Jean Luc Brunel Wiki – Jean Luc Brunel Bio
Jean Luc Brunel is a French modeling agent who is suspected of organizing the “accommodation of young girls or young women on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein” has been charged with the rape of minors, a French prosecutor said Saturday.
Brunel was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation on Wednesday at Charles de Gaulle airport as he was preparing to take a flight to Senegal.
He is 74 years old.
Jean Luc Brunel Arrested
A former associate of deceased US financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been placed under formal investigation and remanded in custody in France on suspicion of sex crimes.
French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel is accused of sexual harassment and the rape of minors aged between 15 and 18.
Mr. Brunel, 74, has denied wrongdoing.
Epstein died in a New York prison last year as he awaited trial over allegations he ran a network using underage girls for sex.
“This is what the victims have been waiting for for many years,” said lawyer Anne-Claire Le Jeune, who is representing Mr. Brunel’s accusers.
Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz said in a news release that he was charged with sexual harassment and the rape of minors over 15 years old by a magistrate on Friday, at the end of Brunel’s custody period.
Brunel was married to Helen Hogberg, a Swedish model. Hogberg divorced Brunel in 1979. In 1988, he married his girlfriend of two years, the American model Roberta Chirko. Brunel and Chirko later divorced.
Brunel, who was remanded in custody, “is suspected of having committed acts of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment on various minor or major victims and of having, in particular, organized the transport and accommodation of young girls or young women on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein,” Heitz said.
He was not handed any human trafficking charges, one of the main lines of inquiry, as the magistrate decided that there was not currently enough evidence to rule on that count.
However, he was not acquitted and given the status of “an assisted witness of aggravated human trafficking.” This means he can be questioned by three investigative judges and could be charged in the future if anything new emerges.
An attorney for Brunel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Multiple women have identified themselves as victims and spoken to police since the French probe was opened in August last year, the same month in which Epstein committed suicide in jail.
He has previously denied any wrongdoing in a 2015 lawsuit against Epstein in which he alleged the “adverse publicity” surrounding the financier had damaged his reputation.