Ghislaine Maxwell kept a detailed, 58-page list of rules for staff at Jeffrey Epstein‘s estate, according to evidence presented at the 59-year-old’s sex-trafficking trial. The accused “lady of the house” and longtime associate of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein faces six counts of conspiring and aiding the New York financier by procuring underage girls for over a decade.
Though she testified that she was simply just an “associate” of Epstein’s in an attempt to distance herself from his crimes, former housekeeper Juan Alessi had the “Maxwell Household Manual” issued as evidence in the trial to prove that her and Epstein had a much closer relationship.
Though Ghislaine Maxwell had her own bathroom, former housekeeper Juan Alessi testified that her and Epstein were very clearly sharing the master bedroom together, and that both of their telephone directories needed to be by the master bedroom phone.
He also revealed that Maxwell did not have her own bedroom at the Palm Beach, Fl. estate, and that she was very “degrading” to the staff about the strange rules they had to follow.
According to the 58-page manual, staff members were directed to “remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you.”
“Unless otherwise instructed, NEVER disclose Mr. Epstein or Ms. Maxwell’s activities or whereabouts to anyone,” the rulebook continued. “Do not be bullied … simply be firm.”
Staff were also ordered to report any “strange telephone calls or enquiries” to Ghislaine Maxwell, as well as “any unusual behavior, such as strangers lurking around the vicinity of the property.”
Former housekeeper Juan Alessi, who testified that Epstein and Maxwell refused to accurately pronounce his name and called him “John” instead, stated that they were both incredibly paranoid people.
Tensions were reportedly high just before 2005, right before Jeffrey Epstein was convicted and jailed for for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. Epstein plead guilty and only served 13 month, despite federal officers linking the financier to over 36 others underage girls alleged to have been sexually assaulted or raped by Mr. Epstein.
Other disturbing rules in Ghislaine Maxwell’s manual included always having a gun in her bedside table, and that staff should be available to be “called upon at any time, day or night.”
In Mr. Epstein’s garage, his cars had to have at least a third-quarter tank full of gas and an emergency stash of $100. Staff were not allowed to eat or drink in Jeffrey’s presence, or their guests, and were forbidden from “expound[ing] on the weather or any other subject” in polite conversation as they went about their work.
Words such as “yeah,” “sure,” “gotcha,” “you bet,” “I dunno,” and “no problem,” were banned from use, with staff directed to respond with “with pleasure” and “you are quite right.”
Former housekeeper Juan Alessi also testified that his employment with Maxwell and Epstein extended past duties in the home, and that he often drove to pick up “Jane,” a key unnamed witness in the trial who was 14 years old at the time. He said he was ordered by Ghislaine Maxwell to pick up “Jane” because she “didn’t have a license.”
“Jane,” now a 41-year-old woman, testified that a sweet Latin American man often picked her up, and that she unknowingly suffered sexual abuse at the hands of both Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
“I am here to hopefully, finally, find some sort of closure to all of this,” Jane said in court. “This is something that I have been running from my entire life up until now. And I’m just tired of it.”