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Historic 17th-century Dutch shipwreck discovered near South African beach

Archaeologists in South Africa have found the long-lost wreck of a Dutch merchant ship that played a crucial role in the country’s colonial history.

The Dutch East India Company vessel “Haarlem” or “Nieuw Haarlem,” wrecked in Table Bay on the evening of March 25, 1647.  The African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research Exploration and Education (AIMURE) explains that, while 58 people traveling on the ship were taken back to Europe by other merchant vessels, 62 were left behind to salvage as much of the ship’s cargo as possible.

The salvagers built a makeshift camp dubbed “Fort Zandenburch,” which they lived in for about a year after the shipwreck. They also came into contact with local indigenous people.

STUNNINGLY WELL PRESERVED 500-YEAR-OLD COLUMBUS-ERA SHIPWRECK REVEALED: ‘IT’S ALMOST LIKE IT SANK YESTERDAY

When they returned to the Dutch Republic, the management of the Dutch East India Company decided to establish a “stopover for ships” at the location where they founded their camp. Informally known as the “Tavern of the Seas,” this eventually became the modern city of Cape Town.

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Briege Williams of the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) inspecting an object found in the search for the ‘Haarlem’ wreck. (©AIMURE/Bruno Werz)

After a 20-year search, archaeologists have now found what they believe is the wreck site off the Cape Town suburb of Table View. Located below about 6.6 feet of water, the wrecagek is about 10 to 13 feet below the sea bed, according to AIMURE.

Archaeologists have been working to find the wreck site since 1989 and have now found what they believe is the ship’s final resting place.

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER 60 ANCIENT SHIPWRECKS IN THE BLACK SEA

Citing a journal entry kept by a merchant traveling on the “Haarlem,” historic charts, geophysical surveys and test excavations, the archaeologists are “95 percent” confident that the wreck site has been found. “The ultimate proof will be the discovery of 19 iron cannon and 4 iron anchors, as it has been recorded that these items were left behind when the wreck was abandoned,” explained AIMURE, in a statement.  

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Test excavations in the search for the ‘Haarlem’, with Table Bay and Table Mountain in the background. (©AIMURE/Bruno Werz)

“No shipping disaster world-wide had ever such an impact on the history of an entire nation,” added AIMURE CEO Bruno Werz, in a statement emailed to Fox News. “The wrecking of ‘Haarlem’ can be regarded as the catalyst that created not only Cape Town, but also the roots of current multiracial and multicultural South African society.”

Oher shipwrecks have also been revealing their secrets. Maritime archaeologists, for example, used underwater drones to reveal the remains of an incredibly well-preserved 500-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic.

STUNNING CARGO-LADEN ANCIENT SHIPWRECKS DISCOVERED OFF GREEK ISLAND

Dating back to the late 15th century or early 16th century, the mysterious ship was first spotted by the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) in 2009. Earlier this year, a closer analysis of the wreck was done by maritime survey specialists MMT, who were amazed by its level of preservation.

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Fragment of a metal composite plate excavated on Sept. 9, 2018. It consists of a layer of copper, backed by a layer of lead. Historical information indicates that the stern post and rudder of Dutch East India Company ships like ‘Haarlem’ used plates such as this. (©AIMURE/Bruno Werz) 

In another project, five cargo-laden ancient shipwrecks were recently discovered off a small Greek island.

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File image of a Dutch East India Company galleon. (Photo by: Leemage/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

On July 18, a mysterious shipwreck was discovered off the east coast of the U.S., which experts say may be the remains of a World War II-era cargo ship.

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Weight Watchers under fire for children’s weight loss app that critics say promotes eating disorders

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Weight Watchers came under fire this month after releasing a weight loss app for children and young teens that critics says encourages eating disorders.

WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, released the Kurbo App on August 13 and described the program as “a scientifically-proven behavior change program designed to help kids and teens ages 8-17 reach a healthier weight,” according to a press release.

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The wellness organization said that it built the app based on Stanford University’s Pediatric Weight Control Program that helps youngsters to “make lifestyle changes while receiving guidance around sustainable healthy eating, physical activity and mindfulness habits.”

However, parents are firing back saying that the app encourages young people to develop eating disorders early on.

A petition to pull the app was created on Change.org and has received more than 82,000 signatures.

“At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.,” the petition read. “Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder. This app will literally kill people.”

