“Try and anticipate the needs of Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell and their guests. “Do not discuss personal matters with guests.” “Unobtrusive is key.” “SMILE!” “Never disclose the activities or whereabouts of Mr. Epstein or Mrs. Maxwell to anyone.”
“Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you. Please respect their privacy.”
So read the “family guide” to the late sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion. Its ominous orders were delivered on Thursday during the criminal trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged accomplice – who is accused of grooming and abusing 14-year-old girls for him. in the 1990s and early 2000s.
On Thursday, Epstein’s former butler, Juan Alessi, testified that Maxwell gave him the brochure in his final year on the job and that “it was very bad for me”.
Alessi called the staff document “unbelievable” and said it contained instructions for employees on how to address Epstein and Maxwell (never put hands in pockets, never chew gum) and what they must wear— “Dark blue trousers with a white golf shirt, everyday shirt, white long-sleeved shirt for dinner”—and not to: “Avoid strong perfumes or lotions skin after shaving. This may cause an allergic reaction. “
“It was a warning,” Alessi testified. “I was supposed to be blind, deaf and dumb, speechless.”
In the stands, Alessi’s tone betrayed indignation as he recalled “many, many pages” and the booklet checklist that came with “an incredible amount of work”.
“I told her I wouldn’t do it,” Alessi said of Maxwell and what he sees as her directive.
The checklist, according to the 58-page government exhibit, requires staff to ensure that a firearm is placed in a bedside table drawer, shutters are closed and reading glasses, an eye mask, and ““Jeffrey Epstein large and small sticky notes” are on both bedside tables.
Alessi’s other duties include making breakfast at 5 a.m. and bathing Maxwell’s dog, a Yorkie named Max. When assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen Comey asked Alessi why he cooked when Epstein had his own chef, Alessi replied, “because chefs have the privilege of sleeping in it.”
“Epstein runs the house like a five-star hotel, Alessi said, adding that help was once delivered to Epstein’s New Mexico ranch for a ‘seminar’ on cleaning.
Alessi testified that he had seen “many, many women” visiting the mansion and most appeared to be “in their 20s”. He has also seen female guests by the pool “hundreds of times”. These visitors will interact with both Maxwell and Epstein, he said.
But he also recognized two younger girls: Jane Doe and Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
The testimony of the 71-year-old former manager, who was born in Ecuador, helped bolster the government’s case.
Alessi testified that he had met Jane – the pseudonym of Child Victim-1 in Maxwell’s indictment – and knew she was a minor. Testimony contradicts that of Epstein’s longtime pilot, Larry Visoski who says he believes Jane is a “mature woman.”
The housekeeper recalled meeting Jane at Epstein’s home the first time she visited her mother. “I introduced them to Miss Maxwell,” Alessi testified. “I don’t know exactly how old she is but she seems young. I would say 14, 15.”
As Jane continues to visit Epstein’s home, Alessi is tasked with picking her up. Comey asked Alessi who guided him to find Jane, and he replied, “One of two [Epstein] or Miss Maxwell. Alessi said he used to drive Jane, Epstein, Maxwell and Max the Yorkie to the airport.
In court, Alessi said Epstein and Maxwell relied on him to work around the clock but would not call him by his real name. “[Maxwell] Call me John. Mr. Epstein calls me John. But my name is Juan,” he testified.
He describes one day driving Maxwell to “luxury spas and country clubs”, on a tour that ended in President Trump Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Resort. The housekeeper then alleges that Maxwell spotted a young Virginia Roberts Giuffre and ordered him to pull over. “She said to me, ‘John, stop! “” Alessi testified. “I stopped the car, she opened the door and spoke to a girl who was walking downhill from the main gate towards the spa.” He said Maxwell briefly entered Mar-a-Lago with Giuffre, an Epstein victim who was working at the spa at the time, and that he saw the teenager at Epstein’s house later that night.
