PARIS — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to defend himself in a French court on charges of aggravated pimping despite recommendations by prosecutors that the charges be dropped.
Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided on Friday to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group.
Lille (France) (AFP) - French prosecutors will on Tuesday make their final arguments in Dominique Strauss-Kahn's pimping trial, after two ex-prostitutes dropped a civil suit against the former IMF chief.
The prosecution’s strategy in undercutting Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s claim he did not know he was having sex with prostitutes became clearer Wednesday as a second woman testified he subjected her to a sex act against her will.
Sandrine Vandenschrik told judges Wednesday that Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, didn’t give her a chance to refuse his actions.
Vandenschrik, also known as Jade, broke down in tears as a judge asked her to detail what happened.
Lille (France) (AFP) - The pivotal character in a French prostitution ring that landed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in court for "pimping" will be the first to take the stand Tuesday in the trial.
Lille (France) (AFP) - Disgraced ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose presidential hopes were torpedoed by a sex scandal, takes the stand at a French pimping trial Tuesday in a bid to convince judges he was not at the core of a prostitution ring.
Judges have described Dominique Strauss-Kahn as “king of the party” and the “linchpin” of soirees with prostitutes that resembled “carnage on a pile of mattresses,” in a damning indictment of the disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief.
The 64-year-old, who is due to go on trial on “aggravated pimping” charges, insists he had no idea the young women who took part in a string of orgies in France and Washington were being paid to have sex with him.
A former prostitute gave lurid details on Tuesday of what she described as “classy” lunchtime sex parties on the second day of the trial of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who faces pimping charges.
The woman, identified only as “Jade”, said she had been paid by two of the other 13 defendants standing trial with Strauss-Kahn, the former French presidential contender and IMF chief, to take part in the parties.
She repeatedly broke down in tears as she described being forced into prostitution to support her two children after a divorce.