Jeffrey Epstein victim asks if ex-staff knew more than they disclosed at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

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Juan Alessi, who worked full-time for Jeffrey Epstein from 1991 to 2002, is cross-examined by defense attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., December 3, 2021. - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters
Juan Alessi, who worked full-time for Jeffrey Epstein from 1991 to 2002, is cross-examined by defense attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, U.S., December 3, 2021. - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

A victim of Jeffrey Epstein has questioned whether former employees who gave evidence to a New York court this week about ferrying teenage girls for the financier and Ghislaine Maxwell knew more than they have disclosed about the scale of the abuse.

Lawrence “Larry” Visoski, Epstein’s pilot of nearly 30 years, and Juan Alessi, a longtime housekeeper at his Florida mansion, took the stand as witnesses for the US government.

It has been claimed Mr Visoski and Mr Alessi, 71 - neither of whom have ever been charged with any crimes - may hold the key to understanding how the vast sex-trafficking ring run by Epstein, allegedly with the help of British socialite Ms Maxwell, went unexplosed for several decades. She denies the charges.

Maria Farmer, a victim of Epstein’s alongside her younger sister Annie, who is testifying on Monday, accused Mr Visoski of “transporting little girls 24/7 via a jet” and claimed Mr Alessi “knew and enabled paedophilia for decades.”

She questioned why, after Mr Alessi told a podcast he had noticed the girls Epstein spent time with were becoming "younger and younger" he did not report his concerns.

 Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., the former pilot for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, enters a federal courthouse to testify in the sex trafficking trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) - Ted Shaffrey /AP
Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., the former pilot for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, enters a federal courthouse to testify in the sex trafficking trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) - Ted Shaffrey /AP

Both Mr Visoski and Mr Alessi have denied the allegations, claiming in Ms Maxwell’s trafficking trial that began on Monday that they never witnessed either Epstein or Ms Maxwell acting inappropriately with underage girls or trafficked women.

The pilot captained Epstein's private jet - known infamously as the “Lolita Express” - just one of several private aircraft which prosecutors believe was used to shuttle minors between Epstein's residences in New York and Palm Beach.

Mr Visoski, who estimated he flew over 1,000 times with Epstein between 1991 and 2019, documented his trips around the world on a now-deleted Instagram account, “Capt Big Dawg”.

He testified this week that he did not believe any of the unaccompanied females on the planes were under the age of 18.

However, he said he had met one of the alleged victims in Ms Maxwell’s criminal case, who is using the pseudonym “Jane”, as well as Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who would have been 16 at the time.

A massage table is displayed in court during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters
A massage table is displayed in court during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell - Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

He described Jane - who said she was 14 when she first flew on Epstein’s Gulfstream IV - as "a mature woman with piercing powder blue eyes" and apparently previously described noticing her “large breasts”.

Epstein’s pilots were served with the subpoenas in 2019, following Epstein’s arrest in July on conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges.

Mr Visoski told the court on Monday how Epstein gave him four acres of land at his sprawling “Zorro” ranch in New Mexico, where he went on to build a family home.

He said Epstein also paid for both his daughters’ university tuition and bought several luxury cars in Mr Visoski’s name.

Meanwhile, Mr Alessi, who worked full-time on the Palm Beach estate from 1991 to 2002, told the jury of how he would phone women on the instruction of Epstein and Ms Maxwell to book massages for the New York-born financier.

Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers Jeffrey Pagliuca and Laura Menninger - Ted Shaffrey /AP
Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers Jeffrey Pagliuca and Laura Menninger - Ted Shaffrey /AP

Mr Alessi told Palm Beach police in 2005 as part of their investigation into Epstein that he had as many as three massages a day, and that towards the end of his employment, in 2002, the women giving them were “younger and younger.”

He told podcast Broken: Seeking Justice last year that he had warned Epstein he was seeing too many women. “I told him 'one of these girls one day is going to get you in trouble'," he claims.

“Yet Juan never reported any of it,” Maria Farmer said on Friday.

Ms Maxwell's lawyers on Friday appeared to attempt to liken Mr Alessi's role to the part that Ms Maxwell is alleged to have played.

"You were there... You knew what was happening", defence attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca said.

Asked whether he believed the people sent to perform sessions on Epstein were "of age," Mr Alessi responded: "I believed so."

Mr Pagliuca asked him if anyone ever alerted him to the abuse.

"No. They never did. I wish they did because I would have done something to stop it," he told the court.

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