The Duke of York has been drawn into the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell after being listed as a passenger on the private planes of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Jurors trying the case in New York’s Southern District court heard that Andrew was one of many prominent figures to fly on the plane, including former US Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and actor Kevin Spacey.
British socialite Maxwell, who was described as “dangerous” in Monday’s proceedings, is accused of attacking vulnerable young girls and luring them to massage rooms to be assaulted by Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
Former Epstein pilot Larry Visoski told the court on Tuesday that Maxwell was “number two” to his ex-partner, with the convicted sex offender “definitely being big number one.”
The witness also recalled meeting one of Epstein’s alleged victims, under the pseudonym “Jane”.
“Did anyone tell you how old Jane was when you met her?” Â»Asked the assistant of the American lawyer Maurene Comey.
“No, they didn’t, no,” Mr Visoski replied.
âMr. Epstein brought her into the cockpit and introduced her to me.
“She was a mature woman with striking blue eyes.”
Mr Visoski also said he recalled meeting Andrew Virginia Roberts’ accuser in the mid-1990s.
âShe was a little woman with dirty blonde hair,â he said.
“Did anyone know how old Virginia Roberts was?” Mrs. Comey asked.
“No,” replied the witness.
Jurors were shown numerous photographs of Epstein’s properties, including a ranch in New Mexico, an apartment in Paris, and his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Photographs of Epstein’s private planes were also shown to the jury.
During cross-examination of defense lawyer Christian Everdell, Mr Visoski was asked: ‘Do you know Prince Andrew, Duke of York? He is the queen’s second son. Has he ever flown on Epstein’s planes?
“Yes, he did,” replied Mr. Visoski.
The witness told jurors that he did not remember the dates of the Duke’s flight.
Turning to former President Trump, Mr Visoski said, “He stole them a few times.”
He told the court he did not recall any thefts from Mr. Trump’s family.
âActors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker? Mr. Everdell continued.
“Yes, I remember that too,” replied Mr. Visoski.
The pilot recalled that he should make the plane “beautiful” for ex-President Bill Clinton when he flew in Epstein’s planes.
“Haven’t you ever seen sexual activity on flights?” Asked Mr. Everdell.
“No”, replied Mr. Visoski.
“Have you never seen anyone engage in sexual activity with young girls?”
“If Mr. Epstein was engaging in sexual acts during the flight, he probably would have told you not to leave the cockpit, right?” “
“You had no reason to believe that Epstein or anyone else was engaging in sex acts with underage girls on the flights?” “
During Tuesday’s trial, Maxwell was supported by his sister, Isabel, and the accused nodded to her as she entered court.
Dressed in a beige turtleneck, she put on reading glasses and read notes on the desk in front of her, before the jury entered the courtroom.
Maxwell listened carefully to the testimony and wrote a number of notes throughout.
The full indictment against the accused lists six counts, including conspiracy to induce minors to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts, inducing a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts and conspiracy to transport minors with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Maxwell is also charged with transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to sex trafficking and sex trafficking of a minor.
The defendant is also said to have lied under oath by hiding her involvement in Epstein’s offenses in a separate civil case.
Maxwell, who has been held in a US prison since her arrest in July last year, denies all charges.
The trial continues.