Jurors at Maxwell trial shown Epstein’s massage table, photo of sex toys


NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – A inexperienced massage desk seized from Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach property was carried right into a Manhattan federal courtroom on Friday, the place British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial for her alleged position within the sex abuse of underage ladies.

Prosecutors have stated many of Epstein’s encounters with youngsters started as massages earlier than escalating, calling the time period “massage” a “ruse” to get ladies to the touch Epstein.

Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not responsible to eight counts of sex trafficking and different crimes for allegedly recruiting and grooming ladies for Epstein to abuse.

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Her attorneys argue she is being scapegoated as a result of Epstein can’t be prosecuted, after killing himself in a Manhattan jail in 2019 at age 66 whereas awaiting trial on sex abuse prices. Maxwell is a former Epstein girlfriend.

Jeffrey Parkinson, a retired police officer concerned within the 2005 search as half of an investigation into Epstein’s conduct, testified on the fifth day of Maxwell’s trial that he carried the massage desk from Epstein’s property.

Prosecutor Maurene Comey additionally confirmed jurors a photo of a field labeled “Twin Torpedos” {that a} colleague of Parkinson’s, Michael Dawson, stated contained sex toys taken from an upstairs closet.

“We had been in search of massage tables, we had been in search of massage oils, we had been in search of sex toys, we had been in search of correspondence,” Dawson testified on Friday afternoon.

The demonstrations got here after Epstein’s former home supervisor, Juan Alessi, accomplished his personal testimony.

Alessi had testified on Thursday that Epstein was receiving about three massages each day by the point he left his job in 2002.

He stated he typically discovered sex toys whereas cleansing the massage room and saved them in Maxwell’s lavatory.

Alessi referred to as Maxwell the “woman of the home” at the Palm Beach property, saying she typically directed him to schedule Epstein’s massages, and that he typically drove her on scouting missions to spas to seek out new therapists for Epstein.

A girl who recognized herself as Jane testified this week that she ceaselessly massaged Epstein at the Palm Beach residence whereas she was a young person within the mid-Nineties.

She stated Epstein typically touched her sexually throughout their encounters, through which Maxwell typically participated. Epstein typically paid her, she added.

Alessi testified that Jane’s actual identify was in a listing he saved of Epstein’s masseusses. He additionally stated that earlier than Epstein and Maxwell arrived in Florida for the weekend, the home workers was instructed to position a number of $100 payments in Epstein’s vehicles.

Maxwell’s attorneys on Friday sought to problem Jane’s recollection of the occasions when cross-examining Alessi.

They questioned his recollection of having met Jane in 1994, when she stated she was first abused at 14, pointing to an earlier assertion he made that he met her years later, when she might need been of authorized age.

Alessi replied that he didn’t keep in mind the exact yr he met Jane.

Maxwell’s trial is anticipated to renew on Monday and final into January.

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Reporting by Luc Cohen;
Editing by Sandra Maler and Alistair Bell

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