Brunel was found alone, hanged with a bed sheet, in his cell at the Santé prison in the French capital at around 1:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, the prosecutor’s office told CNN. .
It will not comment on whether Brunel committed suicide, adding an investigation into the cause of death has been opened, “as it was done systematically in these circumstances”, handing over to police. French justice.
Brunel’s French lawyers told CNN that their client “decided not out of guilt but with a sense of injustice.”
“Jean-Luc Brunel has repeatedly claimed his innocence. He has redoubled his efforts to prove it. A judge released him a few months ago, and he was subsequently re-incarcerated under unspecified conditions,” a statement sent to CNN by his attorneys Mathias Chichportich, Marianne Abgrall and Christophe Ingrain read.
The prosecutor’s office confirmed: Allegedly raped by several former top models, which he has denied, the 75-year-old was brought into formal investigation in France at the end of June 2021. for “rape of a minor over the age of 15”.
Brunel was arrested in December 2020 on charges of “rape and sexual assault, rape and sexual assault of a minor under the age of 15, rape and sexual assault of a minor over 15 years of age , sexual harassment, criminal association and human trafficking to harm juvenile victims for the purposes of sexual exploitation. “
He was released under judicial supervision for a few days in November 2021, before being sent back to prison by decision of the Paris Court of Appeal. He appealed the decision as the prosecution prepared the case.
Brunel’s arrest was part of a 2019 investigation by French prosecutors, which targeted “acts of a sexual nature that may have been committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his possible accomplices. performed”, based on checks and cross-examinations carried out on the basis of information provided to the Paris prosecutor’s office and exchanges with US authorities.
According to CNN.
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