Epstein’s closest ally accused of raping and drugging underage girls
Documents unsealed last week in a New York court detail the friendship between accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and model scout Jean-Luc Brunel. The documents reveal a history of Brunel allegedly acting as a recruiter of underage girls for Epstein and his inner circle.
Brunel, 72, has long been under suspicion of misconduct.
“I strongly deny having committed any illicit act or any wrongdoing in the course of my work as a scouter or model agencies manager,” Brunel said in 2015. “I have exercised with the utmost ethical standard for almost 40 years.”
However, documents filed in the case against Jeffrey Epstein, who died earlier this month by suicide, suggest that Brunel was an active participant in the alleged exploitation of underage girls. Brunel appears over two dozen times in flight logs released by the court that detail trips taken on Epstein’s private jet, often in the company of young women.
“A lot of the girls came from poor countries or poor backgrounds, and he lured them in with a promise of making good money,” said Virginia Giuffre, who reignited the case against Epstein earlier this year, in a 2015 statement. “Jeffrey Epstein has told me that he has slept with over 1,000 of Brunel’s girls, and everything that I have seen confirms this claim.”
“My assumption was that Jean-Luc Brunel got the girls from Eastern Europe (as he procured many young foreign girls for Epstein),” Giuffre also said. “They were young and European looking and sounding.”
Though rumors of Brunel’s involvement in sex trafficking and preying on underage girls have swirled for years, no charges have been filed against him. The documents released prior to Epstein’s death include notes of Brunel’s involvement, however.
“He has a teacher for you to teach you how to speak Russian,” says one note from an Epstein employee dated from 2005. “She is 2 X 8  years old not blonde. Lessons are free and you can have 1st today if you call.”
The documents also reveal that Brunel was a frequent visitor of Epstein while he was in prison and on house arrest in Florida in previous years.
“My sense, based upon the allegations, is that Jean-Luc was a predator, his group was a predator, and they used their tools of power and leverage to force sex from women who otherwise might not be willing to engage in it,” reporter Craig Pyes stated to the Daily Beast.
Brunel filed suit against Epstein in 2015 claiming that the financier had caused him personal and professional damage through allegations of sexual misconduct.
Dutch model Thysia Huisman alleged this week that Brunel had drugged her when she was a teenager in Paris. She described feeling incapacitated after drinking a beverage prepared by Brunel.
“I remember he was on me, I tried to push him away and the noise when he ripped my clothes,” she said. “Then it’s the black hole. I woke up in bed. I was totally disoriented. I went to collect my belongings in the room where I slept and I went directly to the station to leave Paris.”
Culled Washington Examiner.