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‘Ladies in the house’ Ghislaine Maxwell told staff to never make eye contact with Jeffrey Epstein, former housekeeper says

A former housekeeper of Jeffrey Epstein said that Ghislaine Maxwell told him never to look the disgraced financier in the eye.

Juan Patricio Alessi, who worked at Epstein’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, testified before a New York grand jury on Thursday that Ms Maxwell was “the lady of the house” and gave him “a lot of instructions” “.

He said Mrs Maxwell, 59, told him to “only speak to Mr Epstein when he asked questions” and asked for “extensive preparations” whenever Epstein visited.

Mr. Alessi’s testimony is given fourth day of Ms. Maxwell’s trial for sex trafficking in New York City, after a woman known only as “Jane” told the court that Ms. Maxwell was in the room when Epstein assaulted her.

Prosecutors accused the British social media site, who was Epstein’s girlfriend for many years, of hunting vulnerable young girls and luring them to massage parlors to be sexually harassed by him. from 1994 to 2004. Ms. Maxwell insisted she was innocent of all charges.

Epstein himself was found dead in his cell at a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The death is believed to be a suicide.

In court on Thursday, Mr Alessi corroborated some of Jane’s testimony, saying he picked her up and took her to Epstein and that she looked at the time to be about 14 or 15 years old.

He said Epstein received up to three massages a day – in the morning, afternoon and after dinner. Jane has previously said that many of Epstein’s massages were a precursor to sexual assaults.

He also recalled the day he met Virginia Giuffre, then known as Virginia Roberts, who accused Prince Andrew of assaulting her after meeting her through Epstein and Miss Maxwell. Mr Alessi said she looked “young”. The Duke firmly denies the claims and is fighting them in court

When asked about Mrs. Maxwell’s role in the Palm Beach house, Mr. Alessi said: “I understand her as the lady of the house. She told me that she would become the lady of the house…

“At the end of my vacation, I was told [by Ms Maxwell] Jeffrey doesn’t like to look him in the eye so don’t look him in the eye. Just look in another part of the room and answer him.”

On preparing for Epstein’s appearance, he said: “It was extensive preparation. It is very elaborate.

“From cleaning the house, changing the gas in his room, changing the gas in the living room, to shopping, taking care of the car, making sure the car is clean, making sure there are $100 bills in the house. the car. The house needs to be perfect – like a five-star hotel.”

At one point, he said, he was given a 58-page booklet with a long list of tasks to maintain the house, part of a workload he described as “very rundown”. He said he told Ms. Maxwell that he couldn’t complete all the duties along with his other job, saying it was enough work for 10 men.

The instructions, which Mr Alessi read aloud in court, included “see nothing. Say nothing”, “don’t discuss your personal matters with guests” and “respect their privacy”. A bullet point says “Never reveal” either of the couple’s “wherever or activity”.

Mr. Alessi said: “I was said to be blind, deaf … unable to speak.

He added that he was also asked to check the perimeter fence for holes that Max, Miss Maxwell’s Yorkshire Terrier, could have escaped.

The trial continued.

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