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Sudden death Jeffrey Epstein pal facing trial for raping minors found dead in French prison cell

An investigation into the death of Jean-Luc Brunel has been launched following the discovery of his body in his cell in the early hours of this morning

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Jean-Luc Brunel (right) pictured with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

Jean-Luc Brunel (right) pictured with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

Jean-Luc Brunel (right) pictured with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

A French fashion agent pal of Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in the prison where he was awaiting trial for raping minors. 

An investigation into the death of Jean-Luc Brunel has been launched following the discovery of his body in his cell in La Santé, Paris in the early hours of this morning.

The 76-year-old had been detained in December 2020 as part of an inquiry into allegations of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The investigation formed part of a preliminary inquiry into whether Epstein, the late financier and convicted sex offender, had committed sex crimes on French territory or against French victims.

Brunel was suspected of having been part of a global underage sex ring organised by the late American multi-billionaire paedophile, Epstein, who took his own life in 2019 while awaiting trial for numerous sex crimes.

Others involved in the ring include Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell (60) who is currently in prison in the US after being found guilty of sex trafficking.

Brunel was also suspected of using his contacts in the fashion industry to provide victims to Epstein and his friends.

He is said to have flown three sisters from a Paris housing estate to America so they could be abused by Epstein as "a birthday present".

As well as Britain’s Prince Andrew Virginia Roberts Giuffre has also said she had "sexual relations with Brunel on several occasions", between the ages of 16 and 19, according to legal papers filed in America and France.

Brunel, who had denied any wrongdoing, was being held in custody until a criminal trial on a date to be fixed.

However, prosecutors in Paris that a night patrol “found his lifeless body at about 1am”.

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"A judicial enquiry has been launched, and early evidence points to suicide,” said an investigating source said.

Meanwhile, Maxwell will be sentenced at the end of June after being convicted of recruiting teenage girls for him to abuse.

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