Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book can be shown to the jury in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, a judge has ruled.
The infamous book has been at the center of the sex trafficking allegations that have plagued Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein since the book was first published in 2020.
The book was presented in small excerpts to the court when the former caretaker of Epstein’s villa Juan Alessi commented.
He identified it as a directory used by Epstein and Maxwell that could contain hundreds of names.
The book has long been considered the who’s who of the rich and powerful. It begs the question why these people were friends or affiliated with the sex trafficking financier?
Who is in Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book?
The book is believed to contain contact lists, which could include the names of not only Epstein’s alleged victims, but also celebrities with whom he associated and, in some cases, was accused of introducing girls for sexual abuse.
The court version is believed to be heavily edited and only a partial copy of the book.
Epstein’s little black book could be influential in Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial.
In 2020, the hacktivist group Anonymous republished a document called Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book, which was first circulated in 2015.
With 91 pages, the table-like document is a who’s who of very wealthy, very influential people.
Some of the names Alessi said he knew were listed under Massage in Palm Beach.
There are many people in the entertainment industry in the black book.
As you scroll through the list, it’s easy to see that Epstein likes to hook up with very famous performers. Both Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger are on the list.
He also had contact information for Kevin Spacey, who flew Epstein’s jet to an AIDS awareness event with Chris Tucker and former President Bill Clinton in 2002.
Epstein also knew high profile women like Elizabeth Hurley, Naomi Campbell, and the author Candice Bushnell.
He even knew Bob Weinstein, the brother of another disgraced sexual assault, Harvey Weinstein.
He knew important political figures from several countries.
Some of the politicians who appear in the document are world famous.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is there with the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
He doesn’t have Bill Clinton’s number, but anecdotally we know they met.
Epstein knew the journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver, though her ex-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger deserves no mention.
Andrew Cuomo is listed as well as Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Some trumps are on the list.
Donald Trump never denied that he knew Epstein – there’s a video of them together – but Epstein didn’t bother sticking to Trump’s contact information.
He also has no contacts with Donald Jr. or Eric Trump, but he knew how to get in touch with both Ivanka Trump and her mother Ivana.
Maxwell is accused of running Epstein’s household.
Alessi says Maxwell used the infamous book and took several photos of topless women around the house and left them in frames on her desk.
He says she slept with him in Epstein’s bedroom too.
The fourth victim to testify – Annie Farmer described how Maxwell offered her a massage. Farmer undressed and Maxwell caressed her breasts. Bauer was 16 years old at the time.
Later, Epstein would go to her bed.
“Suddenly Epstein somehow opened my door, playfully jumped into the room and said he wanted to cuddle,” Farmer said. Then “he pushed his body into me,” she said.
Epstein’s activities were an open secret.
Epstein’s parties, where older men allegedly had sex with younger women and raped girls, were reportedly notorious.
He owned a private island where he supposedly held such gatherings. It was reportedly such a well-known phenomenon that the private plane he used to fly people to his island was nicknamed the Lolita Express, based on Vladimir Nabakov’s novel about a man who sexually abused his stepdaughter.
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Virginia Guiffre testified in a 2015 lawsuit that she and other women and girls were transported on the plane along with famous men like Kevin Spacey and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz.
What role will the black book play in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial?
It’s unclear what will be revealed about Maxwell’s involvement, but the Black Book and similar books at Epstein’s Palm Beach home were reportedly used to schedule massages and other visits by underage girls.
According to the NPR, prosecutors said “the testimony during the trial will prove the book belonged to Maxwell and that it contains” compelling evidence of their guilt, “prosecutors said in a recent court record.
However, that remains to be seen.
Although Epstein died of suicide in prison after his arrest in 2019, his accomplice Maxwell is currently facing six sex trafficking cases involving a minor and the lure of a minor.
Maxwell faces up to 70 years in prison. Maxwell has been in jail since her arrest and denies the allegations.
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