Jeffrey Epstein pilot says he never saw sex acts on flights

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NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime pilot for Jeffrey Epstein instructed a jury Tuesday at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial that he never saw proof of sexual exercise on planes as he flew his boss and others — together with a prince and ex-presidents — for practically three many years.

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., the trial’s first witness, was responding to questions by a protection lawyer when he acknowledged that he never encountered sexual exercise aboard two jets he piloted for roughly 1,000 journeys between 1991 and 2019.

He stated he stayed within the cockpit for almost all of flights, however would typically emerge to go to the toilet or get espresso.

Although he was referred to as as a witness by the federal government, Visoski’s testimony appeared to assist the protection of Maxwell as he answered questions posed by Maxwell lawyer Christian Everdell about what he saw when he straightened up the plane after a flight.

Visoski didn’t hesitate when Everdell requested him if he ever saw sexual exercise when he went for espresso or discovered sex toys when he cleaned up.

“Never,” the pilot answered to each questions. He stated he never saw used condoms both.

And when he was requested if he ever saw sex acts with underage females, he answered: “Absolutely not.”

The pilot stated Epstein never warned him to remain within the cockpit throughout flights and likewise inspired him to make use of a toilet close to the rear of the airplane that may require him to stroll previous the airplane’s couches.

He stated he never saw any youngsters on his planes who weren’t accompanied by their mother and father.

When Everdell requested him about an adolescent who prosecutors say was sexually abused by Epstein earlier than she grew to become an grownup, Visoski stated he believed she was “mature” when he was launched to her.

He additionally acknowledged that Clinton was a passenger on a couple of flights within the 2000s and he had piloted planes with Britain’s Prince Andrew, the late U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio — the primary American to orbit Earth — and former presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, “greater than as soon as.”

Visoski stated Epstein gave him 40 acres of land to construct a home on the financier’s New Mexico property and paid for his daughters’ school training.

Epstein’s airplane was derisively nicknamed “The Lolita Express” by some within the media after allegations emerged that he had used it to fly teenage women to his personal island, his New Mexico ranch and his New York City townhouse.

Flight data, made public as a part of civil litigation, additionally confirmed that Epstein had used the airplane to fly celebrities, influential teachers and politicians across the globe.

Luminaries who flew with Epstein have needed to beat again hypothesis that their presence on the flights meant they should have been conscious of the millionaire’s crimes. Clinton, like others who took rides from Epstein, has stated he was unaware of any misconduct.

Maxwell, 59, traveled for decades in circles that put her involved with achieved and rich folks earlier than her July 2020 arrest.

Asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurene Comey the place Maxwell stood within the hierarchy of Epstein’s world, Visoski stated Maxwell “was the Number 2.” He added that “Epstein was the large Number 1.”

The testimony helps what Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz instructed jurors in her opening assertion Monday when she stated Epstein and Maxwell had been “companions in crime.”

Pomerantz stated Maxwell recruited and groomed women for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to no less than 2004.

Maxwell has pleaded not responsible and one in all her attorneys stated in a gap assertion Monday that she’s being made a scapegoat for Epstein, who killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell at age 66 in August 2019 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial.

Visoski testified briefly on Monday earlier than starting Tuesday on the witness stand.

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