In a scene reminiscent of the suicide of financier and convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, one of the men who helped him recruit girls has also died in his prison cell of a suspected suicide, and the prison cameras were not on.
French modelling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who is alleged to have gotten more than a thousand women and girls for Epstein to sleep with, was found during a check around 1 AM in his cell, hanging, The Daily Mail reported.
Unfounded conspiracy theories began quickly.
“Nothing to see here. Merely coincidental. No, I know what you’re thinking. Another suicide, right? We’ll, take our word for it. And, no, we’re not going to show you any pathology reports or crime scene photos. Go away. Wait for the invasion. Just go,” culture commentator Lionel said.
“Jean-Luc Brunel has “committed suicide” He was accused of procuring young girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse Friend of Ghislaine Maxwell & named by Virginia Guiffre as one of her abusers He was awaiting trial in France for sexually abuse I’m no conspiracy theorist but..,” former prosecutor Nazir Afzal said.
It comes days after Prince Andrew, 62, agreed to settle Virginia Roberts’s lawsuit accusing him of sex abuse after they met through Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Roberts accused Brunel, 76, of procuring more than a thousand women and girls for Epstein to sleep with and he was awaiting trial in France for raping minors.
His death in an alleged hanging will fuel conspiracy theories around the Epstein affair after he also died in prison while awaiting trial in what authorities say was a hanging.
However video cameras were not running at the time he died in the cell he shared with another inmate.
Prosecutors in Paris confirmed Brunel was found hanging in his cell in La Santé, in the south of the capital city, in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is not known whether Brunel was sharing a cell or whether there was any CCTV footage inside.
“A night patrol found his lifeless body at about 1am,” a source set to The Daily Mail. “A judicial enquiry has been launched, and early evidence points to suicide.”
He was indicted in December 2020 after being interrogated by a magistrate and a specialist unit of anti-pedophile police for two days.
He was arrested at Charles de Gaulle airport attempting to get on a plane to Dakar, Senegal when claiming he was heading on vacation.
“Brunel was suspected of having been part of a global underage sex ring organised by the late American multi-billionaire Epstein, who committed suicide in 2019, while awaiting trial for numerous sex crimes,” The Daily Mail said.
This comes a month after Prince Andrew was stripped of his military and royal titles after a judge ruled a sexual abuse civil lawsuit against the Queen’s son could proceed.
Andrew is still facing a legal battle with the late Jeffrey Epstein’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
Buckingham Palace announced that Andrew will no longer use the title “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” the statement read. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
On Wednesday, a judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Andrews by Giuffre, an American woman who said the prince sexually abused her when she was 17.
“U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan rejected an argument by Andrew’s attorneys that Giuffre’s lawsuit should be thrown out at an early stage because of an old legal settlement she had with Epstein, the late American financier she claimed set up sexual encounters with the royal, 61. Kaplan said the $500,000 settlement between Epstein and Giuffre didn’t involve the prince and didn’t bar a suit against him now,” Fox News reported.
“Giuffre sued Andrew in August, alleging she was coerced into sexual encounters with him in 2001 by Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre said she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s London home, at Epstein’s New York mansion, and his estate in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” the report added.