The previous dwelling manager of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate in Palm Seashore, Florida, testified on Thursday that a “house handbook” issued to him and other workforce by Ghislaine Maxwell was “degrading” to him.
On the fourth working day of Maxwell’s felony trial, Juan Alessi, 72, mentioned he started out operating as a servicing contractor for Epstein in 1990, and started serving as property manager for Epstein’s Palm Seaside estate in 1991. He achieved Maxwell, he claimed, that exact same calendar year, and it turned promptly clear that Maxwell has “lots of, numerous, many procedures” for these involved in the administration of Epstein’s affairs.
Asked by Assistant U.S. Legal professional Maurene Comey if the policies had been at any time composed down, Alessi testified that “certainly, at the conclusion of my keep I acquire from Ms. Maxwell this booklet,” made up of standards for the repairs of Epstein’s household, “an amazing total of get the job done,” he claimed, “sufficient do the job for ten folks.”
According to a 2005 edition of the “Residence Manual” submitted to the courtroom as proof — which Alessi testified looked like an updated model of a single initially offered to him by Maxwell — Epstein’s staff was anticipated to attend to a painstakingly specific record of chores and checklists.
In-depth among them were being the considerable preparations for the arrival of Epstein, Maxwell, or any of their attendees at the estate and what Alessi referred to as ‘degrading’ principles and rules outlining staff’s language, physical appearance and normal habits.
The “Pre-Arrival Preparations Checkoff Record” for the “Learn Bedroom,” for illustration, which Alessi testified Epstein and Maxwell generally slept in jointly, involves “JE and GM telephone directories placed to suitable of phone” and “gun placed in bedside table drawer.”
Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and longtime associate, faces a six-count indictment for allegedly conspiring with and aiding Epstein in his sexual abuse of underage ladies in between 1994 and 2004. She has been held with out bail due to the fact her arrest in July 2020 and has pleaded not responsible to the rates and proclaimed her innocence.
In accordance to the guide, personnel members had been prohibited from eating, consuming and chewing gum in entrance of Epstein, Maxwell and their guests, and had been urged to “stay clear of using solid fragrance or aftershave lotion as “this could induce an allergic reaction.” They ended up provided a record of terms “you do not say,” which provided “Yeah,” “Confident,” “No dilemma,” “You guess,” “Gotcha,” “Correct” and “I dunno.” And they were instructed to that “goods in pockets ought to not create a bulge or be noticeable,” and suggested to “not deal with Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell and their visitors with your hands in your pocket.”
Less than “Guest Choose-Up and Fall-Off,” the manual outlines how to chauffeur visitors from the airport to the estate.
“Retain conversation to a least,” the manual instructs. “When you are driving Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell, maintain your hands on the wheel. Your mobile phones should be put on ‘vibrate.’ At no time really should you response non-public calls.”
Below “Grooming and Visitor Relations,” Epstein’s staff members is instructed that “[being] unobtrusive is important.”
“Try to remember that you see practically nothing, hear absolutely nothing, say absolutely nothing, except to answer a query directed at you,” the manual reads. “Regard their privateness. … Do not talk about individual issues with attendees.”
Below “Answering the Phone,” the manual make it obvious that that stability is of paramount importance.
“Unless of course or else instructed, In no way disclose Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell’s functions or whereabouts to anybody,” the guide reads. “The security of the property and of Mr Epstein, Ms Maxwell and their guests, is your initially thought and need to be uppermost in your consciousness.”
For the duration of cross-examination on Friday, an attorney for Maxwell instructed in his questioning of Alessi that anyone other than Maxwell had essentially geared up the “Home Manual.”
Defense lawyer Jeffrey Pagliuca said, “Epstein hired a countess and she place collectively the handbook,” and then stated to Alessi, “You know that they employed a countess to produce the e book?” Alessi answered, “I will not know that, sir.”
Pagliuca then requested Alessi about irrespective of whether he agreed with the e book and no matter whether he followed its guidelines, and Alessi claimed that he did not.
“I did my chores. I did my operate. I really don’t assume I ever did the checks” in the handbook.