Images of Epstein’s ‘James Bond’ lifestyle revealed in Maxwell trial
Pictures presented as evidence in the trial of disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell have been released by the New York court where the case is heard.
Ms Maxwell is accused of sex trafficking and preparing underage girls to be abused by disgraced billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, with whom she had a relationship. She is also accused of having directly participated in the abuses.
Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other crimes.
In opening statements, Ms Maxwell’s defense team described Epstein’s way of life as that of James Bond, and numerous images posted bear witness to this, showing lavish properties and a fleet of private planes.
He has maintained a high profile circle of friends, including Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Leslie Wexner, and many other politicians and celebrities have flown in his planes.
However, in 2008 he pleaded guilty and was convicted of procuring a child for prostitution and soliciting a prostitute and served a 13-month sentence.
Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on federal charges of child sex trafficking in Florida and New York. He died in a New York City jail cell in August of that year, his death being deemed suicide by the medical examiner.
Her death shifted the focus of the investigation into what happened at Epstein’s properties onto Ms Maxwell, who was charged in 2020 with the crimes of seducing minors and sex trafficking underage girls.
When Ms Maxwell and Epstein began their relationship in the early 1990s, she became the “lady of the house,” according to the testimony of Epstein’s former housekeeper at her Palm Beach property.
The testimony of the first accuser, “Jane”, described how she was invited to the Palm Beach house at the age of 14 and found Ms Maxwell and other topless around the pool.
Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Alessi testified that it was common for there to be a lot of topless or topless girls around the pool, and provided a living testimony of her time working at the House.
He said there was a strict list of daily tasks set by Ms Maxwell, including not to repeat everything he saw or heard around the house.
Mr Alessi confirmed the presence of “Jane” and other young girls at the house, and said that one of his tasks was to clean up after Epstein used his massage room, in which he would find sex toys.
In addition to Ms Maxwell, another figure in Epstein’s life mentioned in court testimony was Sarah Kellen, his personal assistant, who allegedly organized the girls’ trip and even escorted them to her bedroom.
Ms Kellen has not been charged and considers herself a victim of Epstein, claiming that she was recruited into his world at a vulnerable time and then was sexually and psychologically assaulted by him.
Other Epstein properties that were referenced by the court included his New York townhouse; his ranch, “Zorro”, in New Mexico; and its private island in the Caribbean – Little St James, near St Thomas.
The sprawling New Mexico property was secluded and centered around one expansive house. The victim known as “Jane” recalled visiting the property and feeling “watched”.
More famously, Epstein’s Caribbean property has been the cause of much speculation over the past few years about visitors and what was going on there. Ms. Maxwell is also the subject of an investigation by the United States Virgin Islands Department of Justice regarding events in the Caribbean.
To travel between all of these properties, Epstein had a fleet of planes, including a Boeing that became notoriously known as the “Lolita Express” for its alleged role in transporting underage girls between its properties. There was also a private helicopter to travel from St Thomas to the private island.
The lawsuit was heard by longtime Epstein pilot Larry Visoski, who recalled flying “Jane” in the Gulfstream jet, as well as passengers on board including Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump. and Kevin Spacey.
Mr Visoski also said that in 30 years he had never seen Epstein or Ms Maxwell be inappropriate around underage girls.
The trial continues.