Jean-Luc Brunel’s day of reckoning: Will he serve time for Epstein crimes?
Even though Jeffrey Epstein died over a year ago, the blowbacks from his case are far from over. New allegations against people connected to the disgraced financier are popping up all the time, including the recent arrest of Jean-Luc Brunel, a model scout and longtime associate of Epstein. Here are the hot-off-the-press new details.
Jean-Luc Brunel was brought into custody in France and is currently being questioned for suspected rape & trafficking of minors. The Guardian reported that he was about to get on a flight to Dakar, Senegal, but was picked up by local authorities before he could do so.
The Paris prosecutor’s office released a statement explaining Bruel is being held on “counts of rape and sexual assault, rape and sexual assault on a minor under 15, rape and sexual assault on a minor over 15, sexual harassment, criminal associations and human traffickinng to the detriment of minor victime for the purposes of sexual exploitation.”
One of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts-Giuffre, claimed Jean-Luc Brunel once gave Epstein three twelve-year-old French girls as a birthday present. In a court document, Giuffre explained: “The worst one that I heard from his mouth was this pretty 12 year old girls he had flown in for his birthday. It was a surprise birthday gift from one of his friends and they were from France. I did see them, I did meet them.”
She continued: “Jeffrey bragged afterwards after he met them that they were 12-year-0lds and flown over from France because they’re really poor over there, and their parents needed the money or whatever the case is and they were absolutely free to stay and flew out.”
Giuffre also claimed the girls, after being bought from their parents in Paris, were promised modeling careers. However, it didn’t quite turn out that way; the girls were flown to New York to meet up with Epstein, and were returned to France the very next day.
“He went on to tell me how Brunel bought them in Paris from their parents,” Giuffre continued, “offering them the usual sums of money, visas, and modeling career prospects. Laughing the whole way through, Jeffrey thought it was absolutely brilliant how easily money seduced all walks of life, nothing or no one that couldn’t be bought.”
A former Dutch model named Thysia Huisman also accused Jean-Luc Brunel of abuse. She alleged he drugged & raped her when she was eighteen. “I have tears of joy,” she said to Agence France-Presse about the arrest. “Finally after all this time, justice is being done.”
She added: “I reported him to the police in September 2019, and I knew my case was past the statute of limitations, but I hoped it would motivate other women to come forward.”
And it did. After Huisman’s initial report, eleven accusers have stepped forward. Anne-Claire Lejeune, a French lawyer who represents Brunel’s alleged victims, told the Beast: “The victims have long awaited the arrest of Jean-Luc Brunel. They welcome this custody with relief and confidence in the legal consequences that will be given. Their word finally takes on a meaning.”
However, after the initial report, he maintained his innocence. When allegations first came out against Brunel in 2019, his lawyer, Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, told Agence France-Presse that Brunel “is not on the run,” and “firmly contests the allegations circulated by the press.”
While details on the case are still pending, things aren’t looking good for the modeling agent, as another of Epstein’s co-conspirators, Ghislaine Maxwell, remains behind bars and if convicted, will likely remain there for the rest of her life.