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The petition argued that the app promotes an environment that facilities the development of eating disorders citing “adolescence [as] a critical period of development and a window of vulnerability.”

The petition’s organizers call WW’s decision to launch the app “dangerous, irresponsible and immoral.”

WW did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

In a press release about the app, Gary Foster, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at WW, said the app helps target “the prevalent public health problem of childhood obesity.”

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“Alongside a distinguished group of leaders in pediatric health and nutrition, we’ve carefully developed this platform to be holistic, rewarding and inspirational so kids, teens and families get the tools and guidance they need to manage their environment and build and sustain healthy habits,” he said.

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SI Swimsuit model Emily DiDonato says she lost 20 pounds after modeling agencies told her she was ‘too curvy’

Emily DiDonato admitted loving her body wasn’t always easy.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, who has made her mark on numerous fashion runways, opened up about her struggles with body acceptance in a YouTube video she recently uploaded.

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According to the 28-year-old, she moved to New York City in hopes of pursuing a career in modeling. However, agencies were quick to tell her she was “too curvy, too big and too athletic.”

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Model Emily DiDonato attends the New York special screening of “The September Issue” at The Museum of Modern Art on August 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Vogue Magazine)

“To me, to be successful, is to be thin,” said DiDonato of her 18-year-old mindset.

“So I am going to do whatever it takes, and I did,” she continued. “I was eating as little as possible, I was very obsessed with what I was putting in my body and I was over-exercising.”

DiDonato was so determined to shed the pounds that she ditched taxis and public transportation and walked everywhere. According to the model, she went from 140 lbs. to 118 lbs. in just a few weeks. Still, DiDonato suffered from depression.

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“I was lonely,” she admitted. “I was homesick. I missed my friends. I didn’t know what I was doing in this big city. I didn’t know anyone.”

And even after losing more than 20 lbs., DiDonato still received negative feedback from agencies. This time, they told her “she looked better before” and “she doesn’t look super healthy.”

“Well, duh,” said DiDonato.

The star shared that it was her loved ones reaching out and expressing their concern for her health that inspired her to stop dieting. DiDonato gained the weight back “and then some.”

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But that didn’t make her happy either.

According to DiDonato, she still didn’t like the way she looked. Instead, she felt “really embarrassed” that she was “failing” her agencies. She also resorted to wearing baggy clothes to hide her body.

Despite her insecurities, DiDonato decided to audition for the highly coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. While DiDonato booked the gig, she was unhappy with the final snaps because she felt “so big” and “so fat.”

But when then issue was finally released, everything changed.

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“I started working more than ever,” recalled DiDonato. “I felt free because there were pictures out there of what I actually looked like and what my body looked like. And Sports Illustrated was celebrating it enough to put it in their issue.

Since then, DiDonato has continued to model for SI and has landed multiple Vogue covers internationally. DiDonato’s career continues to flourish, but her path to self-acceptance is still a daily process.

“I catch myself still — and I would catch myself then — being like, ‘You’re fat, you’re disgusting, you don’t even look like a model, your legs are disgusting, what model looks like that, no one’s going to want to shoot me like this,’” said DiDonato.

But when she finds herself being tormented by negative thoughts she immediately “judo chops” them with positive comments.

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“Finding the self-love and loving the skin that I’m in took time and it took effort,” said DiDonato. “There’s nothing sexier than a woman who’s comfortable in her skin and her body. And that’s something that I’m working at every day.”

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NYC, 3 more states file lawsuit against Trump rules on immigrants receiving public aid

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Three more states and New York City on Tuesday became the latest to file a federal lawsuit contesting new Trump administration rules that would deny green cards to legal immigrants if they rely on public assistance.

New York State, along with Connecticut, Vermont and the nation’s largest city say the rules are illegal and antithetical to the nation’s values.

CALIFORNIA FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP’S ‘PUBLIC CHARGE’ IMMIGRATION RULE

“Generations of citizens landed on the welcoming shores of Ellis Island with nothing more than a dream in their pockets,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is leading the latest legal challenge to the president’s tough immigration policies. “The Trump administration’s thinly veiled efforts to only allow those who meet their narrow ethnic, racial and economic criteria to enter our nation is a clear violation of our laws and our values.”

More than 15 other states are separately challenging the rules on those seeking legal permanent status in the U.S. The rules would go into effect in October, but the legal challengers seek a nationwide injunction blocking enforcement until the cases are fully litigated.

