the jury.
Regular customers were entered through the side doors of the kitchen and taken to Epstein’s master bath. There was usually a table set up for massage. Alessi said the large bath was right next to Epstein’s bedroom, with a sofa and a large shower.
The landlord never witnessed the massage, but he said he had cleaned up afterwards. There were often sex toys on the floor, and Alessi wore gloves, cleaned them, and put them in Maxwell’s bathroom basket.
However, Alessi did not appear to link Maxwell to Jane’s abuse.
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On Wednesday, Jane testified that she met Maxwell and Epstein at the Summer Art Camp in Michigan in 1994. After inviting her and her mother to the Palm Beach mansion, she said the couple began to sexually exploit her on a regular basis. Jane said she was 14 when Maxwell first instructed the jury how to please Epstein with a sexual massage. Then they encouraged Jane to participate in group sex with them, and many other women, including another woman with the names Taylor and Eva, Jane testified.
Laura Menninger, one of Maxwell’s lawyers, actively challenged Jane’s story and said she did not mention Maxwell’s involvement in the abuse when she was first interviewed by the FBI and prosecutors in 2019. I pointed out. Initially, she didn’t trust the prosecutor.
On Thursday, clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Lisa Rocchio often “cares” victims through a series of practices that manipulate the jury to make the perpetrators targeting the child believe what is happening to the child. I told the jury that I had shown that.
They choose vulnerable victims and then gradually gain their trust by making them promise to help them in some way, and often give them gifts and money to make them dependent on them. Give.
Victims of child abuse generally do not reveal abuse until long after their lives, Rocchio testified.