Longtime pilot of the late Jeffrey Epstein testified on Tuesday about some of the famous people he flew in the disgraced financier’s private jets, citing Prince Andrew and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump among his many passengers.
“I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him,” said Larry Visoski, who said he worked for Epstein from 1991 to 2019, in Manhattan federal court during the sex trafficking trial of the Epstein’s longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, according to the New York Daily News.
Visoski, who is the trial’s first witness, said he took a number of prominent Epstein guests including actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker, and violinist Itzhak Perlman – and he could them see when they boarded. He said the cockpit door was always closed during flights, but he was welcome to walk through the passenger area if he wanted to use the restroom, The New York Times reported.
Visoski said he did not believe any of the passengers on Epstein’s plane were underage unless accompanied by a relative. He also said he had never seen any sexual activity or evidence that it had taken place.
“I certainly didn’t,” he replied, according to The Times, when asked if he had seen sex acts involving underage girls.
Visoski said he recalled meeting one of Epstein’s accusers, who said she was 14 when Epstein and Maxwell recruited her for sex with Epstein and other men powerful. Visoski said he remembered her as “a mature woman with piercing powder blue eyes”.
Some of the celebrities identified as Epstein’s former guests, including Clinton – who in 2002 praised Epstein’s philanthropic work in Africa – said they were not aware of any misconduct. Trump, who in 2002 called Epstein an old friend and a “great guy,” also told reporters in 2019 that he “wasn’t a fan” of Epstein and that they fell out years ago.
Prince Andrew, who is accused of sexually abusing a teenager who was trafficked to him by Epstein and Maxwell, has publicly denied the allegations against him, but has also not made himself available for a questioning by US prosecutors. These allegations are not part of the ongoing case against Maxwell in New York.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges of preparing underage victims for sex with Epstein and others. Epstein was behind bars awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges in 2019 when he was found dead in his cell, with his official cause of death ruled suicide by hanging.
Prosecutors said the sexual abuse took place at Epstein’s private properties, including his estate in Palm Beach, Florida; his Manhattan townhouse; a ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico; a Parisian apartment; and a luxury estate in the Virgin Islands.
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