A French former modelling agent and ex-associate of American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested after being accused of rape and human trafficking, the Paris prosecutor’s workplace stated on Thursday.
Paris-born Jean-Luc Brunel, who can be accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment in US authorized paperwork, was reportedly held at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on Wednesday as he tried to fly to the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
Brunel’s arrest comes after he was positioned beneath investigation by French authorities, as a part of an inquiry launched final yr into the alleged sexual exploitation of girls and women by Epstein and his different associates.
A number of of these to accuse Brunel of rape are prime former fashions, and he’s additionally alleged to have procured younger ladies for Epstein, the disgraced financier who was discovered hanged in his New York police cell in August 2019.
The rich American had been awaiting trial after he was jailed for trafficking underage women for intercourse, together with at his properties in Manhattan and Palm Seaside, Florida.
Brunel has denied all of the accusations in opposition to him, and in 2015 he sued Epstein, claiming that his authorized difficulties had unfairly broken the popularity of the Frenchman’s company.
“The victims have lengthy awaited the arrest of Jean-Luc Brunel,” stated Anne-Claire Lejeune, a lawyer representing a number of of his alleged victims.
“They welcome this custody with reduction, and confidence within the authorized penalties that will probably be given. Their phrase lastly takes on a that means.”
Ex-model Thysia Huisman, who accused Brunel of drugging and raping her when she was 18, stated: “That is big information. I cry with pleasure.”
Brunel based businesses MC2 Mannequin Administration, which was funded by Epstein, and Karin Fashions, which had its workplaces raided by French police final yr.
Epstein was identified to journey to Paris, the place he owned a luxurious residence which police additionally searched final yr. He was arrested and charged in July 2019 for intercourse trafficking and conspiracy after allegations he’d abused dozens of ladies as younger as 14, together with on his personal island within the Caribbean.
This week his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, proposed a $28.5m bail bundle in an effort to be freed this yr from a jail in New York, the place she is awaiting a trial which is ready to start in 2021.
The previous British socialite was arrested in July following claims she had sourced underage women for Epstein to abuse within the mid-Nineteen Nineties, and if convicted she may face 35 years in jail.
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