“This rule will cover, for USCIS, almost 400,000 people a year, whose applications to become legal permanent residents will include a meaningful analysis of whether they’re likely to become a public charge or not,” said Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, in announcing the changes last week.

Under the new rules the federal government could deny green cards to legal immigrants using Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers; expand federal assistance programs that could disqualify immigrants and focus on immigrant skills rather than family reunification.

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It follows other states and localities suing over the rules, including California.

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Hong Kong British consulate employee detained in China; officials ‘extremely concerned’

British officials are “extremely concerned” after a consulate employee in Hong Kong disappeared several days ago after making a business trip to mainland China, where he was reportedly detained.

Simon Cheng Man-kit, 28, was reportedly detained after attempting to return to Hong Kong after he was last seen attending a business event in Shenzhen on Aug. 8, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement.

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It was unclear if Cheng, who worked as a trade and investment officer with the Scottish Development International section of the consulate, had a diplomatic passport, but detaining any person or staff member from a foreign consulate is considered extremely unorthodox.

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In this Sunday, July 7, 2019, photo, thousands of protesters carrying the British flag march near the harbor of Hong Kong. Hong Kong police on Tuesday confirmed it had received a report on Aug. 9, 2019, about a British foreign ministry employee who has been missing since crossing into China on a business trip. (AP)

“We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen,” said the statement, which was forwarded by the British Embassy in Beijing. “We are providing support to his family and seeking further information from authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong.”

While British officials, including the Scottish government, which said it was “concerned for Mr. Cheng’s welfare,” have acknowledged the disappearance, officials in China and Hong Kong are at odds over knowledge of the man’s status.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday that he was “not aware of that,” when asked about Cheng’s apparent detainment.

But Hong Kong police said officers were looking into the case after receiving a missing persons report on Aug. 9, adding that they could not disclose more details because of personal data protection rules.

However, Chief Superintendent Tse Chun-chung disputed those claims saying that Hong Kong police haven’t been notified about the case by mainland Chinese authorities under a mutual notification arrangement set up for such cases.

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Cheng, a permanent resident in Hong Kong, reportedly texted his girlfriend to “pray for me” as he was “passing through” Chinese immigration shortly before his disappearance, The Washington Post reported.

The official’s disappearance comes amid weeks of heated protest between mainland China and Hong Kong over a bitter dispute involving political reform and police brutality.

Meanwhile, hundreds of members of the People’s Armed Police, as well as paramilitary vehicles, have been photographed across the border at a Shenzhen soccer stadium. The stadium is just across a bridge that is one of the main access roads between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong was a British colony until it was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Russia resumes sharing radiation data following missile explosion, says they’re not obliged to do so

Russia has resumed sharing data from its radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, a nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday.

The mysterious accident at a naval weapons testing range on the White Sea in northwestern Russia earlier this month has been accompanied by changing or contradictory information from Russian authorities. That has led to speculation about what really happened in the town of and what type of weapon was involved.

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It has even raised comparisons to the Soviet Union’s 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the world’s worst nuclear disaster, when Soviet officials tried to cover up the news for days.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization said earlier this week that several Russian radiation monitoring stations went silent shortly after the reported explosion.

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This photo taken on Oct. 7, 2018, shows a village of Nyonoksa, northwestern Russia. The Aug. 8, 2019, explosion of a rocket engine at the Russian navy’s testing range just outside Nyonoksa led to a brief spike in radiation levels and raised new questions about prospective Russian weapons.  (AP)

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Lassina Zebro, the organization’s executive secretary, said Tuesday on Twitter that the two Russian stations that were reported to be offline are back in operation and they are now backfilling the data. He also lauded Moscow for “excellent cooperation.”

Russian officials earlier Tuesday brushed off suggestions that they were concealing details of the explosion from foreign nations.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency Tuesday that it is Russia’s choice, not an obligation, to share data under the treaty. He did not directly address the reports that information on radiation levels was not shared.

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India eyes Moon landing as Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft enters lunar orbit

India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has entered the Moon’s orbit, the country’s space agency announced Tuesday.

The unmanned spacecraft’s Vikram lander is expected to reach the lunar surface next month, taking India into an exclusive group of countries that have successfully landed on the Moon.

Chandrayaan will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 62 miles from the moon’s surface.

