A former housekeeper to late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein told a federal court on Dec. 2 that Ghislaine Maxwell was the “lady of the house” who enforced his rules in his Florida mansion.
Juan Alessi, who worked at Epstein’s Palm Beach estate from about 1990 to 2002, testified on the fourth day of Maxwell’s child sex-trafficking trial in Manhattan that she had a “tremendous” number of rules, including “very degrading” orders.
“‘Never look at his eyes, look in another part of the room, and answer him,'” Alessi remembered Maxwell telling him.
“Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you,” Alessi read aloud a 58-page staff instruction manual exhibited in the court.
Alessi also testified that he saw “many, many, many females” at the estate “hundreds of times.”
Alessi also said that “75 percent of the time,” the women were topless.
Maxwell, 59, faces six counts of enticing and transporting minors for sex with Epstein and other powerful men — all of which she pleads not guilty to.
Alessi said that most of the women he saw appeared to be in their late 20s, but he also recalled two girls that appeared to be around 14 or 15 years old.
One of those girls testified earlier this week under the pseudonym, “Jane.”
Alessi’s testimony of recalling picking up Jane from school appeared to corroborate Jane’s testimony of a “Latin American” man picking her up.
Alessi is from Ecuador.
Jane said that Maxwell was often present and sometimes even participated in sexually abusing her.
If convicted, Maxwell faces a life sentence in prison.
The trial began on Nov. 29 and is expected to last six weeks.
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