Jean-Luc Brunel, 72, has vanished as police seek to ask the Frenchman ‘urgent’ questions about the paedophile.
Investigators are making enquiries in Brazil, the US and Europe and French prosecutors are also pursuing claims relating to the financier, who died aged 66 before he could face the latest allegations.
A friend of Prince Andrew, predator Epstein killed himself in jail on August 10 as he faced child sex trafficking charges.
Brunel – who founded New York’s MC2 – denies any involvement with crimes committed by Epstein.
A Paris legal source told the Daily Mirror: ‘He is a ghost who has disappeared without trace.’
Here’s the latest Epstein news via Reuters:
“A federal judge on Thursday formally dismissed the criminal sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein, as prosecutors continue to investigate whether co-conspirators helped the financier before his death this month.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman‘s order came two days after he said at a hearing that he was legally bound to dismiss the case. Prosecutors said at the Tuesday hearing that an investigation into Epstein’s alleged crimes would continue, and that the dismissal would not prevent them from charging possible co-conspirators in the future.
Epstein’s lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday. A spokeswoman for prosecutors declined to comment.
Epstein, a wealthy 66-year-old money manager who once counted former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges involving dozens of girls as young as 14.
He was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell on Aug. 10, having been previously taken off suicide watch. A New York City medical examiner concluded that he had died of suicide by hanging.
Epstein’s lawyers said at Tuesday’s hearing that they had doubts about the examiner’s conclusion. The FBI is examining two cameras outside the cell that malfunctioned, a law enforcement source has told Reuters.
A source earlier told Reuters two jail guards had failed to follow a procedure overnight to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes.
Tuesday’s hearing featured emotional testimony from 16 women who said Epstein had abused them, many of whom lamented that he would never face justice in court.”
Reuters contributed to this report.