Six prison patrols for 'vulnerable inmates' unable to stop Epstein's 'pimp' from suicide

Jean-Luc Brunel died in his prison on Saturday, he was accused of being involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex abuse ring and reportedly supplied the American financier with underage girls he raped

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Up to six prison patrols focusing on ‘vulnerable inmates’ were unable to stop French modeling agent and alleged sex trafficker Jean-Luc Brunel dying in his cell, it emerged on Sunday.

The 76-year-old who is said to have procured ‘more than a thousand women’ for the late billionaire pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead at La Santé prison in Paris on Saturday morning.

This was despite him being sectioned for his own safety and being watched constantly at the notorious jail, which is one of the toughest in France.

Erwan Saoudi, a prison warden trade union representative in the French capital, said: “On average, there are four to six patrols in for vulnerable people in the prison where Brunel was held.”

Despite this, Brunel apparently found a time window between the patrols and managed to hang himself.

“He chose to carry out this act between two patrols. First aid could not salvage the situation,” said Mr Saoudi.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein and Jean-Luc Brunel
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He added: “This shows that the prisoner was determined to go through with it. What’s for sure is that he was alone at the time.”

Despite all the evidence pointing to suicide investigation, Paris judicial police guided by an examining magistrate have launched an into the exact cause of Brunel’s death.

The alleged hanging will fuel conspiracy theories around the Epstein affair because the financier is also said to have hanged himself while awaiting trial.

Video cameras at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correction Center were not running at the time Epstein died in 2019.

The surveillance footage was destroyed by accident, prosecutors say.

There were no cameras to record Brunel’s final hours in Paris either, as he awaited trial for the rape of a minor, sources said.

La Sante prison where Brunel was held accused of the rape of a minor when he died
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Brunel’s apparent suicide comes days after Prince Andrew agreed to settle a civil law suit with Virginia Roberts Giuffre accusing him of sex abuse after they met through Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

The settlement is thought to be worth around £12 million.

Prince Andrew denies all allegations against him.

Mr Giuffre also alleges that she was raped on numerous occasions by Brunel, who was a close friend of convicted British sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently in prison in the USA.

A number of former models have also waived their anonymity to make their allegations against Brunel public.

Among them was the Dutch model, Thysia Huisman, who was 18 when she first stayed with Brunel, and she said she was raped by him in 1991.

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On Saturday, she Tweeted: “Jean-Luc Brunel has been found dead in his prison cell. He supposedly hung himself last night.

“I am in shock. Was this really suicide? And it feels disappointing. This is a completely different ending without any real justice for his victims.”

She is one of at least four alleged victims represented by Anne-Claire Le Jeune, a Paris barrister who said Mr Brunel’s death was a source of ‘frustration’ for her clients.

Ms Le Jeune said: “Epstein and Brunel died in their cells and Prince Andrew has struck a confidentiality deal.

“All that leaves the impression there are lots of gray areas and it will be hard to get to the truth about this ring.”

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Brunel was the target of a wider investigation opened in Paris in August 2019 looking into Epstein’s associates in France.

In a 2016 deposition, Ms Guiffre claimed that Epstein and Maxwell sex trafficked her into Brunel’s hands when she was 16.

She also claimed Brunel attacked her on several occasions on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.

Speaking last September, Ms Giuffre said Epstein told her he slept with ‘over a thousand women that Brunel brought in’.

Brunel’s suicide evaded the estimated six prison patrols specifically for inmates who might take their own life
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Both Prince Andrew and Brunel have vehemently denied all claims against them, with the Prince considered a key witness who both the Americans and the French want to interview in person.

Ms Giuffre had urged more witnesses allegedly abused by Brunel to come forward.

In a Tweet on Saturday Ms Giuffre said: “The suicide of Jean-Luc Brunel, who abused me and countless girls and young women, ends another chapter.

“I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to face him in a final trial to hold him accountable, but gratified that I was able to testify in person last year to keep him in prison.”

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Following Brunel’s death, Maxwell’s family described the news as ‘shocking’ and said they were scared for Maxwell’s safety at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where she is currently being held.

Speaking from his home in London, Maxwell’s brother Ian told the New York Post: ‘Another death by hanging in a high-security prison. My reaction is one of total shock and bewilderment.’

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