He said he started seeing Giuffre regularly even though Maxwell never told him why the boy was at home. (Giuffre has long claimed Epstein and Maxwell kept her as a “sex slave” and forced her to perform sex acts with powerful men around the world, including Britain’s Prince Andrew. The Royal Family and Maxwell have vehemently denied her allegations.)
Alessi also has knowledge of key people in Epstein’s world: Maxwell’s assistants, Emmy Tayler and Sarah Kellen, Epstein’s personal assistant and scheduler — both of whom are accused of facilitating Epstein and Maxwell abused minors. (Tayler does not appear to comment publicly about Epstein and Maxwell. After Epstein’s death, Kellen went through a spokesperson to say she was also a victim. In 2019, Spokesperson said Kellen “continues to grapple with the trauma of her experiences and has chosen not to speak publicly at this time.”)
His duties included stocking up on all of Epstein’s vehicles with hundreds of dollars in bills and cleaning out Epstein’s massage rooms — and washing down sex toys after the “massage” sessions. end. “I remember finding a big dildo. It looked like a giant man’s penis with two ends,” Alessi testified, adding that he put on his gloves, slipped it under the sink and returned it to its rightful place – into a wicker basket “the size of a trash can” in Maxwell’s cubicle.
According to Alessi, Maxwell’s wardrobe also contained pornographic tapes and a black leather outfit.
When asked if he received instructions to buy the items, Alessi said he doesn’t remember buying massage oils or perfumes because “they were bought by Ms. Maxwell.” Those oils allegedly included “all kinds of exotic oils… from other countries.”
“He describes driving Maxwell to ‘luxury spas and country clubs’ one day, during a tour that ended at former President Trump’s Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago.”
When Alessi first started working for Epstein in 1990, the perverted tycoon had a “massage” a day; By the time Alessi left Epstein’s company in 2002, that number had grown to three daily “massages”.
Alessi said he started working for Epstein after being recommended by one of the money manager’s friends, “Mr. Meister. (It’s unclear who Alessi was referring to, but Epstein’s infamous address book has an entry for the hedge fund manager. Todd Meister and his father Robert.) At the time, Alessi was running his own company managing and renovating the homes of the wealthy and testified that he even worked for the mother of the Victoria’s mogul mother. Secret Les Wexner, Epstein’s only known client for many years. .
In the end, Epstein asked Alessi to work for him exclusively in Palm Beach and ignored his other clients. The housekeeper said he worked “long hours” for Epstein, usually from 5am to 9 or 10pm and that “my position required it”. Alessi got a room on Epstein’s estate and later enlisted his wife to work for the financier.
Alessi said that when Maxwell entered Epstein’s life, he interacted with him “less and less” and instead took orders from social media. Among those decrees, Maxwell is said to have warned the housekeeper not to look Epstein in the eye when speaking to him but to “just look in another part of the room and answer him”.
By 2002, Alessi said he couldn’t take it anymore. “I was sick… very sick,” he recalls.
“I was sick and I was also very, very tired from work.”
Alessi quit and signed a separation agreement, which he said prohibited him from ever discussing Epstein or Maxwell’s lives.
But he’s coming back two years later – desperate, his marriage on the rocks, broken and having moved out of his family residence. “Somehow I got involved with another woman. Not emotionally related, but related,” Alessi testified.
He said he decided to sneak into Epstein’s lair through an unlocked sliding door, enter the “Lake Room,” the name of Epstein’s home office, and retrieve an envelope of money — $6,300 to be exact. .
“Who if someone has contacted you?” Comey asked.
“Only Mr. Epstein,” Alessi testified. “He said we need to talk.”
So Alessi talked to Epstein for about half an hour about the family, about Epstein’s mother, and the financier who confronted him about the theft. Epstein released a “very small photo that shows my face in the house,” Alessi said, apparently referring to security footage.
Epstein agreed to “loan” Alessi the cash and stated he would not press charges, as long as he returned the money. Alessi said he has fully reimbursed Epstein and has a receipt.
Comey asked if Alessi had ever been interviewed by police about the incident, to which Alessi replied, “Yes, because [Epstein’s] the request.”
Alessi never saw Epstein again.
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