Prince Andrew faces new storm after jail cell suicide of Jeffrey Epstein’s paedo pal Jean-Luc Brunel


PRINCE Andrew faced a new storm yesterday after the jail cell suicide of a paedo pal of Jeffrey Epstein.

Jean-Luc Brunel, 75 — accused by abuse victim Virginia Giuffre of supplying girls to the Duke — was found hanged in Paris.

Jean-Luc Brunel, pictured with Ghislaine Maxwell, was found hanged in Paris
Brunel was accused by abuse victim Virginia Giuffre of supplying girls to the Duke

Andrew immediately faced calls to stand by his vow to help sex-trafficking victims by talking to investigators.

The death — which mirrored Epstein’s in 2019 — came on Andrew’s 62nd birthday and days after his £12million settlement of Virginia’s sex abuse legal claim.

One Brunel victim, former model Courtney Powell Soerensen, said: “It is past time for Prince Andrew to step up and provide justice for those denied the opportunity by Brunel and Epstein’s deaths. 

“If he truly means what he said in his settlement statement, he should speak openly with all authorities about what he knows.”

Part of Andrew’s statement said: “He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex-trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”

French modelling agent Brunel was found dead at 1am.

Sources said he was in a single-occupancy cell, most of which do not have CCTV for privacy reasons.

Virginia had tweeted after his arrest in December 2020: “Are you sweating yet Prince Andrew? You should be! Your buddy Jean Luc Brunel is behind bars — remember those girls he supplied to you on the island.”

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She was referring to billionaire Epstein’s Caribbean private resort Little St James.

French investigators wanted to quiz Andrew after Brunel — who denied wrongdoing — was charged in 2020 with rape of minors and sexual harassment by anti-paedo cops probing Epstein.

Last night a brother of Epstein’s jailed associate Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, said he “fears for her safety” following Brunel’s death.

The British socialite was convicted in the US last year of sex trafficking  and awaits her sentence.

Ian Maxwell told the New York Post: “Another death by hanging in a high-security prison. My reaction is one of shock and bewilderment.”

Andrew has always vehemently denied wrongdoing. In 2020 a source close to him insisted: “He has never met Brunel. No ifs, no buts.”

Maxwell, Epstein and Brunel on the financier’s private jet
The death came days after Andrew’s £12million settlement of Virginia’s sex abuse legal claim
The Duke immediately faced calls to come good on his vow to help sex trafficking victims by talking to investigators