Watch live as Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial continues in New York
The fourth day of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial has adjourned in New York City, as the 59-year-old responds to charges related to her alleged involvement in the sex crimes of financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Alessi testified in detail Thursday afternoon about her duties at the Palm Beach mansion. He also spoke of “Jane”, who has already testified poignantly about the abuse she suffered for years after being brought to the property at the age of 14.
In the morning, the court heard from the financial director of a Manhattan school and Dr. Lisa Rocchio, an expert in preparing children for sexual predators.
The court had previously heard from longtime Epstein pilot Larry Visoski, who carried passengers including Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump and said he had never seen Ms Maxwell or Epstein be inappropriate with a minor.
Ms Maxwell, who has spent decades rubbing shoulders with members of the British Royal Family and US Presidents, is accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls for the late disgraced financier through sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell, Ms Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. The trial is expected to last six weeks.
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began with a sentence that attempted to distill a complex case that spans decades and jurisdictions, and cuts through the normally secret world of America’s ultra-wealthy elite.
“I want to tell you about a young girl named Jane,” prosecutor Lara Pomerantz told the jury of five men and seven women.
The US federal government’s case against Ms Maxwell, 59, centers on her decades-long relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. He alleges that she functioned as his facilitator by attracting vulnerable teenage girls with promises of scholarships, attention and financial aid for their families, and coercing them into becoming objects for his sexual gratification.
Place NathanDecember 2, 2021 10:37 PM
The court adjourns for the day
Ms. Comey says she has no further questions and at only 13 minutes into the day the court is adjourned.
The cross-examination of Mr. Alessi will begin on Friday morning.
Olivier O’ConnellDecember 2, 2021 9:53 PM
Alessi explains why he quit Epstein’s job
Ms Comey asked why he left Epstein’s job and replied, “I was sick and I was also very, very tired from work. “
He says he signed a nondisclosure agreement regarding Epstein and Ms Maxwell.
Mr Alessi also admitted that he had stolen $ 6,300 from Epstein at a time when his marriage was experiencing difficulties and that he was struggling financially.
Ms Comey asks if he has been questioned by police, which he says he has been, but has not been arrested.
He did not repay the money and did not see Epstein again.
Olivier O’ConnellDecember 2, 2021 9:51 PM
Mr Alessi was asked about photographs in the house and initially responded about pictures of Ms Maxwell and Epstein with famous people.
When asked if there were any photos of naked women, he replied that there were and they were kept in Ms Maxwell’s office.
Olivier O’ConnellDecember 2, 2021 9:47 PM
Alessi testifies on cleaning after massages
Ms Comey asks Mr Allessi if Ms Maxwell provided supplies for Epstein’s massages. He replies that he has been given “exotic oils” from other countries.
When asked if Epstein’s door was open during his massages, Mr Alessi replied that it had never been and said afterwards he would go with gloves to clean himself.
Pressed further on what he saw when he cleaned up, he says after a massage he found a “big dildo” which he washed and put in a basket in Ms Maxwell’s bathroom at side of pornographic tapes.
He adds that he saw it at least five times, and that there was another one he put on top of Epstein’s dresser.
Olivier O’ConnellDecember 2, 2021 9:39 PM
Adam Klasfeld de Law and criminality reports that prior to trial, Maxwell’s defense team contested the exhibit’s admission, claiming it had been edited.
Olivier O’Connell2 December 2021 21:30
After an attempt by Ms Maxwell’s attorney to challenge the phone book’s admission into evidence, questioning continues with Mr Alessi confirming to Ms Comey that he would sometimes take messages for Epstein if he didn’t want to. not talking to anyone or was not at home.
Olivier O’ConnellDecember 2, 2021 9:24 PM
“Lady of the House” Ghislaine Maxwell told staff to never look into Jeffrey Epstein’s eyes
A former governess to Jeffrey Epstein said Ghislaine Maxwell told her never to look the disgraced financier in the eye.
Juan Patricio Alessi, who worked at Epstein’s house in Palm Beach, Florida, told a New York jury on Thursday that Ms. Maxwell was the “lady of the house” and gave her “a lot of instructions.”
He said Ms Maxwell, 59, told him to “only speak to Mr Epstein when asking questions” and demanded “thorough preparations” every time Epstein visits.
Olivier O’ConnellDecember 2, 2021 9:01 PM
Alessi’s testimony continues
Ms Comey resumed her questioning of Mr Alessi after the afternoon break.
Epstein’s former housekeeper confirms that the directory has been updated twice a year and the names of new employees have been added and those who have left have been deleted.
Olivier O’ConnellDecember 2, 2021 8:57 PM
Ms Comey asks Mr Alessi to consult the directory and asks him if he looked at it last night. He confirms that he did so and that he looked at every page.
Asked about the number of names, he replied: “A lot. Numerous. “
He says this is a later version of when he was employed at home.