French modeling representative Jean Luc Brunel has actually been apprehended in Paris in connection with an examination of Jeffrey Epstein’s circle of enablers, according to French district attorneys.
Brunel was apprehended Wednesday early morning at Charles de Gaulle airport as he was trying to board an airplane to Dakar, Senegal. He was being held for questioning on suspicion of offering minor women from his modeling company for Epstein to sexually abuse.
Brunel was dealing with numerous charges, consisting of rape, sexual attack of a small, and trafficking of minors, according to the district attorney’s workplace in Paris.
He was nabbed after he revealed his passport and airport authorities observed that he was determined in a migration system as being desired for questioning by the nationwide authorities, according to a French authorities source.
An lawyer for Brunel did not instantly react to an ask for remark.
Brunel has actually formerly rejected any misbehavior in a 2015 claim versus Epstein in which he declared the “adverse publicity” surrounding the investor had actually harmed his track record.
The arrest comes more than a year after Paris district attorneys opened an examination into sexual assault connected to Epstein and his possible accomplices.
One Epstein accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, stated she was likewise abused by Brunel. Giuffre declared in a 2016 deposition revealed in 2015 that Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell had actually directed her to supply sexual services for Brunel.
Speaking to NBC’s “Dateline” in an unique that aired last September, Giuffre stated Epstein informed her he slept with “over a thousand women that Brunel brought in.”
Epstein passed away by suicide inside a New York prison in August 2019 while he was waiting for trial on federal sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell, his long time confidante, was apprehended in July and stays imprisoned in New York.
Prosecutors state she assisted the disgraced investor sexually abuse girls in the mid-1990s and took part in a few of the abuse herself. She has actually pleaded innocent to charges of attracting a small to take a trip to participate in criminal sex and perjury.
Merritt Enright contributed.