Epstein-linked modeling agent charged with sex crimes

French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel has been charged with sexual harassment and rape of minors. He was detained on Wednesday trying to board a plane to Senegal.

A French modeling agent associated with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein has been charged with sexual harassment and the rape of minors over 15 years old, the office of the Paris prosecutor said on Saturday.

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Jean-Luc Brunel

The agent, 74-year-old Jean-Luc Brunel, was detained on Wednesday as part of a probe opened last year into allegations of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Police arrested him at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport before he boarded a plane to Senegal.

The prosecutor announced that the charges were handed out Friday by a magistrate at the end of Brunel’s custody period.

The magistrate decided that there was not enough evidence to rule on human trafficking charges, which was one of the main lines of inquiry.

However, he was not acquitted of the crime and could be charged in the future if anything new emerges.

The prosecutor said Brunel was suspected of having raped, assaulted and harassed several minor and adult victims as well as having organized transport and hosting of young women for Epstein.

Source: Dw News

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