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Inquiry will focus on crimes against French victims and perpetrators, and potential charges could include rape and sexual assault of minors
Investigators are likely to be asking questions about French modelling tycoon Jean-Luc Brunel, a close friend of the late US financier
“The investigations … will focus on potential crimes against French victims committed on national territory as well as abroad, and on perpetrators who are French citizens,” Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz said in a statement.
It will also investigate claims Epstein and others took part for years in a vast child sex trafficking ring.
Earlier this week, Innocence in Danger, a French charity working to protect children against sexual violence, said it had collected 10 witness statements involving alleged sexual crimes involving minors that took place in France.
Like various other former allies of the late businessman, Brunel has not been heard of since Epstein was charged in early July.
Earlier this month, Innocence in Danger urged French investigators to “shed light on” what went on behind the walls of Epstein’s Paris apartment, where Brunel was a regular visitor.
“The verifications and cross-checking undertaken on the basis of elements submitted to prosecutors and exchanges with the American authorities in the context of the Epstein affair have prompted the Paris prosecutor’s office to open a preliminary inquiry,” Friday’s statement said.
originally posted by: tiredoflooking
I just wish Trump would stop calling Wikileaks a hoax.
He's done it twice now.