Schoolgirl outfits were found at Epstein’s New York mansion along with a photo of the financier’s underage goddaughter in her underwear that hung outside the Palm Beach bedroom he shared with Ghislaine Maxwell, court hears
- Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial heard Friday how schoolgirl outfits were found at Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion when the FBI raided the property in 2019
- The agents found the ‘small’ costumes on the same floor as the massage room, the court heard Friday
- Judge Alison Nathan allowed into evidence a photo of Epstein’s underage goddaughter in her underwear
- The photo hung outside the bedroom he allegedly shared with Maxwell at the house in Palm Beach which was found in 2005 when the FBI raised the house
- The prosecution can also use a photo kept on his desk of the same girl where she is on Epstein’s lap and he appears to be ‘pulling her underwear’
- Maxwell’s attorney Christian Everdell said he worried that the image of the girl would make people think Epstein liked ‘prepubescent’ girls
Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, is on trial for allegedly procuring underage girls for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein,. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges
Schoolgirl outfits were found at Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion when the FBI raided the property in 2019, Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial heard on Friday.
The agents found the ‘small’ costumes on the same floor as the massage room, the court heard. Judge Alison Nathan admitted the outfits into evidence for when they are raised by a witness.
She also allowed into evidence a photo of Epstein’s underage goddaughter in her underwear that hung outside the bedroom he allegedly shared with Maxwell at the house in Palm Beach which was found in 2005 when the FBI raised the house.
The prosecution can also use a photo kept on his desk of the same girl where she is on Epstein’s lap and he appears to be ‘pulling her underwear’ and biting her bottom.
Maxwell’s attorney Christian Everdell said he worried that the image of the girl would make people think Epstein liked ‘prepubescent’ girls.
After Epstein’s arrest in 2019 the FBI revealed that they found a ‘vast trove’ of nude photos in the safe of his $77million New York mansion, along with CDs of images showing underage girls.
But this is the first time the existence of schoolgirl outfits has been revealed.
Day Five of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began Friday at a Manhattan courthouse. Maxwell is seen in a court sketch
Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial heard Friday how schoolgirl outfits were found at Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion when the FBI raided the property in 2019
Judge Nathan allowed into evidence a photo of Epstein’s underage goddaughter in her underwear that hung outside the bedroom he allegedly shared with Maxwell at the house in Palm Beach which were found in 2005 when the FBI raised the house
Maxwell’s lawyer Christian Everdell said that if it were allowed in then the jury might make a ‘moral judgement about conduct that is legal’.
Alison Moe, one of the prosecutors, said: ‘The fact that Jeffrey Epstein had a couple of schoolgirl outfits on the same floor as his massage room may be legs but it directly speaks to a preference for underage girls’.
She added that it shows Epstein ‘maintained an interest in schoolgirls’ long after the period for which Maxwell is charged, that being 1994-2004.
Moe said: ‘Schoolgirl costumes, small ones, were found on the same floor of the house by the massage rooms where underage girls were abused’.
Everdell objected to the use of the photo of Epstein’s goddaughter which was outside his bedroom because they may make an ‘inappropriate conclusion’ from it.
Maurene Comey, one of the prosecutors, said the girl was a ‘clearly underage female in her underwear’ and being displayed so prominently in Epstein’s home was ‘highly probative.’
She said it contrasted the idea put forward by the defense that Epstein was an ‘upstanding citizen’ because he knew important people and ‘Presidents.’
That meant there was no way he could ever have such a ‘vile attraction to underage girls.’
Comey noted that the photo was ‘outside the bedroom the defendant shared with him (Epstein).’
Comey said that Epstein’s ‘lifestyle and the way he decorated his home contradicted the public persona.’
She added that ‘the defendant knew not only the public persona but the private persona’, a persona which wanted to have sex with underage girls.
One of Maxwell’s accusers known as ‘Jane’ broke down in court as she was quizzed about the ‘orgies’ and ‘sexualized massages’ she claims she was forced into while under age by Maxwell
Teresa Helm, victim of Jeffrey Epstein, and her attorney, were seen heading into the courthouse on Friday
Maxwell’s siblings Isabel and Kevin Maxwell showed up to the courthouse support their sister Friday
Judge Nathan allowed the photo along with another one which sat on one of Epstein’s desk.
Comey said that depicted Epstein ‘with a young girl across his lap and appears to be pulling down her underwear’ and making it look like he is ‘biting her backside’.
Everdell said it was a ‘playful moment’ and was ‘nothing illegal.’
Comey said it showed a ‘deeply disturbing oversexualizing of a young girl’.
Judge Nathan allowed it to be admitted.
Judge Nathan refused to allow into evidence an account from a law enforcement agent who was involved in the 2005 raid on Epstein’s Palm Beach home who thought he saw some semen in the property.
Judge Nathan asked if it had been tested and after being told no said it couldn’t be used.
