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Jean-Luc Brunel, a longtime French modeling agent, was found dead in his cell on Feb. 18, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
Brunel, 76, was detained in December 2020 as part of an inquiry into allegations of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.
The investigation, opened in August 2019, was a preliminary inquiry into whether late financier and convicted American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had committed sex crimes on French territory or against French victims.
Brunel, who had founded a U.S. modeling management company with Epstein but denied any wrongdoing related to his association with him, was charged with sexual harassment and rape of minors.
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