The trial of Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant and madam Ghislaine Maxwell is underway, and it has opened with some bombshell testimony!
The prosecutor’s first witness called in the case is a longtime pilot for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr.
In Visoski’s second day of testimony at Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial, he said that the British socialite charged with helping Epstein find teenage girls for him to sexually abuse was “No. 2” in the hierarchy of Epstein’s operations.
Asked where Maxwell stood in the hierarchy of Epstein’s world, Visoski said Maxwell “was the No. 2.” He added that “Epstein was the big No. 1.”
The testimony supports what Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz told jurors in her opening statement Monday when she said Epstein and Maxwell were “partners in crime.”
Pomerantz said Maxwell recruited and groomed girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to at least 2004.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty, and her lawyer says she’s being made a scapegoat for Epstein’s bad behavior.
Visoski testified briefly on Monday before beginning Tuesday on the witness stand. Prosecutors have used his testimony to show jurors photographs of Epstein’s homes and properties.
Visoski 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 categorize it as romantic,” he said, noting it was more “couple-ish.”
Prosecutors in their opening statements earlier Monday had described the British socialite as a “lady of the house” who was “involved in every detail of Epstein’s life.”
The Lolita Express
Visoski flew the convicted pedophile’s private jet, which became known as the “Lolita Express,” for over a quarter-century, reportedly shuttling high-profile figures including Prince Andrew, Kevin Spacey, and former presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
Prince Andrew and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were among the high-profile men to get name-dropped Tuesday at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial in Manhattan.
Maxwell’s defense attorney quizzed Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime former pilot Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. about the politicians and celebrities he flew on the late pedophile’s private plane.
“Former President Bill Clinton flew on some of the flights?” lawyer Christian Everdell asked.
“Yes,” Visoski replied.
The aviator also testified under the defense’s cross-examination that he remembered Prince Andrew riding on Epstein’s planes and said he shuttled Trump “more than once.”
Asked whether Trump flew on the jet with his family, Visoski testified, “I don’t remember that.”
But, he added, “I certainly remember President Trump.”
Other boldface names Visoski recalled seeing on the jet included accused pedo actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Chris Tucker, famed violinist Itzhak Perlman and former Sens. George Mitchell and John Glenn.
Visoski said under cross-examination that he would have been told in advance if a big name like Clinton was going to be a passenger on the jet.
When asked if he remembered a victim in the case, identified only as “Jane,” riding on the plane, the pilot said: “I can’t visualize her sitting in the passenger compartment like I would, say, President Clinton.”