Massage table brought into court on fifth day of Ghislaine Maxwell trial

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Jeffrey Epstein’s green massage table was brought to the courtroom and shown to the jury on the fifth day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial over his alleged involvement in the late financier’s sex crimes.

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British socialite Maxwell, 59, is accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls for the pleasure of Epstein and a circle of rich and powerful men. He faces 35 years in prison. Ms Maxwell has denied all charges, with her lawyers claiming she was being used as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes.

Epstein was found dead in his cell in August 2019 after being arrested on federal sex trafficking charges.

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On Friday, jurors were shown video of Epstein’s sprawling Palm Beach residence at the center of the charges. They were also presented with an actual massage table from the property where the alleged abuse took place.

Detective Michael Dawson, who searched Epstein’s residence, testified Friday that investigators were looking for massage tables, sex toys, correspondence and other material, tweeted journalist Adam Klasfeld.

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The day before the trial, Epstein’s former housekeeper, Juan Patricio Alesi, testified about the importance of “massage” in the financier’s world.

He said Epstein used to get three massages a day — in the morning, afternoon and evening, often until late at 11.00 pm. Mr Alesi told the court that he occasionally arranged for massage therapists to come home.

One alleged victim, testifying under the pseudonym of “Jane”, previously testified that Epstein would use massage as an excuse for sexual assaults, which often involve Ms Maxwell and several other “older women”.

Mr Alesi’s evidence greatly supported “Jane’s” testimony.

Also on Friday, Mr Alesi said Epstein ordered him to remove photos of Maxwell whenever the disgraced financier entertained female guests.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Pagluka asked Mr Alesi about an order by Epstein to remove all photographs of Maxwell before hosting other female guests.

“You never told Ms. Maxwell about deleting the other pictures?” Defense attorney Jeffrey Pagluka asked. “It was a secret between you and Mr. Epstein.”

“It was not a secret, it was a mandate,” replied Mr. Alessi, becoming more agitated.

Ms Maxwell spent decades side-by-side with British royals and US presidents, but she is accused of recruiting and framing underage girls for the late disgraced financier for sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004. His trial is expected to last for six weeks.

According to prosecutors, Ms Maxwell and Epstein – who were once romantically involved – were “partners in crime” in the sexual abuse of teenage girls. When he was found dead in August 2019, he was accused of trafficking in girls under the age of 14 and engaging in sexual acts with them.

His death, while officially ruled a suicide, has given rise to countless conspiracy theories.

Trial continues.

Bevan Hurley of The Granthshala contributed reporting from New York.


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