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The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts India’s first moon landing on a relatively flat surface between two craters in the south polar region on Sept. 7 — an area where no moon landing has been attempted before.

“Today (August 20, 2019) after the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI), #Chandrayaan2 is now in Lunar orbit. Lander Vikram will soft land on Moon on September 7, 2019,” tweeted the Indian Space Research Organisation.

“Congratulations to Team @isro on #Chandrayaan2 entering the Moon’s orbit. This is an important step in the landmark journey to the Moon,” tweeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday

The Chandrayaan-2 mission launched from Sriharikota in southern India on July 22. The mission is on track even though a technical glitch delayed the launch for a week.

INDIA LAUNCHES HISTORIC MISSION TO THE MOON

So far, only the U.S., Russia and China have successfully landed on the Moon.

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Artist’s impression of Chandrayaan-2 from an Indian Space Research Organisation video. (Indian Space Research Organisation)

Indian space hardware has reached the Moon before, although the country has yet to achieve a “soft landing” on the lunar surface.

India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, orbited the Moon in 2008 but did not land there. It did, however, launch an impact probe that was intentionally crashed into the Moon.

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Chandrayaan-1 operated for 312 days.

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This July 22, 2019, photo released by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shows its Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII carrying Chandrayaan-2 lift off from Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota, India. (Indian Space Research Organisation via AP)

The Moon looms large for a number of countries’ space programs. China, for example, became the first country to successfully land a probe on the far side of the Moon earlier this year when the Chang’e 4 lander reached the lunar surface on Jan. 2.

However, Israel’s unmanned Beresheet spacecraft crashed when it attempted to make a Moon landing on April 11. It was just a few hundred feet above the lunar surface when Mission Control in Yehud, Israel, lost contact with the probe.

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A preliminary investigation found that a manual command caused the crash.

The U.S. also has its sights set on the celestial satellite and plans to land American astronauts, including the first woman, on the Moon by 2024. The Artemis program will also establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon.

NASA recently revealed details of its vision for the Artemis Moon Lander.

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Speaking at Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Orion capsule that will take American astronauts back to the Moon is ready.

After Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon only 10 more men, all Americans, walked on the lunar surface. The last NASA astronaut to set foot on the Moon was Apollo 17 Mission Commander Gene Cernan on Dec. 14, 1972.

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At a White House event last month Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin voiced his disappointment over America’s space progress since the days of Apollo 11.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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NBA’s Steph Curry helps Howard U. start Division I golf team

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What started as an innocuous conversation during a public event has evolved into a golf partnership between NBA star Stephen Curry and Howard University.

The two-time NBA MVP announced Monday that he is helping Howard re-establish a golf program. Curry is providing a donation that will allow one of the country’s most prominent historically black universities to launch Division I women’s and men’s teams for the 2020-21 academic year.

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The 31-year-old Curry, who has won three NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, has long been known as a passionate golfer. But the idea of partnering with Howard didn’t start until January, when Curry went to the campus for a screening of the documentary “Emanuel.”

After watching the film — which chronicles the 2015 shooting of nine black worshippers at a church in South Carolina — Curry was approached by Howard student Otis Ferguson. The senior explained to Curry how he had been unsuccessfully trying to start up an official university golf team. Howard previously fielded a Division II golf team but that was discontinued.

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At a Monday news conference, Curry singled out Ferguson for applause and recalled their chance meeting.

“We connected on golf,” he said. “Accountability, competition, discipline — all those different ideals we learned through the game of golf.”

The exact amount of Curry’s donation has not been disclosed, but the university announced it would be a six-year partnership. Sports apparel company Under Armour, which sponsors Curry and is based in nearby Baltimore, will provide the uniforms and golf club manufacturer Callaway will supply the equipment.

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“I’m going to be following every part of the journey as we go into next year when the team takes the course for the first time,” Curry said. “This is going to go way beyond the game of golf, way beyond Howard. This is huge.”

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Ford Mustang owners can get $2,500 from Chevy, here’s how

If you can’t beat them, bribe them. Chevrolet is willing to give $2,500 to Ford Mustang owners to get them to switch to a Camaro.

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The incentive is available to folks who’ve owned their Mustangs for at least 30 days and only applies to purchases completed by Sept. 3, GM Authority reported.

So-called conquest incentives like this are common in the auto industry, but don’t often apply to a specific model like Chevy’s deal.

