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A former housekeeper for Jeffrey Epstein has told the court that he used to drive underage girls to Epstein’s mansion when ordered to by Ghislaine Maxwell.
Yesterday, December 1, Epstein’s chief pilot of over 25 years took the stand to give evidence and revealed who flew on his private plane, calling out Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey, among others.
Today, December 2, the court heard testimony from Epstein’s former housekeeper who described the various tasks he was instructed to do by Maxwell and Epstein. Among his duties, he says he was told to pick up and drive underage girls to the mansion.
Juan Patricio Alessi, 72, worked for Epstein at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. That’s where he says he was instructed to take one of Maxwell’s alleged victims, who chose to go by the pseudonym ‘Jane’. Alessi also says he was told to drive the Duke Of York’s accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, to the mansion.
Alessi’s testimony during Maxwell’s trial included more details about what he says he witnessed at the Palm Beach estate. When asked who he saw at Epstein’s mansion, Alessi said he would see ‘many, many, many females’ and that around ’75, 80%’ of the women would be topless when they were at his pool.
When asked about how he met Maxwell’s accuser, Jane, Alessi said he met her when she came to Epstein’s home with her mother. Alessi described her as ‘I would say 14-15. I don’t know how old but she looked young.’
‘I was told to pick her up either by Ms Maxwell or Mr Epstein,’ Alessi said. ‘I remember picking her up from school… and I picked up Jane from her house.’
The former housekeeper said he recognised Jane from her contact details, which he found in Epstein’s telephone directory. In the directory, she was allegedly listed as a masseuse.
Alessi was also asked about how he knew Virginia Roberts, telling the court he saw her come to the house ‘very often’ and was ‘told to pick her up a couple of times from her house.’
Alessi also revealed special instructions he was given about how he was supposed to act when working for Maxwell and Epstein:
Only that I was supposed to speak to Mr Epstein when he asked me questions.
At the end of my stay, I was told Jeffrey doesn’t like looking in his eyes so don’t look in his eyes, just look at another part of the room and answer him.
From the cleaning of the house, to change the sheets in his room, changing the sheets in the guest rooms, to the shopping, taking care of the cars, making sure the cars were clean, make sure there were 100 dollar bills in the car.
The house needed to be immaculate – like a five star hotel.
Alessi said he was told ‘unless otherwise instructed, never disclose Mr Epstein and Ms Maxwell’s activities or whereabouts to anyone’.
Maxwell, a former girlfriend of Epstein’s, is on trial for sex trafficking charges and has been accused of recruiting and grooming young girls for the former financier between 1994 and 2004. She has denied all of the charges and pleaded not guilty.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 between 12pm–2.30pm and 7pm– 9.30pm every day. Alternatively, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas
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