Jean-Luc Brunel, a prominent French modeling agent and former associate of the late Jeffrey Epstein, has been detained in France amid allegations of sex crimes. Paris prosecutors have confirmed his detention, which includes charges of rape, sexual assault of minors, human trafficking, and participation in a criminal conspiracy.
Brunel’s arrest took place at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris as he was preparing to board a flight to Senegal. The case is linked to the ongoing investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s activities in France. Epstein, a wealthy American financier, was arrested in the United States on charges related to trafficking underage girls for sexual exploitation and was found dead in his New York jail cell in August 2019.
The French authorities launched their investigation due to Epstein’s ownership of a high-end apartment in Paris and allegations of abuse that occurred in France. Brunel has been a key focus of this investigation, having faced previous accusations in American court documents of rape and facilitating the recruitment of young girls for Epstein.
Legal representatives of the victims have welcomed Brunel’s detention, expressing relief and confidence in the legal process. The arrest comes after over a year of uncertainty and mystery surrounding Brunel’s whereabouts. Although he has vehemently denied allegations in the past, his detention marks a significant development in the ongoing investigations.
Over the past year, French law enforcement conducted raids on the offices of Karin Models, an agency founded by Brunel, and searched Epstein’s opulent residence in Paris, located in close proximity to the renowned Arc de Triomphe.