The Camaro finished a distant third to the Mustang on the muscle car sales charts last year and was trailing its pony car rival 38,542 to 24,516 sold through the first half of 2019.

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The 2019 Camaro SS (top) is being designed for 2020 (bottom). (Chevrolet)

The automaker should be particularly interested in clearing out its remaining 2019 Camaro SS models before the new cars arrive because it featured a controversial grille design that has been restyled for 2020.

With the discount, the starting price for the entry-level Camaro drops to $23,495, while a top of the line 650 hp Camaro ZL1 can be had for $62,195 before any other discounts are applied.

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Mysterious French modeling agent, accused Epstein ‘procurer’ whereabouts unknown as probe continues

Criminal charges against Jeffrey Epstein are set to be tossed after the disgraced financier’s shocking suicide behind bars earlier this month, but far from closing up shop, investigators worldwide are now switching the focus of the underage sex trafficking probe to hone in on Epstein’s friends and enablers — including a 72-year-old French modeling agent and scout.

Jean-Luc Brunel – whose whereabouts are unknown – has long denied his involvement with any wrongdoing stemming from his relationship with Epstein. But Brunel’s denials have been met with some skepticism, as Epstein accusers have previously alleged Brunel’s “scouting” entailed procuring underage models for Epstein to abuse.

“Jean-Luc-Brunel’s alleged predatory behavior has long been a cause for concern within the fashion industry, but the problem is not just one bad actor,” Sara Ziff, executive director of the advocacy group The Model Alliance, which has been pushing for fair treatment, equal opportunity, and sustainable practices in all facets of the fashion arena, told Fox News. “Issues of sexual abuse of models and sex trafficking under the guise of modeling work are well known in the fashion industry.”

While Brunel may be able to avoid the reach of U.S. law enforcement, the Paris prosecutor’s office is said to be cooperating with its American counterparts amid calls for a separate examination of Brunel’s questionable history in the fashion world. It is not yet clear if Brunel will come under formal investigation in his homeland.

“The United States only has jurisdiction over crimes that have a clear nexus to the United States. If charges are filed against Brunel, he may avoid extradition if the alleged crimes are not criminal where he resides,” California-based criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten said. “A good example of this is Roman Polanski who avoided extradition because France did not consider the conduct criminal.”

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Epstein owned a luxurious apartment on Avenue Foch in Paris — as did Brunel. After a flight from Paris to New York, Epstein had just stepped off his private plane when the FBI apprehended him July 6 and charged him with operating a sex trafficking ring involving minors.

After curating a decades-long reputation as a playboy with a penchant for wheeling and dealing in the Parisian fashion world starting at the Karin Models agency in 1976, Brunel went on to work with model agency maven Eileen Ford in the 1980s. Although multiple young women in a 1988 CBS News “60 Minutes” segment accused Brunel of sexually assaulting young models – prompting Ford to sever ties – authorities took no further action.

Brunel went on to purchase the Karin Models agency from its original owner and set about building a global network of affiliate agencies and launching big names – he touted – from Sharon Stone to Monica Bellucci to Angie Everhart. He progressed to helping with the launch of global modeling powerhouse Next Model Management and stayed on as a partner until 1995 when he established Karin Models in New York and Miami.

A book released by Michael Gross that year entitled “Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women” also shed light on alleged abuse by Brunel, with another agent characterizing him as “a danger” — but to no further avail.

At some point soon thereafter, the French model man got acquainted with the American money man.

In 2005, Brunel’s Karin Models agency was re-branded MC2 Model Management, billing itself as a “boutique agency” with an alleged $1 million investment from Epstein. Around that same time, the FBI opened an investigation into Epstein’s predatory behaviors.

According to 2011 court filings based on accusers’ testimonies, Brunel was one of Epstein’s “closest pals” and he left disturbing voice messages for the repudiated financier. In one voicemail he allegedly indicated that he had a “non-blonde Russian teacher,” adding that was “2 x 8 years old” and that Epstein could have her first. The wording subsequently raised the question, in the lawsuit, if the girl allegedly being procured was just 8 years old or 16 years old, or if there were two 8-year-olds.

Court documents also alleged that Brunel at times had used Epstein’s Manhattan condos to “house young models.”

“Epstein and Brunel brought underage girls from all over the world, promising them modeling contracts,” the suit claimed. “Epstein and Brunel would then obtain a visa for these girls, they would charge the underage girls rent, presumably to live as underage prostitutes in the condos.”

