The former dwelling supervisor of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate in Palm Seashore, Florida, testified on Thursday that a “property manual” issued to him and other employees by Ghislaine Maxwell was “degrading” to him.
On the fourth day of Maxwell’s prison trial, Juan Alessi, 72, reported he began performing as a upkeep contractor for Epstein in 1990, and began serving as home supervisor for Epstein’s Palm Beach front estate in 1991. He fulfilled Maxwell, he explained, that similar 12 months, and it turned straight away apparent that Maxwell has “a lot of, quite a few, many regulations” for all those associated in the management of Epstein’s affairs.
Asked by Assistant U.S. Lawyer Maurene Comey if the policies had been ever published down, Alessi testified that “yes, at the conclude of my continue to be I receive from Ms. Maxwell this booklet,” that contains requirements for the upkeep of Epstein’s property, “an unbelievable total of perform,” he mentioned, “enough operate for 10 persons.”
In accordance to a 2005 version of the “Domestic Guide” submitted to the courtroom as proof — which Alessi testified appeared like an up-to-date model of one at first presented to him by Maxwell — Epstein’s workers was predicted to attend to a painstakingly in-depth list of chores and checklists.
Comprehensive amongst them were the considerable preparations for the arrival of Epstein, Maxwell, or any of their visitors at the estate and what Alessi known as ‘degrading’ guidelines and polices outlining staff’s language, visual appearance and general actions.
The “Pre-Arrival Preparations Checkoff Record” for the “Learn Bed room,” for example, which Alessi testified Epstein and Maxwell commonly slept in jointly, includes “JE and GM telephone directories put to right of telephone” and “gun positioned in bedside desk drawer.”
Maxwell, Epstein’s previous girlfriend and longtime affiliate, faces a 6-count indictment for allegedly conspiring with and aiding Epstein in his sexual abuse of underage ladies between 1994 and 2004. She has been held without the need of bail since her arrest in July 2020 and has pleaded not guilty to the costs and proclaimed her innocence.
According to the guide, workers users have been prohibited from eating, ingesting and chewing gum in entrance of Epstein, Maxwell and their attendees, and were being urged to “steer clear of making use of robust fragrance or aftershave lotion as “this could trigger an allergic reaction.” They have been supplied a record of words and phrases “you do not say,” which bundled “Yeah,” “Certain,” “No trouble,” “You bet,” “Gotcha,” “Proper” and “I dunno.” And they ended up instructed to that “merchandise in pockets ought to not produce a bulge or be visible,” and encouraged to “not address Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell and their friends with your arms in your pocket.”
Below “Guest Select-Up and Fall-Off,” the guide outlines how to chauffeur company from the airport to the estate.
“Continue to keep dialogue to a minimal,” the guide instructs. “When you are driving Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell, hold your palms on the wheel. Your cellular phones must be positioned on ‘vibrate.’ At no time ought to you answer personal calls.”
Underneath “Grooming and Guest Relations,” Epstein’s employees is instructed that “[being] unobtrusive is vital.”
“Bear in mind that you see nothing, listen to practically nothing, say almost nothing, other than to remedy a query directed at you,” the handbook reads. “Respect their privateness. … Do not go over personalized issues with friends.”
Underneath “Answering the Phone,” the manual make it very clear that that security is of paramount importance.
“Unless normally instructed, In no way disclose Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell’s functions or whereabouts to any individual,” the guide reads. “The protection of the dwelling and of Mr Epstein, Ms Maxwell and their attendees, is your first thought and should be uppermost in your consciousness.”
Throughout cross-assessment on Friday, an lawyer for Maxwell recommended in his questioning of Alessi that another person other than Maxwell experienced essentially prepared the “Domestic Manual.”
Defense attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca claimed, “Epstein hired a countess and she put jointly the handbook,” and then claimed to Alessi, “You know that they hired a countess to generate the e-book?” Alessi answered, “I really don’t know that, sir.”
Pagliuca then asked Alessi about whether or not he agreed with the e-book and whether he adopted its recommendations, and Alessi reported that he did not.
“I did my chores. I did my operate. I don’t feel I at any time did the checks” in the handbook.