The pilot of the so-called “Lolita Express” testified during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell that he flew presidents, princes and Hollywood stars on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet for 30 years.
Larry Wissowski told the court on Tuesday that he remembered Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Kevin Spacey being among the passengers.
Mr Wissowski dropped the names of high-profile passengers, along with actor Chris Tucker and violinist Itzhak Perlman, when they were asked during cross-examination if they remembered the particulars.
He also recalled meeting Virginia Giuffre in the 1990s, describing her as a short woman with messy blonde hair who “didn’t look young”.
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Ms. Giuffre has brought a civil suit against Prince Andrew in a separate case alleging sexual assault; The claim is that the Duke vehemently denies and is fighting in court.
Prosecutors used Mr Wissowski’s testimony to describe several of Mr Epstein’s residences and aircraft, including helicopters and private jets known as the “Lolita Express”.
When he first started working for Mr. Epstein in 1991, the plane was a Gulfstream with leather chairs and burgundy carpeting. It was upgraded in 2001 to a larger Boeing 727 with a “round room” with multiple areas, a full kitchen and a donut-shaped sofa.
Ms Maxwell, 59, is accused of grooming four underage girls and taking them to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion between 1994 and 2004. Some abuse is also alleged to have occurred at his Manhattan townhouse, a ranch in New Mexico, an apartment in Paris, and his property in the Virgin Islands.
Mr Wissowski testified that he flew from Epstein every four days to his various properties, and about every 10 days to his Caribbean island.
“It was a regular destination,” he said.
Mr Wisowski said the cockpit door was always closed, but not on Epstein’s instructions, and that he was invited to walk to the back of the plane if he needed to use the bathroom.
They testified that they couldn’t see everything happening on the plane during the flight, but they never saw sexual activity. He said under cross-examination that he had not seen any sexual activity with underage girls.
Prosecutors showed the jury the birth certificate of a girl who flew on the plane, who was anonymously identified in court as “Jane,” a singer whom Epstein had brought into the cockpit.
Mr Wissowski remembered her as a “mature” woman with “punching, powdery blue eyes”.
Federal prosecutors led their opening statement by telling the jury the story “about a young girl named Jane”, whom they described as a 14-year-old who met Epstein and Ms Maxwell at a camp.
“Jane didn’t know then that there were men and women hunters,” Assistant US Attorney Lara Elizabeth Pomerantz told jurors on the first day of the hearing.
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