One of Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time friends, infamous millionaire Jean-Luc Brunel, was found dead in his jail cell on Monday morning, according to a prosecutor’s office official in Paris.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, the prosecutor’s office notified CNN that Brunel had been found hanging from his cell door at the Santé prison in Paris, where he had been held for more than two years. However, it did not comment on whether Brunel committed suicide, only stating that an inquiry into the cause of death has been launched, “as it is systematically done in these cases,” and that the probe has been assigned to the French judicial police.
“Jean-Luc Brunel has maintained his innocence throughout the years. He has increased the number of attempts he is putting in to show it. He had been released by a judge a few months before, but he was subsequently re-incarcerated in inhumane conditions, according to reports “His attorneys, Mathias Chichportich, Marianne Abgrall, and Christophe Ingrain, wrote a statement to CNN, which read in part: Evidently, his attorneys did not pause to consider the implications of their client’s comments.
If the judge’s decision to let him go (for a few days) was a sign of the judge’s trust in his innocence, what does that indicate about the judge’s decision to reincarcerate him after that?
Following accusations of rape by many prior top models, which he denied, the 75-year-old man was placed under formal investigation in France in late June 2021 for “rape of a minor over 15,” according to the prosecutor’s office.
Brunel was arrested at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in December 2020 on a myriad of sexually preditory charges includeing:
rape and sexual assault
rape and sexual assault on a minor under 15
rape and sexual assault on a minor over 15
Following an appeals court judgment in Paris in November 2021, he was remanded to jail for the remainder of the year. As the prosecution was putting up its case, he filed an appeal.
On the basis of information provided to the office of the Paris public prosecutor and communications with U.S. authorities, French prosecutors launched an investigation in 2019 into “acts of sexual nature likely to have been committed by Jeffrey Epstein and possible accomplices,” This led to Brunel’s arrest.
On August 10, 2019, Epstein was discovered dead in his jail cell in the United States. He was awaiting trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, after pleading not guilty to federal charges accusing him of operating a sex trafficking ring from 2002 to 2005 at his Manhattan mansion and his Palm Beach estate, and allegedly paying girls as young as 14 for sex. That said, even with that, typically innocent people do not hang themselves.
There was a ton of evidence which pointed to him being guilty and his accomplice was found guilty which was something we covered here.
A coroner’s inquest determined that he committed suicide by hanging.