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Inside mansion with pictures so graphic they had to be censored
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THE inner sanctum of Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion where dozens of his victims were abused has been revealed for the first time.
Photographs of the paedophile’s ‘creepy’ lair on the Upper East Side were shown at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial.
The pictures include the first shots inside the infamous massage room where the jury has been told Epstein molested a schoolgirl.
They reveal the bed where the financier allegedly subjected the girl, known as ‘Jane’, to horrific acts of abuse when she visited with Epstein’s on-off girlfriend Maxwell.
FBI agents took the images after storming the eight-storey townhouse – the largest residential property in Manhattan – over new child sex allegations against Epstein in July 2019. It was the same home where Prince Andrew was filmed peering out from the front door in December 2010 – cheerily waving to Katherine Keating, the daughter of former Australian prime minister Paul Keating.
The video of the prince was taken two years after Epstein was convicted of procuring an underage girl for sex, which resulted in him being jailed for 13 months. Andrew has said he was in the city to break off his friendship with the sex offender.
The new photographs are among a treasure trove of exhibits released by prosecutors which give a glimpse of Epstein’s 19,000sq ft house including images of his bizarre artwork, furnishings and paintings. Some of the pictures hanging on the walls were redacted on order of the judge, either on privacy grounds or because they were not permanent furnishings at the properties when the alleged offences by Maxwell took place.
Judge Alison Nathan did not want the jury ‘distracted or confused’ by the sight of graphic images that hung in the house in 2019 that may not have been in position more than two decades earlier.
But last week in court, Maxwell accuser ‘Jane’ described in detail the decor of the
mansion where she says she was abused in the 1990s when aged 14 to 16.
Jane told the trial in New York: ‘I thought some of it was a little creepy personally. There [were] animals and giant paintings that... just felt uncomfortable. It all sort of seemed to have a dark theme, like it was intimidating and dark and, like, animal heads and strange things.’ She said there were ‘paintings of naked women and orgies’.
Other Epstein victims have said they too were abused at the home over the decades.
Jurors have already been shown images from inside Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion in Florida, the so-called ‘House of Sin’.
The daughter of the late and disgraced publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell denies she lured victims to be abused by Epstein.
Other images released yesterday include the entrance to Epstein’s house, the main spiral staircase and a picture of binders containing CDs and photo thumbnail sheets of girls found in a closet on the fifth floor.
Also released was a picture of a safe found in the dressing room. Inside was a large amount of currency, passports, external hard drives and loose diamonds. Giving evidence for the prosecution, FBI Special Agent Kelly Maguire described how her search team spent two days combing Epstein’s home for evidence in July 2019 – weeks before he committed suicide in prison.
It has previously been reported Epstein’s mansion contained taxidermy animals and a bizarre painting of ex-US president Bill Clinton, who flew on the tycoon’s private planes.
In March it was announced the property, formerly owned by Victoria’s Secret boss Les Wexner, had been sold to an unnamed buyer for over €40million. Agent Maguire told the court some boxes had police-style yellow ‘evidence tape’ sealing them – but this tape had not been put there by the police.
Federal prosecutors previously revealed details of the search, saying it uncovered ‘at least hundreds – and perhaps thousands – of sexually suggestive photographs of fully or partially nude females.’ The cache of photographs included images of two women who have accused Maxwell of grooming them for Epstein to abuse while they were teenagers.