Dominic Strauss-Khan STILL faces trial for pimping as court rejects bid to drop sex inquiry


Dominic Strauss-Khan STILL faces trial for pimping as court rejects bid to drop sex inquirySays he went to 'sex parties' but added he didn't know women were call girlsCalls allegations 'unhealthy, sensationalist and not without a political agenda'
Strauss-Kahn agreed to pay 4m in legal dispute with 'raped' chamber maid

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15:25 GMT, 19 December 2012


Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to face pimping charges after a court rejected his case

Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to face pimping charges after a court rejected his case

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has failed in an attempt to have pimping charges against him dropped.

Lawyers for the former International Monetary Fund chief had told a court in Douai, northern France, that the 63-year-old was innocent of any sexual misconduct in the so-called ‘Carlton Affair’.

It allegedly involved prostitutes being hired through the Carlton Hotel in Lille and being sent to attend orgies around the world with VIP guests.

Strauss Kahn admits attending many of the so-called ‘sex parties’, but said he had no idea that any of the women were call girls.

A statement handed to the court by Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers said a charge of aggravated pimping was ‘unhealthy, sensationalist and not without a political agenda.’

But Guillaume Maigret, general secretary of the court, today ordered that the case against Strauss-Kahn ‘should proceed’.

It comes after Strauss-Kahn agreed to pay an estimated 4million to end a legal dispute with a chamber maid he allegedly tried to rape.

The deal brokered by lawyers marked the end of a sordid saga which ended his career.

It saw Nafissatou Diallo, 33, appear at a court in the Bronx, New York, to sign a legal document dropping a civil law suit against Strauss-Kahn, who was also once tipped as a future Socialist French president.

With no income or savings, Strauss-Kahn was set to ask multi-millionaire heiress Anne Sinclair, his 64-year-old wife who left him in the summer, for half of the money. The rest will come from a bank loan.

Last month, prosecutors also ended an
investigation into allegations of ‘gang rape’ against Strauss-Kahn at a
hotel in Washington after the woman who made the claim retracted her
evidence.

Magistrates last
year also dropped a sexual assault case brought by French author
Tristane Banon, 32, on the grounds that the alleged 2003 incident had
taken place too long ago.

Following
today’s ruling in Douai, Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer Henri Leclerc said he
was ‘certain that he will ultimately be cleared of these absurd
accusations of pimping.’

The case allegedly involves prostitutes being hired through the Carlton Hotel in Lille

The case allegedly involves prostitutes being hired through the Carlton Hotel in Lille