Jean-Luc Brunel, 75, a modeling agent facing charges of sexual abuse along with disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein, was found dead in his French prison cell on Saturday. Multiple media outlets report he was found hanging in a prison where he had been charged with rape and trafficking of minors.
As part of a broader French investigation sparked by US sex-trafficking charges against Epstein, Jean-Luc Brunel was detained at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport in 2020. According to an AP report, he has denied any wrongdoing since then and said via his lawyer that he was willing to speak with investigators. Throughout his detention, Brunel’s legal team complained to the government about the conditions and requested that he be released pending trial.
AP reported that the victims of the alleged abuse case were shocked and dismayed that Jean-Luc Brunel would not stand trial. Police in Paris has been investigating the death and timeline of his case.
Jean-Luc Brunel’s lawyers denied disclosing the circumstances surrounding Jean-Luc Brunel’s death to the American news agency.
Jean-Luc Brunel – Victims express shock, frustration
Jean-Luc Brunel was a frequent companion of Epstein’s who was born in Paris. Additionally, he was at the center of the French investigation into the alleged sexual exploitation of women by the US financier and his circle. AP reports that Epstein traveled frequently to France and owned apartments in Paris.