KEY POINTS

  • The pilot said he could not recall whether Trump flew with his family
  • The pilot said he never saw any sexual activities aboard the plane
  • Visoski was the first witness called by the prosecutors in their sex-trafficking case against Maxwell

A pilot who previously worked for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein on Tuesday testified that he flew former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump aboard the sex offender’s private plane.

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., who was hired by Epstein in 1991, was the first witness called by prosecutors in their sex-trafficking case against Ghislaine Maxwell -- a British socialite known to be the late sex offender's former girlfriend and social companion. She is currently facing charges for eliciting minors to engage in illegal sex acts with the disgraced financier.

In his testimony, the pilot said he would typically receive a notice when he would be flying high-profile passengers. Visoski acknowledged that he flew Clinton a few times in the 2000s and Trump “more than once.”

When asked whether the former president flew with family, the pilot said he could not recall, but added: “I certainly remember President Trump, but not many people associated with him.” He also noted that Trump flew on the plane before he became president.

The longtime pilot also flew other high-profile personalities on the private plane, including renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, Prince Andrew, Maine Sen. George Mitchell and actor Kevin Spacey. While Visoski said he never saw sexual activities aboard the aircraft, he clarified that he stayed in the cockpit for most flights.

The pilot noted logging the names of the passengers on Epstein’s private plane was not a priority then, but he would report an accurate passenger log for international flights. The pilot also said he’d notate the passenger by gender if he didn’t know their name.

During his testimony, prosecutors also asked Visoski about Maxwell’s relationship with Epstein. The pilot said Maxwell, who he described as the “No.2,” acted “couple-ish” with the late sex offender. However, Visoski said he does not recall seeing them kiss or hold hands, according to CNN

His testimony supports Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz’s opening statements where she said Epstein and Maxwell were “partners in crime.” Pomerantz also said Maxwell scouted Epstein’s sexual abuse victims from 1994 to 2004.

Maxwell has since pleaded not guilty to the accusations. Her lawyer also accused the prosecution of making her a “scapegoat” for the behavior of her employer, Epstein, who died by suicide in August 2019. 

Maxwell has been held without bail since she was arrested in July 2020 at her home in Bradford, New Hampshire. She is currently facing charges ranging from "transporting a minor for the purposes of criminal sexual activity" to "conspiring to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts," according to an indictment.

Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested in New York in July 2019 on charges of trafficking underage girls for sex, was found hanged in his New York jail cell the following month Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested in New York in July 2019 on charges of trafficking underage girls for sex, was found hanged in his New York jail cell the following month Photo: Florida Department of Law Enforcement / HO