Mr. Brunel started his career as a modeling agent in France, before becoming responsible for Karin Models and founding MC2 Model Management. He expanded his career to the United States, where he met and befriended Mr Epstein, often traveling and socializing with him before the two got into a fight when the sex trafficking charges against the billionaire flared up. emerged.
In a New York federal court hearing, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of Mr. Epstein’s accusers, alleged that Mr. Brunel would offer modeling jobs to girls – some as young as 12 – and would bring them to the United States for his friends, especially Epstein.
Ms Giuffre also said Mr Epstein sexually trafficked her to Mr Brunel on “many occasions and in many places”, including in the south of France, court records show.
Messages apparently from phone calls scribbled on a notepad found at Mr Epstein’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida appeared to show Mr Brunel was cryptically talking to his friend about underage girls, court records show.
A 2005 message, titled “For Jeffrey by Jean Luc”, read: “He has a teacher to teach you to speak Russian. She is 2 × 8 years old and not blonde. Classes are free and you can have your first one today if you call. ”
No criminal charges were filed against Mr. Brunel in Federal Court in New York.
But Mr Brunel himself faced direct accusations of abuse. In a 1988 “60 Minutes” talk, several other models accused him of improper treatment, including drugging them and, in one case, rape.
Three former models also told The Guardian last year that he sexually assaulted them in the 1980s and 1990s in and around Paris.