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Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers to grill ex-Epstein employee who testified about underage girls -Breaking

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© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Ghislaine, the Jeffrey Epstein partner accused of sextrafficking, is seen entering the courtroom, followed by U.S. Court marshalls. She was being tried in New York City. U.S. December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Ghislaine Maxwell’s defense lawyers are expected to contest the testimony of a former Jeffrey Epstein employee that he claimed he drove two girls he thought were underage to his Palm Beach estate.

Juan Alessi worked for Epstein full time from 1991 through 2002. He said that the girls were seen spending time at Maxwell’s sex abuse trial. Maxwell recalled him cleaning Epstein’s spa room of sex toys and placing them in Maxwell’s bathroom.

Alessi was cross-examined in court by the attorneys of the British socialite during the fifth day.

Maxwell, who is 59 years old, has pleaded no guilty to eight counts related to sex trafficking. Maxwell will also be facing two perjury charges.

Prosecutors allege Maxwell of grooming and recruiting underage girls in order to abuse Epstein. Maxwell also claimed she took part in some of those encounters.

Epstein’s attorneys say she is making her scapegoat because the world-trotting investor has passed away. Epstein, 66 years old and awaiting trial for sex abuse allegations, committed suicide in Manhattan prison in 2019.

Alessi’s testimony came earlier in this week after testimony from one of Epstein’s girls: A woman in her 40s who testified under the pseudonym Jane, claimed that Maxwell made her vulnerable to abuse at Epstein when she was 14 and 16.

Jane is expected to be the first of four Maxwell defendants who testify at the trial. Jane was questioned by Maxwell’s lawyers about the discrepancies in her testimony and statements that she had made earlier during interviews with police agents. They also claimed that women’s memories are distorted.

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