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Epstein case: former modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel died in detention

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The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed the information obtained from a source close to the file according to which he was found dead in his cell in the prison of Health, in Paris. This same source had initially indicated that he had been found hanged, but this was not confirmed by the prosecution.

An investigation has been opened into the causes of this death, the source said.

Accused of rape by several former star models, which he disputed, the septuagenarian had been indicted at the end of June 2021 for rape of a minor over 15 years old concerning a woman, and this, after a first questioning in December 2020 foryears”,”text”:”rape of a minor over 15″}}’>rape of a minor over 15 years old and sexual harassment concerning two other women.

He had also been placed under the intermediate status of assisted witness for the facts of aggravated human trafficking to the detriment of minor victims for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

His death means the extinction of public action in this case, unless other people were to be implicated.

His distress was that of a 75-year-old man crushed by a media-judicial system on which it would be time to wonder. Jean-Luc Brunel has continued to proclaim his innocence. He multiplied his efforts to prove it. »

A quote from Mathias Chichportich, Marianne Abgrall and Christophe Ingrain, lawyers for Jean-Luc Brunel

Incarcerated in December 2020 after his indictment, he was released for a few days at the end of 2021, then he was reincarcerated in appalling conditions, according to his advice, on the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal. He had filed an appeal.

His decision was guided not by guilt but by a deep sense of injustice.according to his lawyers.

Disappeared from the radar for years – with the exception of an appearance in a posh evening in Levallois-Perret in July 2019 –, Mr. Brunel was accused of having played the tout for Jeffrey Epstein by dangling a career in the modeling to young girls from modest backgrounds.

Figure of jet set international and friend of the powerful, Jeffrey Epstein was charged in July 2019 in the United States for the organization, from 2002 to 2005 at least, of a network of sexually exploited young girls. He committed suicide in his New York prison in early August 2019.

The name of Jean-Luc Brunel, founder in 1978 of the prestigious agency Karin Models, left for the United States to launch MC2 Model Management, appears from the first investigation on Jeffrey Epstein, in 2007-2008.

Disturbing messages have been found by Florida police, including this one, in 2005, after a phone call from Jean-Luc :years old, not blonde.”,”text”:”He has a teacher for you, to teach you how to speak Russian. She’s 28, not blonde.”}}’>He has a teacher for you, to teach you how to speak Russian. She’s 28, not blonde.

Virginia Giuffre, who is one of the main complainants in the Epstein case and who has just concluded a financial arrangement with Prince Andrew, has also claimed to have been forced to have sex with Jean-Luc Brunel.

Alerted to the potential existence of French victims of Jeffrey Epstein, owner of an apartment on avenue Foch, the Paris prosecutor’s office had launched investigations in August 2019.

With the impact of the scandal, several women (former models) were then out of silence to directly accuse Jean-Luc Brunel of rape. These accusations had already appeared in a CBS documentary in 1988.

A complaint was filed two months later against Jean-Luc Brunel.

Mand Anne-Claire Le Jeune, lawyer for the civil parties, spoke on Saturday of the frustration and bitterness of not being able to obtain justice, as for the victims of Epstein.

It took a lot of courage to be able to speak up, to be heard by the police and the investigating judges, it’s quite terrible for the victimswhich according to her have the feeling that he is leaving with a number of secrets.

We won’t get answers on some thingsshe said.

According to concordant sources, the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence against Persons of France, in charge of the investigation, had carried out more than half a thousand hearings.

Jean-Luc Brunel was arrested in December 2020 at the airport in Paris as he was about to take a flight to Dakar.

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