There was an audible gasp in court when one of Maxwell’s lawyers, Jeff Pagliuca, said the real first name of the first accuser, who has only been identified as Jane to protect her anonymity.
Judge Nathan admonished Mr Pagliuca and ordered the remark stricken from the record.
On Thursday, Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Alessi, 72, took the stand and revealed how she wanted the house run like a ‘five-star hotel’. He’s seen entering court Friday
On Thursday, Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Alessi, 72, took the stand and revealed how she wanted the house run like a ‘five-star hotel,’ which included washing Epstein’s car, stuffing it with $100 bills and avoiding eye contact with him, as Maxwell claimed he detested it.
Staff were handed a 58-page ‘Household Manual’ filled with demands: ‘Try and anticipate the needs of Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell and their guests;’ ‘Do not discuss personal problems with guests;’ ‘Unobtrusive is the key;’ ‘SMILE!’ and ‘NEVER disclose Mr. Epstein or Ms. Maxwell’s activities or whereabouts to anyone.’
One bullet on the checklist read: ‘See nothing. Say nothing.’
When asked by prosecutor Maurene Comey what he understood that meant, Alessi replied: ‘I was supposed to be blind, deaf, to say nothing.’
In the master bedroom, staff were to ensure a gun was placed in a bedside table drawer, shutters were closed, and that reading glasses, eye masks and ‘Jeffrey Epstein large and small notepads’ were on both bedside tables.
Maxwell demanded the staff use ‘proper language’ with a list of things ‘you don’t say’: ‘Yeah,’ ‘Sure,’ ‘No problem,’ ‘You bet,’ ‘Gotcha,’ ‘Right’ and ‘I dunno.’
When complimented, according to the manual, they should respond: ‘You are very kind’ and ‘Thank, you, Ms. ____. I enjoy doing it.’
Alessi’s other duties were to make breakfast at 5 a.m. and bathe Maxwell’s dog – a Yorkshire Terrier called Max.
He told the court he was expected to be up at the crack of dawn to make the food rather than Epstein’s professional cooks, ‘because the chefs have the privilege to sleep in.’
Alessi also said that part of his job was to clean up after Epstein’s massages – which he said Maxwell scheduled three times per day and which usually took place in his bathroom.
Asked by the prosecutor if he ever found anything ‘unexpected’ after the massages, Alessi said that he found a ‘large dildo,’ describing it as ‘a huge man’s penis with two heads.’
Alessi did not clarify whether it was the sex toy called a ‘Twin Torpedo’ referred to by prosecutors in pretrial filings.
Alessi said that he put gloves on and ‘ran it under the water and put the dildo in Ms. Maxwell’s closet in (her) bathroom’ inside of a wicker basket.
Alessi said that he saw ‘pornographic tapes and a black leather costume’ in the same basket.
He said that three or four other times he found two other sex toys: one that looked ‘like a pillow’ and another that looked like an ‘arm’ which had a rubber vibrating part at the end.
He put those items in Epstein’s dresser, Alessi said.
Pages from the meticulous manual detailing the checklist for Epstein’s bedroom
Alessi said that he first met Maxwell in 1991 and after that his relationship with Epstein became less ‘cordial’ and more ‘professional’.
Alessi said: ‘From the day she came to the house she right away took over. She mentioned to me she was going to be the lady of the house. She also told me she was in charge of (Epstein’s) other properties’
According to Alessi, Maxwell was with Epstein on his visits to the property ’95 percent of the time.’
In an interview with Palm Beach police in 2005, Alessi admitted he would wash off vibrators and a long rubber penis after a young girl visited Epstein for a massage.
The bed would have to be made up after each massage as well, strongly suggesting some kind of sexual activity.
Alessi said that he remembered two girls during his employment with Epstein who appeared to be underage.
He was shown a photo of the first accuser in the trial, known as Jane, and confirmed it was her.
The second was Virginia Roberts, the woman who claims that Epstein loaned her out to Prince Andrew for sex when she was 17, allegations he denies.
Alessi took the stand Thursday in Day Four of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial
Alessi also said that he found sex toys when he cleaned up for Epstein after his massages
Alessi said that Jane was ‘introduced to me by Ms. Maxwell’ at the Palm Beach house and he estimated she was around 14 or 15 at the time.
Alessi said that on Jane’s visits to Epstein’s house he would pick her up and that he recalled Maxwell ‘instructed’ him to chauffeur her.
Asked by prosecutor Maurene Comey why she didn’t drive herself, Alessi said she didn’t have a license.
When she arrived at the residence she would go to Maxwell’s desk: Alessi said it was ‘not my job to ask where they were going’.
Alessi said he recalled driving Maxwell, Epstein and Jane to Epstein’s plane and seeing them board together.
The six charges against Maxwell:
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
Sex Trafficking Conspiracy
Sex Trafficking of a Minor
Ghislaine Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury but those counts are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial.
The charges relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.
They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.
To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.
She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.
The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.
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