Accused of rape by several models and suspected of having the role of tout for the American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, the French Jean-Luc Brunel was imprisoned Friday evening in Paris.
New twist in the Epstein affair: Frenchman Jean-Luc Brunel , a modeling agent suspected of having the role of tout for the American billionaire, and accused of rape by several former models, was indicted Friday evening and placed in pre-trial detention, announced the Paris prosecutor, on December 19, 2020.
As reported by AFP, the septuagenarian, arrested and taken into custody on Wednesday at Charles-de-Gaulle airport when he was about to fly to Dakar, was indicted on Friday evening for ” rape on minors over 15 years “and” sexual harassment “, said prosecutor Rémy Heitz in a press release confirming information from the Parisian . Mr. Brunel was placed under the intermediary status of assisted witness for the facts of ” trafficking in human beings aggravated to the prejudice of minor victims for the purposes of sexual exploitation “, also the subject of this mirror investigation of the investigations of the American justice on the sex scandal involving Jeffrey Epstein ,
” This is what the victims have been waiting for for many years, some for more than 30 years, ” responded the lawyer Me Anne-Claire Lejeune, who defends several plaintiffs. ” This indictment materializes the words of the victims and gives meaning to what they have said all his years, ” added the lawyer. Almost disappeared from the radar for years, Jean-Luc Brunel was accused in the United States by at least two women of having played the tout for Jeffrey Epstein, bringing to the United States “young girls” from modest backgrounds by making them dangle jobs in modeling.
Billionaire financier, Jeffrey Epstein was indicted in July 2019 in the United States for having organized, between 2002 and 2005, a network of young girls that he would have sexually exploited. He committed suicide in his New York prison in early August 2019 . Alerted by the potential existence of French minors among the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation in August 2019 and was interested in the role of Mr. Brunel, himself founder of the agencies Karin Models and MC2 Model Management .
Several former models then broke the silence to directly accuse Jean-Luc Brunel of rape. A complaint had in fact been filed in October 2019 against the agent for facts of ” sexual harassment ” which were not prescribed, contrary to several charges against him. Through the voice of his lawyer, Jean-Luc Brunel said he was ” at the disposal of justice ” in October 2019 and contested the charges.