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French former Epstein employee found dead in Paris cell

A prominent French modeling agent who was a former close associate of disgraced American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his Paris prison cell, prosecutors said Saturday.

Epstein, who was arrested in New York in July 2019 on charges of trafficking underage girls for sex, was found hanged the following month in his New York jail cell awaiting trial for abuse involving girls at his Palm home. Beach and on his private island in the Caribbean.

His former associate Jean-Luc Brunel, in his mid-70s, had been charged with the rape of minors and had been in prison since December 2020.

A source close to the investigation told AFP he was found dead from Friday to Saturday. Paris prosecutors later confirmed that he had died.

Police are now investigating the cause of death, the source added, who asked not to be named. Due to Brunel’s death, his case is now closed, unless other suspects are involved in the same case in the future.

Brunel had denied the charges against him.

His ownership of an apartment in an upscale Parisian neighborhood and allegations of women who say they were abused in France prompted French prosecutors to open their own investigation.

That investigation focused on Brunel, who was accused in US court documents of raping and buying young girls for his friend.

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