A former model has accused a modelling agent close to US sex crimes suspect Jeffrey Epstein of raping her in 1990, as France pursues its personal investigation into alleged offences on its territory.
In a letter sent to Paris Prosecutor Remi Heitz observed by AFP on Saturday, a 46-year-old Dutch lady says Jean-Luc Brunel drugged and raped her at his Paris appartment in the early 1990s, shortly following she turned 18.
French prosecutors opened an inquiry final month into suspected sex trafficking and alleged situations of rape and sexual abuse of ladies, such as minors.
Brunel has emerged as a essential figure in the scandal surrounding the US billionaire, who committed suicide in a New York jail final month.
Brunel has been accused in court documents of rape and of procuring young girls for Epstein, charges he has denied in the previous.
But given that Epstein’s arrest in July — just as he returned from a trip to Paris — Brunel, formerly a higher-energy model scout, has not been heard from publicly.
In her letter, the former Dutch model stated various girls lived in Brunel’s apartment close to the Champs-Elysees, exactly where each and every day “wealthy businessmen have been accompanied by pretty young girls.”
“The events are beyond the statute of limitations, and my client knows this will not lead to charges against Mr Brunel,” the woman’s lawyer, Anne-Claire Le Jeune, told AFP.
“But she wanted to testify anyway, to assistance the inquiry move forward,” she stated.
It is also investigating claims that Epstein and other folks participated for years in a vast youngster sex-trafficking ring.
A French advocacy group for youngster sex abuse victims, Innocence En Danger (Innocence at Danger), has stated 10 people today had presented witness statements alleging sex crimes committed against minors in France.
According to the Parisian newspaper, Paris police final week questioned two other ladies who stated they had been sexually assaulted by Brunel. These alleged offences occurred as well lengthy ago for prosecution.
4 years ago, Brunel was accused in a civil lawsuit of rape and procuring young girls for the US financier.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who filed the suit, accused Epstein of utilizing her as a “sex slave”. She stated she had been forced to have sex with properly-recognized politicians and businessmen, such as Brunel.
She also alleged that Brunel would bring girls as young as 12 to the United States and pass them on to his buddies, such as Epstein. Brunel fiercely denied the allegations.