Epstein-linked modeling agent found dead in French jail cell
By: April Carson
According to the Paris prosecutor’s office, a modeling agency executive who had ties to infamously convicted US financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his French jail cell on Saturday, where he was being held in connection with the rape of minors and trafficking of children for sexual exploitation.
The death of the agent, Jean-Luc Brunel, was being investigated by Paris police, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Brunel was arrested in August as part of an investigation into his involvement with Epstein. Brunel, who is known as the godfather of modeling in France and represented models including Thylane Blondeau and Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber, started the MC2 Modeling agency.
His lawyer, however, denied the allegations. His lawyer previously stated that Brunel fought accusations leveled against him in the press, but that he was available to talk to judicial authorities.
In 2020, Brunel was arrested at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris as a result of a sweeping French investigation prompted by sex-trafficking allegations against Epstein. In 2019, while awaiting trial, Epstein killed himself in an NYC prison.
French investigators viewed Epstein as a frequent buddy of theirs, and they considered him crucial to the investigation into whether US financier Jeffrey Epstein and his company had sexually exploited women and girls. He resided in Paris for extended periods of time.
Since the French investigation was launched in 2019, several women have come forward as victims and spoke to authorities.
The prosecutor’s office in Paris announced Friday that the case was transferred to a judge who will investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.
On Monday, Britain’s Prince Andrew agreed to a settlement in which he was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl supplied to him by Epstein. The agreement, which Andrew agreed to make a substantial contribution to his accuser’s charity, avoids a court appearance.
Prince Andrew of UK was involved with Epstein and is a friend of Alan Dershowitz. Several women have come forward to accuse him of being involved with Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, but they dropped the case once he made a settlement with them.