Jeffrey Epstein’s French modelling agent friend is arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting girls and human trafficking
- Jean-Luc Brunel, 74, was arrested by detectives at a Paris airport on Wednesday
- The fashion agent is being interviewed about connections to Epstein and friends
- He has been accused of numerous sex crimes including rape and trafficking
A French fashion agent who was friends with Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested on suspicion of raping and trafficking girls.
Jean-Luc Brunel, 74, was detained by Paris detectives at Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday as he tried to board a flight to Dakar, in Senegal.
Brunel is accused of having been a lynchpin of a global underage sex ring organised by the late American multi-billionaire Epstein, who committed suicide last year while awaiting trial for numerous sex crimes.
Jean-Luc Brunel (pictured with Ghislaine Maxwell) has been arrested on suspicion of raping and trafficking children
Referring to Brunel, a French prosecuting source said on Thursday: ‘The suspect is being held in relation to rape, sexual assault, criminal conspiracy and human trafficking, and all the allegations involve minors.’
Brunel is alleged to have supplied girls for Epstein’s infamous sex parties and his arrest will likely put further pressure on Prince Andrew.
Today, Brunel was at a secure police station in Paris, where he was being interviewed about his connections with a range of figures including Ghislaine Maxwell and the Duke of York, said a source.
Brunel is alleged to have supplied girls for Epstein’s infamous sex parties and his arrest will likely put further pressure on Prince Andrew
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has also accused Prince Andrew, said she had ‘sexual relations with Brunel on several occasions’, between the ages of 16 and 19, according to legal papers filed in America and France.
Brunel is accused of using his contacts in the fashion industry to provide victims to Epstein and his friends.
Brunel is said to have flown three sisters from a Paris housing estate to America so they could be abused by Epstein as ‘a birthday present’.
Epstein – an old friend and business of associate of Brunel’s – committed suicide in his prison cell in New York on August 10 last year, while awaiting trial for a range of offences, including trafficking minors for sex, and multiple rapes.
Brunel was detained by Paris detectives at Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday as he tried to board a flight to Dakar, in Senegal
Among his alleged victims, it is claimed in court documents, were the 12-year-old triplets from Paris.
Brunel was the founder of MC2, the model agency – one that prosecutors believe was used as as a cover for Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
Epstein was an old friend and business of associate of Brunel’s
Many of Brunel’s crimes are said to have taken place in a Paris apartment owned by Mr Epstein – an £8million property where Prince Andrew is also said to have stayed.
Brunel started his career as a model scout, and has worked with celebrities including Jerry Hall, Sharon Stone, and Monica Bellucci.
Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, Mr Brunel’s lawyer, has insisted her client is not guilty of any wrongdoing.
Evidence against Brunel comes from a number of former models, who have waived their anonymity to make their allegations public.
New Zealander Zoe Brock has claimed in statements made to French investigators that she was abused in his Paris home in the early 1990s.
A 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 barrister.