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Jeffrey Epstein’s massage table is unfolded in court during Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial


Jeffrey Epstein’s massage table was unfolded in court in a dramatic moment during Ghislaine Maxwell’s ongoing trial (pictured together in February 2000)

Jeffrey Epstein‘s massage table was unfolded in court in a dramatic moment during Ghislaine Maxwell‘s ongoing trial on Friday. 

A detective opened the dark green foldable table in front of the jury for them to see for the first time, and one of the police officers who carried out the search confirmed it was from Epstein’s house. 

The massage table – along with a ‘Twin Torpedo’ sex toy – were seized from Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, estate in the early 2000s, as reported by the New York Post

On October 20, 2005, former Palm Beach Police officer Gregory Parkinson obtained the search warrant that would lead to the discovery of the items.

He was quizzed by Assistant US Attorney Maruene Comey on Friday, Day Five of Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial, after examining the massage table and sex toy.

Parkinson, in black gloves, took about 30 seconds to look at the table before heading to the witness stand, according to the Post. Maxwell, who sat about 10 feet away alongside her defense attorneys, reportedly had no reaction.

A detective opened the dark green foldable table in front of the jury for them to see for the first time. Maxwell (pictured in a court sketch on Friday) reportedly showed no emotion

A detective opened the dark green foldable table in front of the jury for them to see for the first time. Maxwell (pictured in a court sketch on Friday) reportedly showed no emotion 

Former Palm Beach Police officer Gregory Parkinson (right) obtained the search warrant that would lead to the discovery of the massage table and sex toys in October 2005. He was seen in court on Friday investigating the table with black gloves before confirming it was the one he seized from the home nearly two decades ago

Former Palm Beach Police officer Gregory Parkinson (right) obtained the search warrant that would lead to the discovery of the massage table and sex toys in October 2005. He was seen in court on Friday investigating the table with black gloves before confirming it was the one he seized from the home nearly two decades ago

Once on the stand Parkinson confirmed that it was the same table he seized from Epstein’s mansion nearly two decades ago.

‘It’s from the second floor south bathroom, where the shower was,’ the former cop told the courtroom, adding that he recognized the table by it’s appearance, property number and ‘made in Vista, California,’ sticker.

A detective who was handling the table then folded it back up and propped it in front of the prosecutor’s table, where it stayed until about 5pm, when the trial wrapped up for the day.

Fellow Palm Beach officer Sgt Michael Dawson took the stand after Parkinson and noted that the cops ‘were looking for massage tables,’ that day in 2005. ‘We were looking for massage oils. We were looking for sex toys,’ he added.

According to The Post, prosecutors then showed the jury a picture of cardboard boxes and a pair of sex toys, dubbed ‘Twin Torpedoes’.

Dawson confirmed that the toys were seized by police from a closet inside the disgraced financier’s house. 

Although prosecutors did not clarify why the table and sex toys were brought into evidence, the first accuser to testify at Maxwell’s trial claimed Epstein used sex toys on her and abused her during ‘massages’.

‘He liked to…use vibrators that were different sizes; and even, like, those back massagers that were, you know, painful,’ she said.

Earlier this week, Jane also testified that Epstein requested massages. 

‘How did he like to be massaged?’ prosecutor Alison Moe asked on Tuesday, to which Jane responded: ‘He liked…very hard, like rubbing his shoulders really hard, and like twisting his nipples hard, and rubbing his feet hard.’    

A photo of Epstein’s underage goddaughter sitting on his lap while he appears to be ‘pulling her underwear’ and biting her bottom was also allowed into evidence on Friday.

In the photo Epstein’s goddaughter is wearing the underwear that hung outside the bedroom he allegedly shared with Maxwell at the house in Palm Beach. The undergarment which was found in 2005 when the FBI raided the house.

The judge in Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial ruled that the photo, along with other evidence, will be admitted into evidence for when they are raised by a witness. 

The prosecution says Epstein kept the photo on his desk and Judge Alison J Nathan allowed it into evidence. 

Maxwell’s attorney Christian Everdell said he worried that the image of the girl would make people think Epstein liked ‘prepubescent’ girls. 

The court heard how schoolgirl outfits were found at Epstein‘s New York mansion when the FBI raided the property in 2019. 

The agents found the ‘small’ costumes on the same floor as the massage room, the court heard. Judge Alison Nathan admitted the outfits into evidence.

After Epstein’s arrest in 2019 the FBI revealed that they found a ‘vast trove’ of nude photos in the safe of his $77million New York mansion, along with CDs of images showing underage girls.

But this is the first time the existence of schoolgirl outfits has been revealed and Everdell said that if it were allowed in then the jury might make a ‘moral judgement about conduct that is legal’.

