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Dominique Strauss-Kahn facing new sex charges

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Mariam Zaidi
WVoN co-editor

The disgraced former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn is facing up to 20 years in jail if found guilty of being involved in a French prostitution ring.

Strauss-Kahn was questioned in Lille on Monday but was later released on bail after being preliminarily charged with “aggravated pimping.”

Eight others are also believed to have been charged on similar counts.

French authorities will now investigate whether Strauss-Kahn was involved in regularly hiring or paying prostitutes for sex in orgies in hotels in Lille, Paris and Washington.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Henri Leclerc who has admitted in the past that his client attended sex parties, denies that Strauss-Kahn knew that the women at these parties were prostitutes.

Defending his client, Leclerc told the media that Strauss-Kahn was being attacked for his “libertine” behaviour and added that prostitution is not a crime in France.

This is not the first time the former IMF chief has faced sex allegations.  He had to step down from his post at the IMF after a Manhattan maid accused him of attempted rape in May 2011 (see WVoN coverage).  That case later fell apart.

French journalist Tristane Banon also accused Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape in 2011 an encounter that occurred eight years prior. Her case was not pursued due to the statute of limitations.

Before his fall from grace last year, Mr Strauss-Kahn was the favourite to stand as the French Socialist Party’s candidate in next month’s presidential election.

  1. What the Magazine Le Monde has been revealing, if confirmed and so far Strauss Khan has not denied, is that he has been playing an active role on organizing the sexual orgies. Organizing and profiting from prostitution is a criminal offense. DSK is now saying they were so many girls he didn’t even used their names individually. He never thought asking them what they were doing in life. He is claiming he had been ‘naive’ ! They just had what Le Monde reports as being bestial and violent sex orgies. Some of the facts revealed could imply rape accusations. How this document came into the hands of Le Monde is a big question, even more how the silent covered the bestial behavior of a man who was a candidate for presidential elections? my analyse

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