'Lolita Express' Pilot: Ghislaine Maxwell Was Epstein's 'Partner in Crime'
Pilot on Epstein’s private jets, Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., testifies in court
The pilot of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's fleet of private planes has testified that Ghislaine Maxwell was the deceased child sex trafficker's "partner in crime."
Testifying in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell Tuesday, Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. described the defendant as Epstein's "Number 2," remarking that his employer was "the big Number 1."
Visoski, who flew about 1,000 trips between 1991 and 2019, including piloting Epstein's notorious "Lolita Express" private jet, was the first witness to testify in the trial of Maxwell.
British socialite Maxwell is alleged to have recruited and groomed underage girls for Epstein and his powerful associates to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurene Comey quizzed Visoski on what Maxwell’s place was in Epstein’s hierarchy.
Visoski responded that Maxwell “was the Number 2” and Epstein's "partner in crime,” the Associated Press reported.
Visoski’s testimony seemed to coincide with the opening statements of prosecuting attorney Lara Pomerantz about how Epstein and Maxwell ran their alleged child sex trafficking operation.
Visoski also testified that while he remained in the cockpit during most flights, he did occasionally leave to get coffee or use the restroom in the back of the airplane.
He said that Epstein did not warn him to stay in the cockpit, and encouraged him to use the restroom on the plane, which required him to walk through the cabin.
When asked about a teenage girl who was allegedly sexually abused by Epstein, Visoski said that when he met her, she appeared “mature,” the AP reported.
Maxwell is the 59-year-old longtime associate of Epstein, whose social circles put her in contact with prominent public figures, many of whom were associated with Epstein.
Her trial began Monday with opening statements from both the prosecution and the defense.
Maxwell helped “normalize” Epstein’s “abusive sexual conduct,” the prosecution said.
In the case of the 14-year-old, that meant “making it feel normal that a man in his 40s was naked and touching her body.”
She “preyed on vulnerable young girls” and “served them up” to powerful elites for sexual abuse, Pomerantz said.
In addition, although Maxwell procured the minor girls for the well-connected wealthy financier, Maxwell herself participated personally in some of the sexual abuse, the prosecution said.
Meanwhile, Maxwell fostered a “culture of silence” working as his “lady of the house” and taking care of his multiple residences, making hiring and firing decisions regarding his staff, and laying down “strict” rules for them, prosecutors said.