Flight logs showed that Brunel traveled on Epstein’s private planes at least 25 times between 1998 and 2005. Visitor logs showed the model manager also visited his friend some 67 times while Epstein was serving a brief sentence in a Florida county jail as part of a controversial 2008 plea deal over charges of soliciting a minor.

In a deposition nine years ago, Epstein’s Palm Beach butler asserted that Brunel stayed at his home three times in the seven months Epstein was on house arrest.

Meanwhile, Brunel’s business continued blossoming. In 2012, MC2 boasted that Brunel would essentially be stepping away from the day-to-day dealings of running a company to focus instead on being a “consultant and scout” for the company.

His relationship with Epstein ruptured just a few years later.

In January 2015, Brunel and MC2 sued for damages that he claimed resulted from “notoriety and bad publicity generated by criminal charges that had been brought against Epstein involving allegations of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.” Brunel asserted that the “false stories” linking him to Epstein caused a “tremendous loss of business.”

In the now ominous “Black Book” of Epstein’s esteemed personal contacts, as published by Gawker soon after the lawsuit was filed, Brunel was labeled as the president of Karin Models, indicating the two knew each other for a significant swath of time — and conjuring up red flags as to how and why the model scout was so close to the convicted sex offender.

It was unclear if Brunel and Epstein maintained any contact following the 2015 lawsuit, which was thrown out after Epstein was said not to have been served correctly while on a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Brunel’s agency also came under fire in a 2016 class-action suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, in which nine models accused MC2 – along with other top firms – of exploiting their naivety and limited understanding of the largely unregulated industry. One Miami-based model, Marcelle Almonte, alleged that in 2005 MC2 offered her a spot in a “model apartment” for $1,850 — which turned out to be crammed with eight other girls, some relegated to sleeping on the floor.

As each of the aspiring hopefuls was said to be forking out the same rent bill, MC2 was accused of pocketing $16,650: a far cry from the $2,900 value of the other two-bedroom apartments in the same building.

MC2 has continued to operate as a mid-sized agency based in Manhattan, with offices in Miami and Tel Aviv.

Neither representatives for MC2 nor an attorney for Brunel responded to requests for comment.

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With the renewed spotlight on Epstein, all links between his connections and big brands have proven problematic.

For one, famed lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret has been thrust into the not-so-angelic limelight since Epstein’s arrest last month. The CEO of the lingerie giant’s parent company, L Brands, claimed that he completely cut connections with Epstein some 12 years ago and that the money manager misappropriated his own funds at the time – but CEO and founder Les Wexner was said not to have reported the alleged theft to law enforcement.

Moreover, three of the models on the MC2 roster – Bloomberg noted – scored a coveted spot in the annual Victoria’s Secret runway show in 2015, and returned to audition in 2017 and 2018. L Brands in recent weeks hired an external law firm to look into the relationship between its founder and Epstein.

Earlier this month, more than one hundred prominent models and industry leaders endorsed an open letter to Victoria’s Secret CEO John Mehas, expressing their concern “for the safety and wellbeing of the models and young women who aspire to model for Victoria’s Secret,” underscoring the Wexner-Epstein “headlines” and urging the conglomerate to adopt the legally binding RESPECT Program – developed by Ziff’s Model Alliance – to protect against sexual harassment and abuse.

The letter was signed not only by former Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes, but also by supermodels Christy Turlington and Milla Jovovich — both of whose careers Brunel consistently claimed he launched in large part.

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Christy Turlington, seen here in December 2018, signed the letter to Victoria’s Secret CEO John Mehas. (Roy Rochlin/WireImage, File)

Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sears, Kohl’s, Target and Macy’s also were listed as clients of Brunel, having hired his agency’s talents to differing capacities in recent years.

Bloomberg reported that in 2014 a Nordstrom executive even issued “full and unqualified support” to Brunel in a support letter for his 0-1 visa application, a visa granted by the U.S. State Department to “individuals who possess extraordinary abilities or achievement recognition.”

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As far as Ziff is concerned, the ongoing Epstein fallout should serve as something of a wakeup call.

“How many more victims do we have to have before the fashion industry is willing to provide basic safety and fair treatment on the job to the talent – mostly young women and girls – who help market their clothes? Change is entirely possible and within reach,” she added. “The fashion industry can and must do better.”

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