Who is Jean-Luc Brunel? Jean-Luc Brunel Bio/Wiki
Jean-Luc Brunel is a former modeling agency manager and a French model scout. By leading the modeling agency Karin Models, he gained notoriety and founded MC2 Model Management, which had offices in New York, Miami, and Tel Aviv with funding from Jeffrey Epstein. He was born in 1946 in Paris, France.
Brunel has faced sexual harassment charges spanning three decades as the focus of a 60 Minutes report in 1988.
For his connections to Epstein, with whom he served from the early 2000s to 2015, Brunel has come under intense scrutiny. Brunel has been accused of hiring young women and of engaging in Epstein’s suspected se* ring.
In 2019, following Epstein’s murder, the French National Police opened an investigation into Brunel after he went into hiding. On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, he was detained by the French on Epstein Investigation.
#JeanLucBrunel these are the very serious charges for which he was taken into custody yesterday
– rape and sexual assault.
– rape and sexual assault on a 15-year-old minor.
– rape and sexual assault on minors over 15 years old.
– sexual harassment
– Human trafficking pic.twitter.com/do5qC6uUHA
— La French ConAction..🇫🇷 (@LFConaction) December 17, 2020
He is 74 years old.
In the late 1970s, Brunel started his career working as a modeling scout for Karin Mossberg’s Paris agency, Karin Models. He became the director of Karin Models in 1978.
In 1988, Next Management Corporation was founded by Jean-Luc Brunel and his brother, Arnaud Brunel. In 1989, the global modeling agency Next Management Company was founded by the Brunel brothers and Faith Kates. Kates held a controlling interest in the business with a minority stake of 25 percent owned by the Brunel brother’s Next Management Corp.
American Photo announced that with the Miami models, Brunel broke off from Next Management Company in April 1996. The Brunel brothers were sued in 1996 by Next Management Firm.
In 2019, in New York and 1Mother Agency in Kyiv, Ukraine, it was announced that Brunel helped create The Identity Models. On September 27, 2019, MC2 was dissolved.
Arrested in France Full Details
On 16 December 2020, as he was about to board a flight to Dakar, in Senegal, Brunel was intercepted by police at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. He was then placed for questioning under ‘garde à vue’ detention.
He is being held in connection with rape, sexual harassment, criminal conspiracy, and trafficking in human beings, and minors are implicated in all the charges. In interviews with French prosecutors, Thysia Huisman was a former Dutch model and one of many women who accused Brunel of sexual harassment. When she heard of his arrest, the Associated Press reported, she cried “tears of joy.” Huisman revealed to police that when she was 18 years old, Brunel drugged her and raped her in 1991.
Jean-Luc Brunel, Alleged Procurer of Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims, Arrested on Human Trafficking Charges https://t.co/imr02lqept
— MSN (@MSN) December 17, 2020
While she acknowledges that Brunel is technically liable for the statute of limitations, she hoped that talking to authorities would inspire others to come forward.
Since an investigation began in August last year the French police have been seeking him. In September 2019, a call for witnesses saw multiple former models coming forward with reports of suspected assaults spanning three decades.
In July this year as part of a sex-trafficking ring allegedly operated by Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell was charged by New York federal prosecutors with helping hire, groom, and potentially sexually assault minors as young as 14.