A modelling agent who was near the disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein has been taken into custody in France on suspicion of an array of crimes together with the rape of minors and trafficking minors for sexual exploitation.
The Paris prosecutors’ workplace mentioned Jean-Luc Brunel was detained for questioning on Wednesday. Police picked him up at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, the workplace mentioned, with out specifying whether or not he was arriving or departing.
Brunel was being investigated as a part of a broad French inquiry into alleged sexual exploitation of ladies and women by Epstein and his circle. A number of girls have recognized themselves as victims and spoken to police because the inquiry was opened in August final yr.
Brunel was thought of central to the inquiry as a result of he was a frequent companion of Epstein, who killed himself in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking prices. Epstein travelled usually to France and had residences in Paris.
Brunel’s lawyer has beforehand mentioned he contested accusations made in opposition to him within the media however he was obtainable to speak to judicial officers.