Or did he? I’m kidding. Kinda. There’s a deja vu vibe occurring with this story. The 78-year-old French model-agent and alleged pimp for Jeffrey Epstein, Jean-Luc Brunel, was discovered useless in his Paris jail cell early Saturday morning. His physique was discovered by guards at La Santé round 1:00 a.m. Saturday throughout a late-night test. Does this story sound acquainted? Each Epstein and Brunel hung themselves of their jail cells whereas awaiting trial for intercourse trafficking, together with exploitation of underage ladies.
Brunel had been in police custody for over a yr. French prosecutors investigated him on suspicion of raping minors over the age of 15 and sexual harassment. Authorities additionally thought of Brunel a witness in an investigation into little one intercourse trafficking. Virginia Roberts Giuffre accused each Brunel and Epstein of abuse. She claimed in 2014 that Epstein and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked her to Brunel. Giuffre offeredat a closed-door listening to on Brunel’s detention in Paris in January 2021.
“The suicide of Jean Luc Brunel, who abused me and numerous ladies and younger ladies, ends one other chapter. I’m upset that I used to be not in a position to face him in a closing trial and maintain him accountable for his actions, however gratified that I used to be in a position to face him in particular person final yr in Paris, to maintain him in jail,” Virginia Giuffre stated in an announcement issued although her lawyer, Sigrid McCawley.
Brunel’s attorneys launched. “His misery was that of a 75-year-old man crushed by a media-judicial system,” stated Mr. Brunel’s three legal professionals in an announcement. “Jean-Luc Brunel has continued to proclaim his innocence. He multiplied his efforts to show it,” they added.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s lawyer sees the suicide in a special gentle. Brunel did it as a result of
“He and Epstein made it solely so long as there was hope of getting out,” Edwards advised The Day by day Beast.
“Virginia’s testimony in France was a significant factor in Jean-Luc being jailed. Her latest settlement with Prince Andrew solidified her as a extremely credible particular person. So it can’t be a shock that he took the identical cowardly path as his previous pal to keep away from true accountability. I really feel dangerous for his many victims however this doesn’t have a lot impression in any respect on our investigation, which continues to strengthen.”
The suicide places an finish to all of the investigations in opposition to Brunel. He’s politely described as an affiliate by many information retailers however Brunel acted as a pimp for his pal Epstein. Allegedly. He was suspected of raping, sexually assaulting or sexually harassing many minors and adults. He was additionally suspected of organizing transportation and hosted ladies and younger ladies for Epstein. Pedophiles of a feather flock collectively, apparently.
Epstein had connections to France. He owned a home on Avenue Foch. He was arrested in New York as he returned from Paris. The French investigation into Epstein and his accomplices was opened by prosecutors simply weeks after Epstein’s demise. In cooperation with U.S. authorities, French prosecutors got down to decide if French nationals had been amongst Epstein’s victims. Additionally they had been investigating if his financier had French accomplices.
Brunel based Karin Fashions and MC2 Mannequin Administration. French prosecutors startedhim in August 2019. He was arrested in December 2020 as he tried to board a flight to Senegal. Giuffre accused Brunel of “utilizing his modeling company to import ladies and younger ladies and farm them out to his pals, together with Epstein.”
His identify appeared greater than 15 occasions on flight logs for Epstein’s personal jet, and photographs used as proof within the case in opposition to Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell confirmed him palling round along with her and Epstein.
He additionally visited Epstein dozens of occasions through the financier’s first jail stint—in Florida, for procuring an underage woman for prostitution.
Logs from Epstein’s Palm Seaside house included messages from Brunel that appeared to seek advice from younger ladies. In a single word, Brunel reported that he “simply did an excellent one—18 years” who advised him “I like Jeffrey.” In one other, Brunel confused that “he has a instructor so that you can train the way to converse Russian … She is 2×8 years previous not blonde. Classes are free and you’ll have 1st at this time when you name.”
As for Ghislaine Maxwell, the one one of many trio to remain alive lengthy sufficient to go to trial, her household isabout her security in jail. She is on suicide watch and guards awaken her each quarter-hour through the night time to test on her, in accordance with her brother.
“It’s actually surprising,” Ian Maxwell, considered one of Ghislaine’s siblings, advised The Publish. “One other demise by hanging in a high-security jail. My response is considered one of complete shock and bewilderment.”
In an interview from his house in London, Maxwell stated the household “fears for her security” on the Metropolitan Detention Middle in Brooklyn the place she is being held.
Maxwell insisted his youthful sister shouldn’t be suicidal and stated that it was “ironic” that Epstein and Brunel who died of obvious suicides weren’t on suicide watches of their respective prisons. Epstein had been taken off suicide watch shortly earlier than his demise in August, 2019.
An investigation is underway to find out the reason for Brunel’s demise. I ponder what Prince Andrew is pondering at this time.