Inquiry opened last month after US police found links to sex-trafficking claims in France
French police have searched the Paris apartment of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the offices of a model agency belonging to his alleged associate Jean-Luc Brunel, himself accused of rape and of procuring minors for his friend.
The Paris prosecutors office confirmed that investigators had carried out searches at Brunels Karin Models in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and at Epsteins luxury 800 sq metre apartment on the exclusive Avenue Foch near the Arc de Triomphe.
Police sources told local media the search of the late US financiers residence, part of a French probe into allegations that he and others had for years trafficked underage girls for sex, began at 3pm on Monday and continued until 4am on Tuesday.
Epsteins Franco-Brazilian butler told the Franceinfo news site that the apartment contained a specially built massage room to which a great many women had come. He added that he was not able to judge whether any of them were minors.