Another suicide?A Frenchman accused of being Epstein’s “pimp” died in prison

2022-07-02 0 By

A Frenchman accused of acting as a “pimp” for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his prison cell.Us media said the incident was a “shocking replay” of Epstein’s own death.Jean-luc Brunel, a model agent, was found hanging by a guard at La Sante prison in Paris in the early hours of Sunday, the newspaper said, citing an official statement to Le Monde.His lawyer said it was an apparent suicide, but “not out of guilt but out of a deep sense of injustice.”Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claimed to be a victim of Mr. Epstein and others and brought several people to court, said she was sorry Ms. Brunel wasn’t brought to justice, U.S. media reported.She said: ‘Brunel abused countless women, including me, only to commit suicide and I am disappointed that I was not able to face him at his final judgment and hold him accountable for his crimes.But I’m glad I was able to confront him in Paris and put him behind bars.”Brad Edwards, a lawyer representing Gieve, told US media that he believed the Frenchman killed himself because he knew his fate was sealed. “He and Epstein had to kill themselves to get away with it,” he said.He added: “Virginia’s testimony in France [during the trial] was a major factor in putting Brunel in prison.And her recent reconciliation with Prince Andrew makes her a highly credible figure.And that led him (Brunel) to follow the same cowardly path as his old friend (Epstein) to avoid real guilt.I feel sorry for the many victims, but his suicide will have little impact on our ongoing investigation.”French police have opened an investigation into Brunel’s death, US media said.When Epstein was found hanging in his New York jail cell, conspiracy theories emerged that he had been murdered.Although the medical examiner ruled suicide, such theories persist to this day.Brunel’s death under such similar circumstances is sure to spark gossip.Brunel, who founded a model management company called “Carine Models” and “MC2,” has been under investigation by French prosecutors since August 2019, ACCORDING to U.S. media.He was arrested in December 2020 while trying to board a flight to Dakar, Senegal.At the time, the prosecutor, Remy Heitz, accused Brunel in a statement of “alleged rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment of multiple adult and minor victims, as well as organizing the transportation and placement of girls and women on behalf of Epstein.”Us media said that In the flight log of Epstein’s private plane, Brunel’s name appeared more than 15 times.Photographs used as evidence in the conviction of Mr. Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, showed Ms. Brunel had a friendly relationship with Mr. Epstein.Brunel also visited Epstein dozens of times during his first stint in a Florida prison.American media said, there is no denying that he was a close friend of Epstein.The victim, Gieve, claimed in legal documents that she was forced to have sex with Brunel and others while she was a “sex slave” to Epstein.She accused Brunel of using his modelling agency to solicit underage girls and young women and “trafficked them in bulk to his friends, including Epstein”.Us media also said the allegations of misconduct against Brunel long predate the Epstein scandal.Back in 1988, the US television programme 60 Minutes interviewed American models who had worked with him in Paris and accused Brunel of drugging and molesting them.Brunel, however, has always maintained his innocence.This article was written by Global Times editor Yang Rong. Photo source: Visual China Photo editor Yong Kai