Day Five of Ghislaine Maxwell's trial began Friday at a Manhattan courthouse. Maxwell is seen in a court sketch

Day Five of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began Friday at a Manhattan courthouse. Maxwell is seen in a court sketch 

One of Maxwell's accusers known as 'Jane' broke down in court as she was quizzed about the 'orgies' and 'sexualized massages' she claims she was forced into by Maxwell when she was underage

One of Maxwell’s accusers known as ‘Jane’ broke down in court as she was quizzed about the ‘orgies’ and ‘sexualized massages’ she claims she was forced into by Maxwell when she was underage

Teresa Helm, a victim of Jeffrey Epstein's, was seen heading into the courthouse on Friday alongside her attorney

Teresa Helm, a victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s, was seen heading into the courthouse on Friday alongside her attorney

Alison Moe, one of the prosecutors, said: ‘The fact that Jeffrey Epstein had a couple of schoolgirl outfits on the same floor as his massage room may be legs but it directly speaks to a preference for underage girls.’

She added that it shows Epstein ‘maintained an interest in schoolgirls’ long after the period for which Maxwell is charged, that being 1994-2004. 

Moe said: ‘Schoolgirl costumes, small ones, were found on the same floor of the house by the massage rooms where underage girls were abused’. 

Everdell objected to the use of the photo of Epstein’s goddaughter which was outside his bedroom because they may make an ‘inappropriate conclusion’ from it.

Maurene Comey, one of the prosecutors, said the girl was a ‘clearly underage female in her underwear’ and being displayed so prominently in Epstein’s home was ‘highly probative’.

She said it contrasted the idea put forward by the defense that Epstein was an ‘upstanding citizen’ because he knew important people and ‘Presidents’.

That meant there was no way he could ever have such a ‘vile attraction to underage girls’.

Comey noted that the photo was taken ‘outside the bedroom the defendant shared with him (Epstein),’ adding that Epstein’s ‘lifestyle and the way he decorated his home contradicted the public persona’.

She added that ‘the defendant knew not only the public persona but the private persona’ – a persona which wanted to have sex with underage girls.

The jury at Maxwell's trial heard Friday how schoolgirl outfits were found at Jeffrey Epstein's New York mansion when the FBI raided the property in 2019

The jury at Maxwell’s trial heard Friday how schoolgirl outfits were found at Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion when the FBI raided the property in 2019 

Judge Alison J Nathan allowed into evidence a photo of Epstein's underage goddaughter in her underwear that hung outside the bedroom he allegedly shared with Maxwell at the financier's house in Palm Beach. The photo and underwear were found in 2005 when the FBI raided the home

Judge Alison J Nathan allowed into evidence a photo of Epstein’s underage goddaughter in her underwear that hung outside the bedroom he allegedly shared with Maxwell at the financier’s house in Palm Beach. The photo and underwear were found in 2005 when the FBI raided the home

Judge Nathan allowed the photo along with another one, which also sat atop one of Epstein’s desks.

Comey described the photo as capturing Epstein ‘with a young girl across his lap and appears to be pulling down her underwear’ and making it look like he is ‘biting her backside’. 

However, Everdell insisted that it was a ‘playful moment’ and was ‘nothing illegal’.

Comey said it showed a ‘deeply disturbing oversexualizing of a young girl’.

Judge Nathan allowed it to be admitted into evidence although she refused to put an account from a law enforcement agent into evidence.

The agent was involved in the 2005 raid on Epstein’s Palm Beach home and thought he saw some semen in the property.

Judge Nathan asked if the semen had been tested and after being told ‘no’ she said it couldn’t be used.

There was an audible gasp in court when one of Maxwell’s lawyers, Jeff Pagliuca, said the real first name of the first accuser, who up until that point had only been identified as ‘Jane’ to protect her anonymity.

Judge Nathan then reprimanded Pagliuca and ordered the remark stricken from the record.

Once the trial got underway, the jury was shown the photo of the ‘Twin Torpedoes,’ which were found in one of the closets in the bathroom off of Epstein’s master bedroom.

The photo showed red boxes with two long black sex toys in each. 

Maxwell's siblings Isabel and Kevin Maxwell showed up to the courthouse support their sister Friday

Maxwell’s siblings Isabel and Kevin Maxwell showed up to the courthouse support their sister Friday 

 Alessi also said that part of his job was to clean up after Epstein’s massages – which he said Maxwell scheduled three times per day and which usually took place in his bathroom.

Asked by the prosecutor if he ever found anything ‘unexpected’ after the massages, Alessi said that he found a ‘large dildo,’ describing it as ‘a huge man’s penis with two heads’.

Alessi did not clarify whether it was the sex toy called a ‘Twin Torpedo’ referred to by prosecutors in pretrial filings.

Alessi said that he put gloves on and ‘ran it under the water and put the dildo in Ms. Maxwell’s closet in (her) bathroom’ inside of a wicker basket. 

