French modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel has been arrested in Paris on charges relating to allegations his agency supplied underage girls to Jeffrey Epstein, pictured here Photo by New York State Division of Criminal Justice/EPA-EFE
Dec. 17 (UPI) — French modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel was arrested Thursday in Paris on suspicion of supplying underage girls to late financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Brunel, 74, was arrested at Charles de Gaulle airport as he attempted to board a plane bound for Dakar, Senegal, after showing his passport and airport authorities said he was wanted for questioning by the national police, NBC News reported.
He faces in particular charges of rape, sexual assault on a minor and trafficking in minors, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Prosecutors said the arrest was part of an investigation into possible “events of a sexual nature allegedly committed by Jeffrey Epstein and other accomplices” opened on August 23, 2019.
Virginia Giuffre, who campaigned for justice for victims of sex trafficking after they were abused by Epstein, said Epstein bragged about having slept with more than “1,000 Brunel girls”.
Epstein killed himself in his jail cell in August while being held on charges of sex trafficking.
Brunel and Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, allegedly helped Epstein traffic underage girls.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, perjury, inducing a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity .
Brunel denied any wrongdoing in a 2015 lawsuit alleging “negative publicity” surrounding Epstein damaged his reputation.