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(The hill) – The former head of a French modeling agency accused of supplying underage girls to a financier Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his jail cell on Saturday. The French authorities have confirmed that Jean-Luc Brunel75, was found dead in his cell and an investigation has been opened into the incident, although they said early evidence pointed to a suicide, The Guardian reported.

The former fashion boss was arrested in December 2020 while traveling to Senegal for a vacation. He was being investigated on charges of underage rape and sexual harassment following his arrest, the outlet noted.

In June last year, a second investigation was opened into allegations of child rape. He was also questioned by investigators into the sex trafficking of minors.

Epstein, a disgraced American financier, was charged in 2019 with trafficking underage girls from 2002 to 2005. He was found dead in his cell that year, and the New York medical examiner later said that it was a suicide.

Epstein’s longtime associate and former romantic partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of sex trafficking in December. Maxwell’s Lawyers filed a petition for review out of concern for the impartiality of the jury.

In court documents filed in 2019Virginia Giuffre — who apparently reached a settlement agreement with Prince Andrew in a lawsuit accusing the British royal of sexual assault and rape – named Brunel as one of the people she was sent to have sex with as a minor.

Brunel met Maxwell in the 1980s and founded MC2 Management with funding from Epstein, according to the Guardian.