• Brunel has been accused of sexual assault, rape, and of procuring girls for Epstein, accusations he denies.
  • A Treasury spokesperson said in a statement that it was "not clear" how Mnuchin wound up being listed in the role of point of contact, and said Mnuchin did not recall ever meeting either Brunel brother and had not done business with either.
  • Mnuchin is not the only member of the Trump administration with links to Epstein's circle.
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A new link has emerged between a member of the Trump administration and the circle of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

According to The Daily Beast , Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's name appears on legal documents for a company co-owned by Jean Luc Brunel, a friend and associate of Jeffrey Epstein.

Brunel is a French modelling scout, whom one of Epstein's most prominent accusers, Virginia Giuffre, has accused of rape and of procuring girls for Epstein. Brunel strongly denies the allegations.

Accusations of sexual misconduct against Brunel date back several decades, but he has never been prosecuted.

He told the Guardian in 2015 "I strongly deny having committed any illicit act or any wrongdoing in the course of my work as a scouter or model agencies manager."

In September, two French women came forward with new accusations against Brunel, whom they accused of sexual assault and of procuring girls for Epstein, French investigative authorities told the UK's Daily Telegraph.

Brunel reportedly disappeared from public view after Epstein's death in August.

On the official documents, the Beast says that Mnuchin is listed as "state point of contact" for Brunel's Next Management Corporation, a company he formed in 1988 with his brother.

A state point of contact is responsible for liaising between a company and the New York Department of State, filing legal documents and receiving lawsuits and other legal information on a company's behalf.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS
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The Treasury pushed back against the apparent connection between Mnuchin and the company, which it described as erroneous. In a statement to MailOnline , Treasury spokeswoman Monica Crowley said:

"Secretary Mnuchin never served in any official capacity in Next Management Corporation, never did any business with nor knows either of the Brunel brothers, and never had any ownership stake in Next Management Corporation or any related entities."

"Secretary Mnuchin had no knowledge whatsoever that he was listed as a point of contactat an address he's not familiar with for a company that he's had no dealings with. That listing was clearly an error."

A Treasury spokesperson confirmed to the Beast that Mnuchin is a friend of Faith Kates, who co-founded a separate company, Next Modelling Agency, alongside Brunel and his brother.

Next Management Corp. reportedly owned a 25% stake in Next Modelling Agency.

"Ms. Kates was never involved with Next Management Corp. in any way," a spokesperson told the Beast.

"Given that, she never designated anyone, including Sec. Mnuchin, to be a DOS process or any officer or director of Next Management Corp."

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Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a New York jail cell in August after his arrest on sex trafficking charges.

In the decades before his arrest he cultivated friends, allies and contacts in elite circles.

President Donald Trump himself attended social events with Epstein in New York and Florida years before launching his political career.

A video emerged in earlier this year showing the two partying with cheerleaders at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in 1992. Trump was also a guest on Epstein's private plane.

In a 2002 interview with a New York magazine journalist, Trump said of Epstein "he's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

The president has denied knowing anything about Epstein's criminal activities, and no credible evidence has emerged linking any member of Trump's cabinet to criminal activity by Epstein or his associates.

In June labour secretary Alexander Acosta was forced to resign after questions about his history as a district attorney in Florida, where Epstein was given a plea deal in the 2000s. It emerged that Acosta agreed to a plea deal brokered by Epstein's legal team that saw the former financier plead guilty to reduced charges.

Epstein served only 13 months in a Florida jail, which he was released from during the day to attend business.

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