Ghislaine Maxwell’s 58-page list of staff rules revealed in court

On Thursday, former housekeeper for Jeffrey Epstein testified during Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial about the “degrading” way staff members were treated. Juan Alessi also said Maxwell kept a 58-page list of rules that ordered staff to “see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing.” 

The “Maxwell Household Manual” was presented during the trial as Alessi testified. Beyond ordering staff to essentially keep quiet about the happenings of the estates, it also told staff to make sure Maxwell and Epstein had a gun nearby at night. The manual, which is part of the evidence in Maxwell’s trial, was dated 2005 and details the lengths she went to make sure Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida mansion was “like a five-star hotel.”

According to the manual, staff were also expected to “anticipate the needs of Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell and their guests.” It also revealed that media baron Robert Maxwell’s daughter was sharing the master bedroom with Epstein during that time.

“Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you,” it warned on the opening page of commands. The rules also were specific to each room of the mansion, and the staff members were instructed to keep the master bedroom at 60 degrees.

Other orders demonstrated some panic in 2005, prior to Epstein’s conviction for sex offenses with underaged girls. “Unless otherwise instructed, NEVER disclose Mr. Epstein or Ms. Maxwell’s activities or whereabouts to anyone,” the rulebook firmly stated. “Do not be bullied…simply be firm.”

Other rules included detailed instructions on how staff should have a “polite ‘aim to please’ approach.” There was a ban on discussing personal issues, stressing that “unobtrusive is the key,” the book reads.

Maxwell has so far denied the allegations against her that say she recruited and groomed young women to be abused by Epstein. Some say her trial may last up to six weeks. Her lawyers feel that the prosecution is taking aim at Maxwell because Epstein, who was awaiting his trial on severe sex charges, died after allegedly killing himself in prison. 




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