Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is firmly denying charges of aggravated pimping at a trial in northern France.
Strauss-Kahn, best known for firmly denying raping a New York City hotel maid in 2011, is facing pimping charges along with 13 others, including a former police commissioner and a brothel owner nicknamed “Dodo the Pimp.” The once French presidential hopeful, whose career pretty much unraveled amid allegations he raped a hotel maid, is accused of helping procure sex workers for a prostitution ring based at a hotel in Lille. Paying for sex with anyone over 18 is not illegal in France, but it is against the law to procure prostitutes for others or to run a prostitution business.
But Strauss-Kahn insists he is innocent, arguing that he did not organize the orgy parties and he didn’t know the women engaging in anal orgies were prostitutes.
“I committed no crime, no offence,” Strauss-Kahn said when he took the stand Tuesday.
While the ex-IMF head admitted to participating in a few rare sex orgies organized by businessman David Roque in Lille, he said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his “licentious evenings”.
“The prosecution gives the impression of unbridled activity,” he told the court. But, he added: “There were only 12 parties in total – that is four per year over three years.”
Only 12? What a prude.
On the second day if his trial, it was revealed that in addition to sex parties, Strauss-Kahn allegedly brought a prostitute with him to IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. Once again, Strauss-Kahn denied knowing she was a prostitute – he was simply under the impression that hot young girls dig orgies with fat grey bankers.
If convicted, Strauss-Kahn and 13 other defendants face 10 years in prison and a $1.7 million dollar fine.