Ghislaine Maxwell ‘hated’ Epstein but couldn't leave him, claims disgraced financier’s ex-housekeeper
'That relationship between Epstein and her, I never understood,' Juan Alessi, who worked for Epstein for 15 years, said
Jeffrey Epstein’s former housekeeper has claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell told him she did not like the convicted sex offender but was not able to leave him. Juan Alessi’s revelation came while he appeared for an interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre for the podcast ‘Broke: Seeking Justice’. Giuffre has alleged that she was used as a sex slave by Epstein and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 years old. Alessi was an employee of the disgraced financier for 15 years - from 1991 to 2006. He initially started working as maintenance staff at his homes, but later shifted to being a driver and housekeeper in Palm Beach, Florida, The Sun reported. On the podcast show, the 70-year-old said Maxwell once spoke openly about her relationship with Epstein before him and told him, “I hate him [Epstein] but I can’t leave.”
The former butler stated, “That relationship between Epstein and her, I never understood,” adding: “I told her many times. I said, 'Ghislaine, why are you doing this? Why are you staying with this guy?' [She said] 'I hate him, I hate him but I can't leave.' I said, 'Why? You have money. Why are you not leaving?'" While interviewer Giuffre said she found the relationship between Maxwell and Epstein “confusing”.
In addition to this, Alessi also shared how there was a code of secrecy inside the house of Epstein, who died by suicide at the age of 66 in August 2019 while awaiting trial, and that he "was not supposed to talk to the guests." "I was not supposed to talk to Virginia. Nothing. No talking,” he added.
This was not the first time Alessi has made shocking statements about Epstein or Maxwell. Earlier, in a 2016 deposition which was opened in 2018 among numerous other court documents, he said that Maxwell allegedly had a "hobby" of capturing pictures of topless young girls, which she stored in a folder in Epstein's Florida home. "[Ghislaine Maxwell] had an album full of photographs of people, young girls, girls. And I remember that she had. Like a hobby," he said in his 2016 deposition, which was opened in 2018 among numerous other court documents. "It was some girls were topless, taking the sun," he mentioned.
In his statement, the former employee of Epstein said he found a number of sex toys in his Palm Beach house. One of them which he discovered was a double-ended dildo. "I would find things like a dildo, it's called a double. I hate to say it, because of these ladies. But I find these things, put my gloves on, took it out and rinse it, and put it in Ms. Maxwell's closet,” he stated according to the documents. Besides, Alessi claimed that he saw "probably over 100" females go to the residence and he was sometimes given the job to pay some of them who visited the house. He said: “I used to go to the bank, withdraw $10,000. I’d pay them out of petty cash and fill out a receipt. I wish I’d known what they were really being paid for. [Epstein] swore them to secrecy, threatened them if they ever told."