Prosecutors call Epstein pilot as first witness in Ghislaine Maxwell trial

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Prosecutors on Monday called one of Jeffrey Epstein’s private pilots the first witness in their sex-trafficking case against Ghislaine Maxwell.

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Lawrence Paul Wissowski Jr., who was hired by Epstein in 1991, was asked about the relationship between the late pedophile and his longtime alleged madam, describing it as “more personal than business”.

“I wouldn’t even classify it as romantic,” he said, noting that it was more “couple-ish.”

Witness Lawrence Paul Wisowski Jr., a pilot of Jeffrey Epstein, testifies at the beginning of the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell.
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Lawrence Paul Wissowski Jr. was asked about the relationship between Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
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Still, Wisowski, who goes by the nickname “Larry”, said he never saw them kiss or hold hands.

Wissowski testified that when he met Maxwell, he managed several of Epstein’s homes, including hiring employees and decorating their homes.

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In their opening statements on Monday, prosecutors described the British socialite as a “lady of the house” who was “involved in every detail of Epstein’s life.”

Ghislaine Maxwell listens as defense attorney Bobby Sternheim makes his opening statement at the start of Maxwell's trial on sex trafficking charges in a courtroom sketch in New York City, US, November 29, 2021.
Ghislaine Maxwell listens as defense attorney Bobby Sternheim makes his opening statement at a courtroom sketch on November 29, 2021 in New York City.
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Witness Lawrence Paul Wissowski Jr., a pilot of Jeffrey Epstein, testifies at the start of Ghislaine Maxwell's trial on sex trafficking charges
Witness Lawrence Paul Wissowski Jr., a pilot of Jeffrey Epstein, testifies at the start of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial on sex trafficking charges on November 29, 2021.
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The Fed is arguing that 59-year-old Maxwell was a “partner in crime” of the ailing financier and a “necessary” participant in his plan to sexually exploit underage girls.

He has denied the allegations, and his lawyers have repeatedly claimed that he is being made a scapegoat for the government’s failure to bring Epstein to trial.

Wissowski flew the guilty-crawling private jet, the “Lolita Express,” for more than a quarter-century, reportedly harboring high-profile figures including Prince Andrew, Kevin Spacey, and former presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

His testimony is expected to continue when proceedings resume on Tuesday morning.

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