Jeffrey Epstein’s death in prison left the world wondering if the victims he’s accused of abusing and trafficking would ever see justice, and whether the network of powerful men he’s accused of supplying with underage girls would ever face consequences. Now a second associate of his has been arrested.
In July, Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein who reportedly help collect and groom underage girls for abuse, was arrested and charged with sex trafficking. She pled not guilty, and awaits trial. Despite her plea, her case going to trial renews hopes that there could be justice for some victims, and that more of Epstein’s associates could be revealed, along with his reported list of clients.
Now another person associated with Epstein has been arrested. According to the Guardian, Jean-Luc Brunel has been arrested in France on charges of sex trafficking. He’s the head of a modeling agency and has been suspected of supplying girls to Epstein. His legal representation isn’t providing a public statement at this point, but Paris prosecutors confirmed that he was arrested as part of an investigation opened last August, into “events of a sexual nature thought to have been committed by Jeffrey Epstein and other accomplices.”
Donald Trump, who has attempted to downplay his own connections with Epstein, despite being accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1994 at Epstein’s property, as mentioned in a PBS piece listing all the sexual assault allegations against Trump. When asked about Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest, Trump publicly wished her well. However, he has as yet made no public statement on the arrest of Brunel.
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