searches in his Paris apartment and in a modeling agency

The police inspected Jeffrey Epstein's Paris apartment and Jean-Luc Brunel's agency, as part of an investigation opened on 23 August by the Paris prosecutor's office for "rape" and "sexual assault".

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View of the building where the search of Jeffrey Epstein's Paris apartment took place.
View of the building where the search of Jeffrey Epstein's Paris apartment took place. JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP

This is a new step in the French part of the investigation against Jeffrey Epstein. Monday, September 23, the investigators searched the Paris apartment of the American financier, accused of "Rape" and "Sexual assault" on minors. A week earlier, on September 17, the police had gone to the Karin Models agency, founded by Jean-Luc Brunel, a former close friend of Mr. Epstein, in the 8e arrondissement of the capital, said the Paris prosecutor, confirming a Franceinfo information.

Associations have been clamoring for these searches since the opening, on August 23, of an investigation for "Rape" and "Sexual assault", especially on minors, by the parquet of Paris. The latter was alerted to potential French victims of the American multimillionaire, sued in the United States before his suicide in prison on August 10.

According to the association Innocence in danger, the Paris apartment of Mr. Epstein and his stays "Regular" in France are likely to arouse suspicion. "It is up to the investigators (…) to shed light on the use of (this) apartment "the association wrote in its report to the prosecutor at the end of July. She claimed to have gathered testimony from victims of acts "Committed on French soil" by Mr. Epstein.

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A "reel" for Jeffrey Epstein

Also raided, the agency Karin Models refused to comment. It was founded in 1978 by Jean-Luc Brunel, whose name was already in the US survey for the multimillionaire, Virginia Giuffre, one of the main plaintiffs in the United States, who claimed to have been forced to have sex with him. . In a first proceeding in the United States, closed in 2007, two women had already accused him of playing the role of reeler for Jeffrey Epstein, bringing to the United States " Girls " modest backgrounds by shimmering jobs in modeling.

Under a controversial deal with the judiciary, the US financier had spent thirteen months in jail, with a daily right of exit to conduct his business, in exchange for the abandonment of criminal prosecution for recourse to prostitution. At the time, disturbing messages were found by the Florida police, including this one, noted in 2005 after a call from "Jean-Luc" : "He has a teacher for you, to teach you to speak Russian. She is 2 x 8 years old, not blonde. " In 2015, then cold with Epstein, Mr. Brunel had announced actions in France and the United States to denounce these "Allegations"but none of these procedures has prospered.

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At least three women heard in France

At the beginning of September, an old Dutch supermodel also accused her of rape in the early 1990s. In a letter sent to the Paris prosecutor, this woman, now aged 46, claims to have been drugged and raped by M Brunel in a Parisian apartment located Avenue Hoche, near the Champs-Elysees in Paris, when she was just a major. As part of the French investigation, at least three women were also recently heard by investigators, while the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence to Persons launched a call for witnesses on 11 September.

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The US financier was arrested on July 6 and charged in New York for organizing, between 2002 and 2005, a network of dozens of girls, some college girls, with whom he would have had forced sex in his many properties, including in Manhattan and Florida.


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