Jean-Luc Brunel, model friend and scout of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has been taken into police custody in France for questioning on suspicion of rape and trafficking of minors, the Paris prosecutor’s office has announced.
Brunel, who was under investigation as part of a French investigation into the sexual abuse of women and girls by Epstein and his friends, was arrested at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday, it said. officials. He was about to catch a flight to Dakar, Senegal, the watchman reported.
Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre alleges Brunel, 74, once ‘gifted’ the late financier three 12-year-old French girls from poor families for his birthday.
She alleged Brunel bought them in Paris from their parents, promising to promote their modeling careers, then shipped them off to New York to be sexually abused by Epstein. They would have been sent back to France the next day.
Giuffre, who claimed she was forced to be Epstein’s ‘sex slave’, made the disturbing revelation in court documents.
A former Dutch model, Thysia Huisman, has accused Brunel of drugging and raping her when she was 18. She hailed his arrest as “good news”.
“I have tears of joy. Finally, after all this time, justice has been done,” she said, according to Agence France-Presse.
Huisman said she reported Brunel to French authorities in August 2019, and since then 11 other accusers have come forward.
Paris authorities first opened their case on Brunel after Huisman’s report and raided his agency, Karin Models, in the upscale 8th arrondissement in September.
Brunel’s lawyer in October 2019 said he vehemently denied the allegations and denied his client was on the run, insisting he was available to cops for questioning.
Long before the Epstein scandal broke, Brunel was accused of rape by multiple models in a 1988 CBS documentary.
Ghislaine Maxwell introduced Brunel to Epstein in the 1980s, according to the Guardian.
Photos from 2003 obtained by The Post in August showed Brunel and Maxwell having fun together on Epstein’s tiny Caribbean island, Little St. James Island, dubbed “paedophile island” by locals.
Maxwell was arrested in July for recruiting girls and women to be abused by her and Epstein. She pleaded not guilty.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.
With post wires