Modeling mogul Jean-Luc Brunel, a close associate and one-time business partner of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested in France and is being held for questioning on numerous rape and sexual trafficking charges, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced Thursday..
Brunel with Maxwell
Brunel was arrested Wednesday at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport trying to go to Senegal and has been held for questioning by the special victims unit in Paris.
Brunel has long been accused of enabling and participating in Epstein’s abuse of girls and of using the promise of modeling work to lure in underage victims.
“I am so happy with this news and cried tears of joy,” said Thysia Huisman, a former Dutch model who said Brunel drugged and raped her in Paris in 1991. “Finally, after so long, Brunel will hopefully be brought to justice. This is more than I hoped for, justice for all his victims”
Epstein and Brunel were both friends and business partners, with Epstein, providing Brunel a $1 million line of credit to help fund Brunel’s MC2 Model Management agency, which was headquartered in Miami Beach.