Virginia Roberts, who also alleged that she was made to have sex with the Duke, said that she had similar experiences with Brunel. Prince Andrew previously denied ever meeting Roberts, but the two were photographed together whole Roberts was still a minor.
According to the Sun, French officials want to speak to the Duke as they investigate Epstein. While Prince Andrew previously said he would help authorities in a statement where he said he regretted his association with Epstein, he has not yet taken up that promise and is said to be avoiding US investigators. The Prince’s royal status can make it difficult for French authorities to summon him.
“We have issued numerous appeals for witnesses and Prince Andrew is clearly a witness to Epstein’s conduct over many years,” one source told the Sun.
“Beyond that Andrew is said to have visited Epstein’s home in Paris and had relations with the victims Brunel is accused of abusing.
“Andrew’s testament is crucial and he could of course be summoned.”
A lawyer for one of Brunel’s alleged victims said that “At long last another accused Epstein enabler is being brought to justice.”
“Prince Andrew — time to make good on your promise of co-operating with authorities, or you may be next.”
Prince Andrew denied being involved in Epstein’s sex ring, and claimed to have never met the women who came forward against him and a close source told the Sun that the Duke “has never met Brunel. No ifs, no buts.”
Brunel was charged with raping minors and sexual harassment, which could result in a life sentence.
Brunel denied all of the allegations but prosecutors claim that his agency, MC2 was actually a coverup for a sex trafficking ring ran by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. He is accused of trafficking girls to Epstein’s Little St James private island, which has been nicknamed “Paedo Island.”
On Friday, December 18, judges noticed Brunel of preliminary charges of raping girls between 15 and 18 years old, and was also “suspected of having organized the transport and lodging of girls or young women on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein.” The 74-year-old was placed on preliminary charges for allegedly sexually harassing a 16-year-old girl.
Brunel was arrested on Wednesday, December 16 at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris as he attempted to board to flight to Senegal. Sources claim that Brunel wanted to leave France to keep a low-profile in Africa.
Allegations against Brunel have dated back to 1888 when several models accused him of sexual abuse on a TV documentary but nothing came of the claims.
Meanwhile, as Ghislaine awaits her 2021 trail for her involvement with Epstein’s sex ring, the socialite was pictured with Brunel on Little St. James in 2003, and Brunel was said to have been a passenger on Epstein’s private jet at least 25 times. Maxwell has been putting together a bail bid in prison to be home for the holidays and still claims to be innocent.