[Ed. – The measure of a man is the company he keeps.]
According to court records from 1998, Independent journalist John Lichfield discovered that the prostitution agency routinely ensnared girls as young as 15, forcing them to have sex with Hollywood’s rich and powerful elite.
The French Vice Squad traced 89 young women who said they had been tricked or sometimes physically constrained by the agency into working for them. The girls were sometimes “sold on like cattle” to other call-girl agencies.
While it is not clear whether or not De Niro was supplied with underage girls, his involvement in the ring received little to no media coverage.
It also exposes attempts by the French government machine to block an investigation. Seems France did not want to embarrass senior politicians and damage French interests abroad.
According to the documents, the agency’s photographer, Jean-Pierre Bourgeois, hung about Parisian nightclubs or casting agencies, scouting victims. He picked on young women, often a teenager, and invited them to his apartment to take trial shots.