Jeffrey Epstein's former Palm Beach property manager testified Thursday that Ghislaine Maxwell had a 58-page handbook that warned employees: "Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you."
Juan Alessi, who worked for the disgraced financier from 1990 to 2002, told jurors that Maxwell controlled every aspect of Epstein's Florida estate and that she issued "a tremendous amount" of rules, which included avoiding eye contact with the alleged pedophile.
"Mr. Epstein doesn't like to be looked at in his eyes," Alessi said Maxwell told him. "Never look at his eyes. Look in another part of the room and answer him."
Alessi told jurors during the fourth day of Maxwell's sex trafficking trial that he took rules as "a kind of warning."
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He also testified he saw two underage girls at the mansion, including "Jane," one of Epstein's alleged victims who testified earlier this week.
He said he remembered Jane as a "strikingly beautiful girl" who visited the sprawling estate with her mother.
"I don't know exactly how old she was, but she appeared to be young," he said. "I would say 14, 15."
Alessi added that he was instructed at times by Epstein and Maxwell to pick Jane up from school or her home and bring her to the estate.
Jane testified that Maxwell had recruited and groomed her to have sex with Epstein and his high-profile friends.
Alessi, who will be cross-examined by the defense Friday morning, also testified about cleaning up sex toys and pornographic material after a number of Epstein's massages at his mansion.
Maxwell, the 59-year-old daughter of British media mogul Robert Maxwell, faces six counts of trafficking-related charges, including enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. She is also accused of conspiracy, including using one of Epstein's alleged victims to recruit other girls to participate in "paid sex acts with Epstein."
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She's also charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath during depositions in a civil lawsuit against her.
Maxwell has denied the accusations.
She claims she was a victim and pawn in Epstein's seedy sexual exploits, but prosecutors say she was a willing participant who recruited and groomed young girls to have sex with Epstein and his friends.
If convicted, she could spend 80 years behind bars.
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Epstein killed himself in a New York prison in August 2019, a month after he was arrested.
Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 in her New Hampshire estate.