A key insider and potential witness, who at one point may have been a close confidante of billionaire pervert Jeffrey Epstein, has gone missing without a trace.
Modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, 72, is being sought by authorities in his native France over his links to Epstein in connection with their own investigation into the predator.
But here’s the problem — no one can find him.
“He is a ghost who has disappeared without trace,” a source told Britain’s Mirror newspaper. “There is no address for him, all his internet accounts, including social media, have been wiped out. He is uncontactable.”
You can view a photo of him below provided by a Twitter user who claimed she was a photographer at Brunel’s apartment:
Since this was screenshot last night, I own the copyright to this photo, as I'm the photographer. I lived at the apartment of Jean Luc Brunel for a year in the 80s. I'm a former model. My story will be told eventually. pic.twitter.com/KhWortQIzN
— Yodelingfish (@yodelingfish) August 30, 2019
Brunel has not been accused of crimes in the United States or France.
But investigators want to talk to him – and find out what he knows and what, if anything, he did for Epstein, the convicted abuser who was arrested again over the summer and accused of sexually abusing dozens of young girls.
Or if he could be a witness for further prosecutions.
In addition to his own heinous crimes, Epstein is believe to have facilitated the abuse of young women by some of the world’s wealthiest elites.
An Epstein trial could have revealed those names and brought them to justice. However, Epstein died in a New York jail last month of an apparent suicide clouded in mystery due to a series of bizarre irregularities.
He had only days earlier been on suicide watch, after possibly attempting to take his own life at least once before. While he was taken off suicide watch – for reasons no one has been able to justify – he was one of the highest-profile prisoners in the nation and no doubt should have been under observation.
Instead, the two guards on duty allegedly both fell asleep for hours, according to the New York Times, which said they then falsified their records to cover it up.
Making matters even more mysterious, prison officials say footage from a camera outside his cell is “unusable.”
Now, it seems one of his close insiders and confidantes – a man who potentially could also have dirt on Epstein and those who were close to him – has gone missing.
They don’t even know what continent he’s on: The Mirror said the search covers the United States, Europe and Brazil.
Epstein before his death denied wrongdoing, although he was already a convicted sex offender. Brunel has also denied ever doing anything improper.
“I strongly deny having committed any illicit act or any wrongdoing in the course of my work as a scouter or model agencies manager,” he told the Guardian four years ago after several former models told the newspaper they were assaulted by him.
However, one lawsuit claims Epstein helped fund Brunel’s modeling agency in exchange for a “supply of girls on tap,” the New York Post reported.
USA Today said the suit states Brunel recruited girls as young as 14 for his agency, often luring them to the United States from overseas with the promise of modeling careers.
The two also have other unusual ties as Brunel has reportedly lived at some of the swank apartments owned by Epstein.
And when Epstein spent 13 months in jail in 2008 – part of a much-criticized sweetheart deal with prosecutors – Brunel was a visitor, according to the Daily Beast, which reported that he continued to live at a property owned by the financier during that time.
Since then, the two reportedly had a falling-out and in 2015 he sued Epstein, claiming the growing allegations against the billionaire were hurting him and his business.
“Plaintiff Brunel’s agency MC2 has lost millions of dollars in revenue since the media revealed that Plaintiffs and Epstein were associated,” the lawsuit says. It seeks compensation for loss of business and for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
It’s not clear how or the suit was resolved.
— Walter W. Murray is a reporter for The Horn News. He is an outspoken conservative and a survival expert, and is the author of “America’s Final Warning.”