Jeffrey Epstein acquired “as much as three massages per day,” his former Palm Beach, Florida, housekeeper recalled of the 12 years he had labored for the financier from 1990 by way of 2002. Juan Alessi took the stand at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial Thursday to supply perception into Epstein and Maxwell’s alleged soiled secrets and techniques and to corroborate sufferer “Jane’s” story.
The housekeeper testified that Epstein acquired “one [massage] within the morning, one within the afternoon and one other … after the films, at 11 o’clock at night time.”
While the worker by no means witnessed something that may occur contained in the therapeutic massage room, Alessi can be requested to wash up after Epstein’s massages. Sometimes, Alessi mentioned, he found gadgets on the therapeutic massage desk or on Epstein’s desk akin to a “giant [sex toy].” He recalled “it seemed like an enormous man’s penis with two heads.” So, he proceeded to placed on his gloves, run it underwater, and “put the [sex toy] in Ms. Maxwell’s closet in a basket.” Asked by prosecutors why he would put it there, Alessi replied: “That’s the place the place it was stored on a regular basis.”
The housekeeper additionally testified to discovering “pornographic tapes” and “a black vinyl or leather costume.”
Alessi mentioned he would additionally generally be tasked with reaching out to and selecting up women for the massages. Maxwell and Epstein would hold a telephone listing subsequent to telephones. Alessi testified he had met “Jane” on the Palm Beach home in 1994 and that she was there a number of instances after that. She gave the impression to be “14, 15,” he testified.
Alessi additionally picked her up at her home to convey her to Epstein’s house and took her as soon as to the airport together with the pair so they might get on Epstein’s personal aircraft. Alessi additionally remembers “Jane’s” quantity being on the telephone listing.
“Jane” was one of many two females who “gave the impression to be underage” who confirmed up on the Florida residence. One day, the witness recalled, he was driving Maxwell to luxurious spas within the space when she noticed a woman and requested him to cease so she might speak to the woman. In Alessi’s phrases, she “seemed younger,” “had blonde hair,” and “a protracted white uniform just like the nurses.” He would later study the woman’s identify was Virginia Roberts. She would go to Epstein’s home steadily when each the financier and Maxwell had been there.
Alessi additionally recalled seeing “Many, many, many females” at Epstein’s residence in Florida all through the years he labored there. “Most gave the impression to be within the late 20s” and “tons of of instances” he’d see them by the pool and “80%” of the time they had been topless whereas interacting with Epstein and Maxwell.
In his closing yr working for Epstein, Alessi acquired from Maxwell a booklet of 58 pages with work directions.
“It was work for 10 folks, not for one and half,” he mentioned.
“I’ve to say it was very degrading to me.”
Later, throughout the examination of the witness, Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurene Comey supplied him with a duplicate of the family guide. He learn off the booklet: “Try to anticipate the wants of Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell and their visitors. Do not focus on private issues with visitors. Remember see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, besides to reply a query directed to you. Respect their privateness.”
Alessi additionally talked about Maxwell’s Yorkshire terrier named “Max,” which “Jane” recalled in her account of the day she met Maxwell.
“She traveled with Ms. Maxwell on a regular basis,” Alessi mentioned.
“How are you aware that?” Comey requested.
“Because I took Max. She needed to have a shower earlier than she go away, and each time it was wheels up the poor canine shacked like loopy as a result of she didn’t wish to be on the aircraft,” Alessi responded.
When Alessi was requested to establish the defendant, he paused. As their eyes met, Maxwell appeared to nod. He mentioned Maxwell was Epstein’s “girlfriend” and “the woman of the home” who was there “95% of the instances” when Epstein was at his Palm Beach home.
Alessi mentioned his relationship with Epstein began off cordial however that their conversations had been “much less and fewer” frequent all through the years he labored for him.
Maxwell would give Alessi directions on learn how to do his job.
“There was a time when she mentioned, ‘Jeffrey doesn’t wish to be checked out (in) his eyes. You ought to by no means have a look at his eyes. Just have a look at one other a part of the room and reply to him,’” Alessi mentioned.