Alessi said that he saw ‘pornographic tapes and a black leather costume’ in the same basket.

He said that three or four other times he found two other sex toys: one that looked ‘like a pillow’ and another that looked like an ‘arm’ which had a rubber vibrating part at the end.

He put those items in Epstein’s dresser, Alessi said.

On Thursday, Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Alessi, 72, took the stand and revealed how he wanted the house run like a ‘five-star hotel,’ which included washing Epstein’s car, stuffing it with $100 bills and avoiding eye contact with him, as Maxwell claimed he detested it.

Staff were also reportedly handed a 58-page ‘Household Manual’ filled with demands: ‘Try and anticipate the needs of Mr Epstein, Ms Maxwell and their guests;’ ‘Do not discuss personal problems with guests;’ ‘Unobtrusive is the key;’ ‘SMILE!’ and ‘NEVER disclose Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell’s activities or whereabouts to anyone.’

One bullet on the checklist read: ‘See nothing. Say nothing.’

When asked by prosecutor Maurene Comey what he understood that meant, Alessi replied: ‘I was supposed to be blind, deaf, to say nothing.’ 

In the master bedroom, staff were to ensure a gun was placed in a bedside table drawer, shutters were closed, and that reading glasses, eye masks and ‘Jeffrey Epstein large and small notepads’ were on both bedside tables.

Maxwell demanded the staff use ‘proper language’ with a list of things ‘you don’t say’: ‘Yeah,’ ‘Sure,’ ‘No problem,’ ‘You bet,’ ‘Gotcha,’ ‘Right’ and ‘I dunno.’

When complimented, according to the manual, they should respond: ‘You are very kind’ and ‘Thank, you, Ms ____. I enjoy doing it.’  

Alessi’s other duties were to make breakfast at 5am and bathe Maxwell’s dog – a Yorkshire Terrier called Max.

He told the court he was expected to be up at the crack of dawn to make the food rather than Epstein’s professional cooks, ‘because the chefs have the privilege to sleep in’.

On Thursday, Epstein's former housekeeper Juan Alessi (pictured entering court Friday), 72, took the stand and revealed how she wanted the house run like a 'five-star hotel'

On Thursday, Epstein’s former housekeeper Juan Alessi (pictured entering court Friday), 72, took the stand and revealed how she wanted the house run like a ‘five-star hotel’

Alessi took the stand Thursday in Day Four of Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial and said that he found sex toys when he cleaned up for Epstein after his massages

Alessi took the stand Thursday in Day Four of Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial and said that he found sex toys when he cleaned up for Epstein after his massages

While on the stand Alessi also recalled two girls who appeared underage during his employment with Epstein. He confirmed one of the girls after seeing a picture of her in court on Thursday

While on the stand Alessi also recalled two girls who appeared underage during his employment with Epstein. He confirmed one of the girls after seeing a picture of her in court on Thursday

Alessi said that he first met Maxwell in 1991 and after that his relationship with Epstein became less ‘cordial’ and more ‘professional’.

He added: ‘From the day she came to the house she right away took over. She mentioned to me she was going to be the lady of the house. She also told me she was in charge of (Epstein’s) other properties.’

According to the former housekeeper, Maxwell was with Epstein on his visits to the property ’95 percent of the time’.

In an interview with Palm Beach police in 2005, Alessi admitted he would wash off vibrators and a long rubber penis after a young girl visited Epstein for a massage.

The bed would have to be made up after each massage as well, strongly suggesting some kind of sexual activity. 

Alessi also noted that he remembered two girls during his employment with Epstein who appeared to be underage.

He was shown a photo of the first accuser in the trial, known as Jane, and confirmed it was her.

The second was Virginia Roberts, the woman who claims that Epstein loaned her out to Prince Andrew for sex when she was 17, allegations he denies.

Alessi said that Jane was ‘introduced to me by Ms Maxwell’ at the Palm Beach house and he estimated she was around 14 or 15 at the time.

Alessi said that on Jane’s visits to Epstein’s house he would pick her up and that he recalled Maxwell ‘instructed’ him to chauffeur her.

Asked by prosecutor Maurene Comey why she didn’t drive herself, Alessi said she didn’t have a license.

When she arrived at the residence she would go to Maxwell’s desk. Alessi said it was ‘not my job to ask where they were going’.

Alessi also said that he recalled driving Maxwell, Epstein and Jane to Epstein’s plane and seeing them board together.

Pages from the meticulous manual detailing the checklist for Epstein's bedroom

Pages from the meticulous manual detailing the checklist for Epstein’s bedroom

The six charges against Maxwell: 

THE CHARGES

Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)  

 Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)

Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)

Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)

Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

Sex Trafficking of a Minor 

Ghislaine Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury but those counts are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial. 

The charges relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.  

THE ‘FACTS’ 

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein. 

They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.

To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions. 

She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself. 

The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’. 

The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.



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