French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who allegedly procured underaged girls to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was reportedly found dead in his jail cell after committing suicide.
Accuser Virginia Roberts’ lawsuit claims 76-year-old Brunel “[procured] more than a thousand women and girls for Epstein to sleep with,” the Daily Mail reported, adding that the accused “was awaiting trial in France for raping minors.”
Brunel allegedly died by hanging himself.
“Video cameras were not running at the time he died in the cell he shared with another inmate,” the Mail reported.
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“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,” the report detailed. “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,” an investigating source said. “A judicial enquiry has been launched, and early evidence points to suicide.”
In August 2019, Epstein hanged himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, the office of the New York City Chief Medical Examiner concluded.
“Initial autopsy reports that revealed Epstein broke several bones in his neck, including his hyoid, a U-shaped bone in the front and middle of the neck, led conspiracists to suspect foul play,” Business Insider reported. “The bone can be broken during suicide by hanging, but is more commonly associated with strangulation, although medical experts and the coroner who oversaw Epstein’s autopsy say he died by suicide.”
The report added: “Specifically, Epstein knelt on the floor of his cell with the bed sheet around his neck and used it to hang himself while the two guards tasked with overseeing him supposedly slept, The New York Times reported. Epstein was found unconscious at around 6:30 AM, after three hours of not being checked on.”
A jury reached a guilty verdict in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, in December.
“The jury found Maxwell guilty on five of six counts … including conspiracy to entice individuals under 17 to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in ‘illegal sexual activity,’ conspiracy to transport individuals under 17 to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in ‘illegal sexual activity,’ transportation of an individual under 17 with intent to engage in ‘illegal sexual activity,’ conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of individuals under 18, and sex trafficking of an individual under 18,” The Daily Wire reported.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to all counts and has yet to be sentenced. She is facing up to 70 years in prison.