How Jean-Luc Brunel lived his life matters as much as how he died.
Survivors first always.
Jean-Luc Brunel dead: The knocks keep coming for Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Andrew after news yesterday that sex trafficker and Epstein pal Jean-Luc Brunel is dead.
His death in a Paris prison is the latest turn in an international investigation into sexual assault allegations and human trafficking.
- The French model agent linked to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell was found dead in his prison cell from suicide, French prosecutor’s said on the weekend.
- Brunel, aged 74, was in detention awaiting trial on charges including rape of a minor and sexual harassment.
A lawyer for the Brunel survivors, Anne-Claire Le Jeune, told The Guardian the news was “quite terrible” for them, adding they felt Brunel had “left behind many secrets”.
She noted the women’s “frustration and bitterness over not being able to obtain justice – just as for the victims of Epstein” because it had taken “so much courage for them to be able to speak up, to be heard by the police”.
At the same time, today is Prince Andrew’s 62nd birthday. No doubt it will be a muted affair.
Jean-Luc Brunel Dead: he was suspected of organising the “accommodation of young girls or young women on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein.”
He was charged by authorities in Paris with sexual harassment and the rape of minors over 15 years old, including Virginia Giufree.
The Frenchman was suspected of having committed acts of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment on various minor and adult victims.
The response to his death from survivors of the model agent were today a mixture of resignation and a sense that justice was denied, again.
Jean-Luc Brunel Died in Jail by Suicide: Authorities
Ms Giuffre today made the following statement via Twitter:
Survivor Thysia Huisman said: “Jean-Luc Brunel has been found dead in his prison cell. He supposedly hung himself last night. I am in shock. Was this really suicide? And it feels disappointing. This is a completely different ending without any real justice for his victims.”
Brunel was arrested at a Paris airport in 2020 while trying to leave France for Senegal. According to local television, the Epstein associate had deep ties to the African nation.
Authorities alleged Brunel organised the transport and accommodation of young girls or young women on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein.
In addition, Epstein had a financial stake in Brunel’s model agency.