Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Live updates from Day 4
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Day No. 4 is a wrap
The trial ended for the day at about 4:50 p.m., with Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys set to begin cross-examination of Epstein’s longtime housekeeper, Juan Alessi, Friday morning.
Alessi testified Thursday about cleaning up a two-headed dildo after a number of Epstein’s massages at his Palm Beach mansion.
He said the dildo was kept in a wicker basket in Ghislaine Maxwell’s closet. He also saw pornographic tapes and a leather black costume in the basket, Alessi said.12 hours ago
Epstein’s former housekeeper described cleaning up after his boss’ massages and finding a “large dildo” — which he put away in Ghislaine Maxwell’s basket of sex toys.
“I remember finding a large dildo,” Juan Alessi told the court. “It looked like a huge man’s penis with two heads.”
Asked how he knew where it went, Alessi said, “That’s the place it was kept all the time.”
Former Epstein housekeeper, Juan Alessi, testified that Maxwell had an employee handbook that warned, “Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you.”
‘Many many many females’
Juan Alessi, Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime housekeeper in Palm Beach, Florida, testified that he saw a slew of women in their 20s lounging around the mansion, most of the time topless.
He said he saw two underage girls at the home while he was employed full-time by Epstein between 1991 and 2002.
Alessi identified “Jane,” one of the four Maxwell accusers in the trial, and Virginia Roberts Giuffre, as the minors hanging out with the pedophile and his alleged madam.
Maxwell wearing all black today
Maxwell, 59, turned up to court in head-to-toe black today.
Her sartorial choices so far in the trial have been a lot more subdued than the flashy ‘fits she wore as a jetsetting socialite. She’s mostly been opting for sweaters in shades of cream, gray and black, paired with black slacks.
The British heiress — who once appeared in a sexy art-book photo spread wearing a tiny, American flag-themed bikini — was a fixture on the New York social scene before pal Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 child prosecution conviction.
Who is Juan Alessi?
The prosecution’s current witness, Juan Alessi, worked for Jeffrey Epstein in Florida between 1990 and 2002.
Alessi said he was in charge of running Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, including cleaning, maintenance and shopping. He said the house was kept “like a 5-star resort.”
He took orders from both Epstein and Maxwell, who Alessi described as “the lady of the house.” She once told him Epstein didn’t like to be looked in the eyes.
“You should never look at his eyes,” Alessi said Maxwell told him.
His testimony continues.
How long is the trial set to last?
Maxwell’s federal sex-trafficking trial is anticipated to last about six weeks.
The proceedings started on Monday, and prosecutors said yesterday that it could take as long as three weeks for them to get through their witnesses. The defense will then have a chance to call their own witnesses.
Only one of the four accusers from the indictment against Maxwell — who used the pseudonym “Jane” to protect her privacy — has testified so far.
Here’s who is in court today
Two of Maxwell’s siblings, Kevin and Isabel, were back in the courtroom today and were spotted speaking to their sister separately before the proceedings started.
Maxwell gave her sister a thumbs up after their hushed conversation.
Teresa Helm, a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who has previously implicated Maxwell, was also spotted walking into the Lower Manhattan courthouse with her attorney Sigrid McCawley.
Break for lunch
Judge Alison Nathan called a lunch break at about 12:30 p.m. as Epstein’s longtime housekeeper was being grilled by Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey.
Jurors will return in about 45 minutes and housekeeper Juan Alessi will continue with his testimony.
Just before they broke, Alessi testified that Maxwell was the “lady of the house,” referring to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.
Ghislaine Maxwell trial continues
Welcome to Day 4 of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial in Manhattan federal court.
Here’s the latest:
–Jeffrey Epstein’s former housekeeper, Juan Alessi, is now testifying about his interactions with Maxwell.
–He took the stand after the cross-examination of Dr. Lisa Rocchio, a psychologist who spoke about the concept of “grooming.”
–Also questioned this morning was Paul Kane, the finance director of the Professional Children’s School on the Upper West Side, where one of the Maxwell accuser’s, Jane, went for her senior year.