Fashion agent and friend of Jeffrey Epstein, Jean-Luc Brunel, 76, was found hanging in his cell in La Santé, in the south of the capital city, in the early hours of Saturday
A French fashion agent involved in the Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew sex abuse scandal was today found dead in the prison where he was awaiting trial for raping minors.
Prosecutors in Paris confirmed that Jean-Luc Brunel, 76, was found hanging in his cell in La Santé, in the south of the capital city, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“A night patrol found his lifeless body at about 1am,” said an investigating source.
“A judicial inquiry has been launched, and early evidence points to suicide.”
It was in December 2020 that Brunel was indicated after two days of interviews by an examining magistrate and specialist police from an anti-paedophilia unit.
He was arrested at the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport while trying to board a plane to Dakar, Senegal, telling detectives “I’m going on holiday”.
Brunel was suspected of having been part of a global underage sex ring organized by late American multi-billionaire paedophile Epstein, who took his own life in 2019, while awaiting trial for numerous sex crimes.
Others involved in the ring include Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, who is currently in prison in the US after being found guilty of sex trafficking.
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A French judicial inquiry into Brunel’s conduct was opened in August 2019, when prosecutors heard allegations that Brunel and the Queen’s second son shared a lover.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American, has told lawyers she was employed as a ‘sex slave’ when she was forced to sleep with the Duke after being trafficked to him at least three times when she was 17 and 18.
Prince Andrew has since agreed a civil settlement with Ms Giuffre, thought to be worth some £12million.
Ms Roberts Giuffre has also 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.
Both Prince Andrew and Brunel vehemently deny these claims, with the Prince considered a key witness who both the Americans and the French want to interview in person.
The rape of a minor is punishable by up to 15 years in prison in France, while aggravated sexual harassment comes with a three-year prison sentence and a fine equivalent to around £40,000.
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Brunel, who denied any wrongdoing which was being held in custody until a criminal trial on a date to be fixed.
Brunel was also suspected of using his contacts in the fashion industry to provide victims to Epstein and his friends.
He 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 associate of Brunel’s – died in his prison cell in New York on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial for a range of offenses, including trafficking minors for sex, and multiple rapes.
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 a cover for Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.