A FORMER housekeeper of Jeffrey Epstein has claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell told him she hated the disgraced financier but could not leave.
Juan Alessi made the claims during an interview with Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre for the podcast Broke: Seeking Justice.
Alessi said Maxwell had opened up to him about her connection with Epstein, and so he asked why she was so close to the convicted sex offender.
According to Alessi, 70, Maxwell said: “I hate him but I can’t leave.”
The housekeeper said he then pushed Maxwell, 58, asking her, “Why? You have money. Why are you not leaving?”
Alessi worked for Epstein from 1991 to 2006 – first as a maintenance worker at his homes, and then as a driver and housekeeper in Palm Beach, Florida.
His interviewer, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, in allegations the prince has denied.
Alessi said that Andrew visited Epstein’s home in Palm Beach, two or three times while he was working there.
The 70-year-old said Andrew was memorable because he was polite and the only one of Epstein’s guests to leave him a tip.
Mum-of-three Giuffre, alleged that she was procured by Maxwell, 57, as a teenage “sex slave” for Epstein.
Alessi and Giuffre last saw each other in 2002, when Giuffre left for Thailand to train as a masseuse.
Giuffre, 37, claims that Epstein had asked her to carry a baby for him and Maxwell, who is currently housed in a Brooklyn, New York, jail awaiting trial in July 2021.
Prosecutors allege that between 1994 and 1997 Maxwell helped Epstein to groom girls as young as 14.
Maxwell has been charged with six counts of perjury and sex trafficking offenses.
The 17-page indictment against Maxwell accused her of grooming and befriending victims, normalizing inappropriate behavior, being present during abuse to put victims at ease, encouraging victims to accept Epstein's help, and encouraging victims to engage in sexual activity and taking part herself.
One accuser, Jennifer Araoz, said Maxwell was at the "centre of his sex trafficking ring."
She faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty and denies all accusations.
Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell in August 2019 in an incident that was ruled suicide by hanging.
He met Maxwell in the early 90s – around the time her father, Robert Maxwell, a newspaper tycoon, died in mysterious circumstances after falling from his yacht.
Maxwell and Epstein dated for some time before later breaking up.
They remained good friends, with Maxwell going on to manage Epstein's properties.
A 'CONFUSING' RELATIONSHIP
In his interview with Giuffre, Alessi addressed the pair's relationship.
He said: "That relationship between Epstein and her, I never understood.'
Alessi added: "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?"
Giuffre said that she found their relationship "confusing."
It is this relationship that will likely form the case against Maxwell in her upcoming trial.
Alessi said that there was a code of secrecy inside Epstein's home, and that he "was not supposed to talk to the guests."
He added: "I was not supposed to talk to Virginia. Nothing. No talking."
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