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.
IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest on sex charges looks to have wrecked his hope of beating Nicolas Sarkozy to the French presidency and turned the race on its head, amid whisperings of dirty tricks.Strauss-Kahn had polled as the brightest hope for France's opposition Socialists for the 2012 election, well ahead of Sarkozy, but his arrest threw the race into uncertainty which could play well for the flagging president.
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.