The Paris prosecutor's office on Friday opened an investigation into "rape" and "sexual assault," particularly on minors, in the Jeffrey Epstein case, prosecutor Remy Heitz said.

The investigations, entrusted to the Central Office for the Repression of Violence against Persons, will aim to uncover possible offenses committed not only on the national territory, but also abroad to the prejudice of French victims or to against authors of French nationality, "said the prosecutor in a statement.

"Several victims" French

Upon the arrest of the American financier, the French association Innocence in danger had alerted the prosecution. "From a reliable source, Innocence in danger has been confirmed recently that several victims of the prostitutional network, created by Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplices, are also of French nationality" wrote the association to the public prosecutor of Paris on Monday, August 12th.

The association announced Thursday, August 22 that it held "ten testimonies", "mainly victims," ​​concerning acts related to the case Jeffrey Epstein "committed on French soil," according to President Homayra Sellier.

As "surprise birthday gift"

The prosecution made this decision after carrying out "checks and cross-checks on the basis of the elements" that had been transmitted to it and having had "exchanges" with the competent US authorities, the statement said.

In a testimony dating from 2011 but recently made public in the United States, a complainant also accused the financier and jet-setter of abusing very young French women who had been sent to her as a "surprise birthday present".

According to Anglo-Saxon media, she also assured that these girls had been sent to the United States by a former close friend of Epstein, the French Jean-Luc Brunel, founder of modeling agencies Karin Models and MC2 Model Management.

Sexual crimes on minors

The American businessman was accused of organizing a network of exploitation of girls and sexual assault on minors. Already convicted in the United States in 2008, he avoided a trial and was sentenced to 13 months in prison thanks to a plea bargain.

He was arrested again on 6 July 2019 and charged with sexual exploitation of minors. The facts alleged against him date from the period from 2002 to 2005, at least.

According to the indictment, he allegedly "brought minors (some 40 and some 14 years old) to his residences in Manhattan and Palm Beach (Florida) and on an island in the Caribbean to engage in sexual acts with him. him, after which he gave them hundreds of dollars in cash. "

He was found dead on August 10 in his New York cell, the results of the autopsy confirming a suicide by hanging.

Kate White for DayNewsWorld