http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/02/prince-andrew-named-us-lawsuit-underage-sex-allegationsA woman who claims that an American investment banker loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave” has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew.
The accusation against the Duke of York is contained in a motion filed in a Florida court this week in connection with a long-running lawsuit brought by women who say they were exploited by Jeffrey Epstein, a multi-millionaire convicted of soliciting sex with an underage girl after a plea deal.
I did a search for Virginia Roberts (the accuser) and Prince Andrew and found nothing. Apologies if it's already posted. It's been big news over here and I presumed it would already be posted. This woman is saying she met the Queen twice. That's being strongly denied, and Prince Andrew's camp are issuing denials, but there's at least one photo of them together with Robert Maxwell's daughter Ghislaine in the background.
Jeffrey Epstein is accused of organising meetings between them and is himself being sued by at least forty women for sexually abusing them as teens. He picked on girls from deprived areas and offered them money for sexual favours. Even after his release from his woefully short sentence for sex abuse Andrew was still seen walking with him in public.
There was one name in Roberts’ court filing that escaped the public attention heaped on others: Jean Luc Brunel.
Brunel, who is French and in his 60s, is the co-founder of of MC2 Model Management, a Miami-based modelling agency with offices in New York and Tel Aviv. A well-known model scout since the 1970s, Brunel is credited with launching the careers of Milla Jovovich, Christy Turlington and Sharon Stone.
But his career has sometimes been marred by controversy. A CBS 60 Minutes documentary once accused Brunel of sexually exploiting young women, an allegation he denied.
But Brunel’s close friendship with Epstein has never been in doubt. The model scout’s name appears frequently in the flight logs kept for Epstein’s private jets and prison records show he visited Epstein 67 times when he was in jail.
The 30 December court filing relaying Roberts’ allegations, however, went further than the innuendo that has occasionally surrounded Brunel’s friendship with Epstein. It explicitly alleged that Epstein was effectively exploiting Brunel’s access to young women for the purposes of sex trafficking.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/10/jeffrey-epstein-decade-scandal-prince-andrew“He would bring young girls (ranging to ages as young as twelve) to the United States for sexual purposes and farm them out to his friends, especially Epstein,” the filing states. “Brunel would offer the girls ‘modeling’ jobs. Many of the girls came from poor countries or impoverished backgrounds, and he lured them in with a promise of making good money.”
Roberts alleged she was forced to have sex with Brunel, too, and was made to “observe” the French model scout engaging in “sexual acts with dozens of underage girls”.
The Guardian made repeated attempts to contact Brunel to afford him the opportunity to respond to the allegations of impropriety, including those contained in the 30 December court filing. He did not respond.
There are loads of articles in The Guardian about the people involved. I read that the prosecutors have also been named in the lawsuit.