Jeffrey Epstein’s former butler has told a court how they were “lots” of English accents at the paedophile’s home where he allegedly abused dozens of underage girls.
Giving evidence in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex abuse and grooming trial in New York, Juan Alessi was quizzed about the visitors to the billionaire’s Palm Beach home in Florida.
The British socialite’s defence lawyer, Jeffrey Pagliuca asked if a number of foreign people visited the house.
Mr Alessi, 71, agreed saying: "English accents. French accents. Italian accents."
The attorney asked: “Lots of different accents?” to which Mr Alessi said yes.
Already the trial has been told of at least three Brits who surrounded paedophile Epstein including Prince Andrew and a woman known as ‘Emmy’ who was Maxwell’s personal assistant.
Epstein killed himself in prison in 2019
Earlier Mr Alessi testified that he drove two girls who he believed appeared underage to the late financier's Palm Beach estate.
The former butler, who worked full-time for Epstein from 1991 to 2002, said he saw the two girls spend time with Epstein and Maxwell at the property, where he recalled cleaning sex toys from Epstein's massage room and storing them in Maxwell's bathroom.
Mr Pagliuca also questioned Mr Alessi about his admission to stealing money from Epstein, which he admitted, calling it the biggest mistake of his life.
During yesterday’s (FRI) evidence the attorney was admonished by trial judge Alison Nathan after he repeatedly called an alleged victim of Maxwell's by her real name and not the pseudonym ‘Jane’ which has been used.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking
The Brit, 59, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other crimes, including two perjury charges that will be tried at a later date.
Prosecutors accuse Maxwell of recruiting and grooming underage girls for Epstein to abuse, and say she participated in some of the encounters.
Her attorneys argue she is being scapegoated for his alleged crimes since the globetrotting investor is no longer alive.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in 2019 at the age of 66 while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.
Alessi's account came after testimony earlier this week from one of the girls he said he saw at Epstein's estate.
The woman now in her early 40s testifying under the pseudonym Jane who said Maxwell set her up for abuse by Epstein while she was 14, 15 and 16 in the mid-1990s.
Jane is the first of four Maxwell accusers expected to testify in the trial.
If convicted Maxwell faces up to 70 years in prison
Maxwell's attorneys questioned Jane about discrepancies between her testimony and earlier statements she made during interviews with law enforcement agents, and have said the women's memories have become distorted over time.
The defendant is further alleged to have lied under oath by hiding her participation in Epstein's offences during a separate civil case.
Maxwell, who has been held in a US jail since her arrest in July last year, denies all charges.
If convicted she faces up to 70 years in prison.
The trial continues.