JEFFREY Epstein kept “small” schoolgirl outfits in his massage room and explicit photographs of young girls on display, a court heard today.
Prosecutors at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial said they wanted the pictures and outfits to be used in evidence to show the millionaire’s “interest in underage girls”.
Judge Alison Nathan, sitting in New York, agreed – but ruled that supposed semen stains found on one of Epstein’s massage tables was not admissible as evidence.
Maxwell, 59, is accused of preying on vulnerable young girls and luring them to massage rooms to be molested by her former lover between 1994 and 2004.
Epstein would make staff take down pictures of Maxwell when he attended his home in Florida with women and girls, the court heard today.
The jury was also shown police videotape of the interior of Epstein’s Florida home which will not be made available to the media or public.
Shot during a 2005 raid at the Palm Beach home, the footage shows the property decorated with nude photos and paintings of young women.
Federal prosecutors claim the salacious decor is proof of a sexualized atmosphere encouraged by Maxwell.
Prosecutors have alleged the socialite groomed girls by taking them on shopping trips and movie outings and encouraging them to accept financial help from Epstein.
It is also alleged she talked to the girls about sex and encouraged them to give Epstein massages. She denies all the allegations.
The financier’s former housekeeper Juan Alessi was cross-examined by Maxwell’s defence counsel Jeffrey Pagliuca on Friday, in which he described his employment as “slavery”.
He also said he wished alleged victims had complained to him at the time he worked there, telling the court in Manhattan: “I wish they had, I would have done something.”
The housekeeper admitted driving 14-year-old ‘Jane’ – Maxwell’s youngest accuser – to Epstein’s house in Florida, and seeing Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts there when she was “14 or 15”.
Mr Alessi confirmed he was handed a household manual by “lady of the house” Maxwell when he managed Epstein’s Palm Beach home between 1994 and 2002.
The highly-detailed 58-page booklet, which was written by a “countess”, the court heard, was released today.
It told Epstein’s staff to “try and anticipate the needs of Mr Epstein, Ms Maxwell and their guests”, adding: “Do not discuss personal problems with guests. Unobtrusive is the key.”
In capital letters it told them to: “SMILE!”
It detailed what Maxwell and Epstein liked for breakfast and even that she had ‘Lady Ghislaine’ note paper around the house in Florida.
Lady Ghislaine was the name of the boat owned by her father Robert Maxwell who fell off the vessel and drowned near the Canary Islands in 1991.
The household manual warned staff: “NEVER disclose Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell’s activities or whereabouts to anyone.
“Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you. Respect their privacy.”
Mr Alessi, 71, testified: “It was a warning. I was supposed to be blind, deaf and dumb, to say nothing.”
GHISLAINE Maxwell faces six charges over her alleged involvement with Jeffrey Epstein:
- Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
- Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex
- Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
- Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
- Sex trafficking conspiracy
- Sex trafficking of a minor
The manual also specified that a gun was “placed in beside table drawer” in the master-bedroom shared by Epstein and Maxwell in Palm Beach home.
After calling the booklet “degrading”, Alessi, speaking of the 24/7 work he did for Epstein and Maxwell, said: “It was slavery.”
Ecuadorian Alessi testified on Thursday that he had placed a “large dildo” back in Maxwell’s closet and found a black leather “costume” in there too.
The British socialite faces six charges linked to Epstein’s sex trafficking ring and has pleaded not guilty.
Ghislaine appeared in court this week along with her sister Isabel, her brother Kevin and a small group of supporters.
Epstein and Maxwell rubbed shoulders with the world’s rich and famous – allegedly hiding in plain sight amid a web of sex abuse.
Multi-millionaire Epstein would keep a “little black book” of powerful contacts as he jetted around the world allegedly with Maxwell.
Prosecutors argue Maxwell “served up” young girls to her former lover and also allegedly participated in some of the attacks.
She is also alleged to have lied under oath by hiding her participation in Epstein’s offences during a separate civil case.
Her lawyers deny all charges against her and claim she is being made a proxy for Epstein and have painted the alleged victims as money-hungry.