A French fashion agent suspected of sharing a teenage lover with Prince Andrew is now facing several prison terms after being charged with “rape of minors” and “sexual harassment”.
Jean-Luc Brunel, 74, was indicted late on Friday night after two days of interviews by an investigating judge and a specialized police of an anti-pedophilia cell, Paris prosecutors confirmed.
He was arrested Wednesday at the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport as he tried to board a plane bound for Dakar, Senegal, telling detectives “I’m going on vacation.”
Brunel is suspected of being part of a global underage sex network organized by the late US multi-billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide last year, while awaiting trial for numerous sex crimes.
Other people allegedly involved in the ring include Epstein’s ex-girlfriend British socialist Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, who is currently on remand in the United States after being charged with sex trafficking. underage girls and underage seduction.
Jean-Luc Brunel (pictured with Ghislaine Maxwell) was arrested on suspicion of rape and child trafficking
Brunel is the founder of MC2, the modeling agency. Pictured: Brunel with some models
Brunel reportedly supplied girls for Epstein’s infamous sex parties and his arrest will likely put extra pressure on Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew, 60, was, like his friend Maxwell, a regular visitor to Epstein’s £ 8million mansion in Paris, where most of the worst crimes against girls are said to have taken place.
A French judicial inquiry into Brunel’s conduct was opened last August, when prosecutors heard allegations that Brunel and the Queen’s second son shared a lover.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American, told lawyers she was employed as a “sex slave” when she was forced to sleep with the Duke after being trafficked at least three times at the age of 17 years.
Ms Roberts Giuffre also said she had “sex with Brunel on several occasions,” between the ages of 16 and 19, according to legal documents filed in America and France.
Prince Andrew and Brunel vehemently deny these claims, with the prince seen as a key witness that Americans and French want to interview in person.
Referring to Brunel, a source from the French public prosecutor’s office said on Saturday: “The suspect has been placed under investigation for rape of minors and sexual harassment”.
The source used the term “charge”, which is the French equivalent of an officially charged defendant, before a trial.
Rape of a minor is punishable by 15 years in prison in France, while aggravated sexual harassment carries a three-year prison sentence and a fine equivalent to around £ 40,000.
Brunel, who denies any wrongdoing, is likely to be kept in detention until a criminal trial in the new year, according to the source.
Brunel is also believed to have used his contacts in the fashion industry to victimize Epstein and his friends.
He is said to have transported three sisters from a Paris subdivision to America so that they could be abused by Epstein as a “birthday present”.
Epstein – an old friend and business associate of Brunel – committed suicide in his New York jail cell on August 10 last year, while awaiting trial for a range of offenses, including trafficking of minors for sexual purposes and multiple rapes.
Among his alleged victims, according to court documents, were the 12-year-old Parisian triplets.
Brunel was arrested Wednesday by Parisian detectives at Charles de Gaulle Airport as he tried to catch a flight to Dakar, Senegal
Brunel was the founder of MC2, the modeling agency – an agency that prosecutors say served as a cover for Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
Brunel started her career as a model scout and worked with celebrities such as Jerry Hall, Sharon Stone and Monica Bellucci.
Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, Mr. Brunel’s lawyer, insisted that her client was innocent of any wrongdoing.
The evidence against Brunel comes from a number of former models, who have waived their anonymity to make their claims public.
New Zealander Zoe Brock claimed in statements to French investigators that she was abused at her Paris home in the early 1990s.
Dutch model Thysia Huisman, who was 18 when she first stayed with Brunel, said she was raped by him in 1991.
She is now one of at least four alleged victims represented by Anne-Claire Le Jeune, a Paris lawyer, who said Brunel’s detention was a huge relief, as their complaints “now take on meaning”, he said. she declared.