Jean Luc Brunel, model agent friend of Jeffrey Epstein, arrested in France


Prominent French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, a former close associate of disgraced US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested in France on charges of sex crimes, prosecutors said Thursday.
Brunel was arrested Wednesday on charges of rape, sexual assault of minors, human trafficking and participation in a criminal conspiracy, Paris prosecutors told AFP.

He was detained at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris as he was about to take a plane to Senegal, added a source familiar with the matter.

Epstein, who was arrested in New York City in July for trafficking underage girls for sexual purposes, was found hanged in his New York jail cell on August 10, 2019 pending trial for abuse involving girls at his home in Palm Beach and on its private island. In the Caribbean.

Her ownership of an apartment in an upscale part of Paris and allegations by women who say they were abused in France prompted French prosecutors to open their own criminal investigation in August.

France’s investigation into Epstein’s activities focused on Brunel, accused in US court documents of rape and recruiting young girls for his friend.

“The victims have long awaited the arrest of Jean-Luc Brunel. They welcome his detention with relief and with confidence in the legal proceedings, ”said lawyer Anne-Claire Lejeune, who represents several victims.

“This is huge news. I’m crying with joy, ”said Thysia Huisman, a former Dutch model who claims to have been“ drugged and raped ”by Brunel when she was 18.

Detention at Brunel airport puts an end to more than a year of uncertainty and mystery over his whereabouts.

Brunel’s lawyer said in October 2019 that he vehemently dismissed the allegations made in the press, but denied his client was on the run, insisting he was available for questioning.

Last year, French police raided the offices of Karin Models, an agency founded by Brunel, and searched Epstein’s luxurious Parisian home not far from the Arc de Triomphe.


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