A modeling agent who was close to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his French jail cell.
Jean-Luc Brunel was being held in an investigation into the rape of minors and trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Paris police are investigating his death.
Brunel’s lawyer has previously said the agent contested the accusations against him.
He was detained at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris in 2020 as part of a broad French probe unleashed by sex trafficking charges in the US against Epstein.
Epstein killed himself in 2019 in a New York jail while awaiting trial.
A frequent companion of Epstein, Brunel was considered central to the French investigation into alleged sexual exploitation of women and girls by the US financier and his circle.
Epstein often traveled to France and had property in Paris.
Multiple women have identified themselves as victims and spoken to police since the French probe was opened in 2019.