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‘Lady of the house’ Maxwell controlled Epstein mansion: ex-employee

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‘Lady of the house’ Maxwell controlled Epstein mansion: ex-employee

Ghislaine Maxwell strictly regulated every detail at Jeffrey Epstein‘s Palm Beach mansion as “the mistress of the house,” a former employee testified Thursday during the British heiress’ sex trafficking trial.

Juan Alessi, who worked as a manager in billionaire Epstein’s home for more than a decade in the 1990s, told jury at the Manhattan trial that Maxwell ordered a “tremendous” number of rules, including the warning to avoid contact. visual with Epstein.

“’Never look him in the eye, look in another part of the room and answer him,’” Alessi, who worked on the Palm Beach, Florida farm, recalled Maxwell telling him.

“Remember you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing except to answer a question directed at you,” you read an instruction manual for staff on display in court.

The 58-page booklet was dated after Alessi’s departure in 2002, but was reminiscent of an earlier version with similar content.

“NEVER reveal to anyone the activities or whereabouts of Mr. Epstein or Ms. Maxwell,” it read.

A lengthy checklist to review prior to Epstein’s arrival at the mansion included instructions to make sure a gun was placed in a side table drawer in the deceased financier’s bedroom.

In an all-black outfit, the 59-year-old Maxwell saw Alessi’s testimony during the trial in which she pleaded not guilty to six counts of tempting and transporting minors for sex.

If convicted, she faces an effective life sentence.

Alessi also recalled seeing two girls who looked underage, 14 or 15, he said, including one who testified earlier this week under the pseudonym “Jane.”

Alessi said she 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 the testimony of Jane, who recalled that a “Latin American” man picked her up. Alessi is from Ecuador.

Alessi also recalled seeing Jane board a plane from Palm Beach with Epstein, Maxwell, and the latter’s Yorkie terrier, Max.

In hours of testimony over the course of two days, Jane, who is now an adult, told the jury in explicit detail that Epstein subjected her to sexual abuse for years, beginning at age 14. He said Maxwell was often present and sometimes engaged in sexual acts.

The defense will begin questioning Alessi on Friday. Maxwell’s lawyers insist she is a scapegoat for Epstein, whose death in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial was deemed a suicide.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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