Dominique Strauss-Kahn acquitted of pimping by French court

2015-06-12 13:14
Dominique Strauss-Kahn. (Francois Lo Presti, AFP)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn. (Francois Lo Presti, AFP)

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Lille - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was cleared on Friday by a French court on charges related to his participation in a string of organised sex parties.

A presiding judge ruled that Strauss-Kahn's participation in sex parties that occured during his tenure at the IMF between 2008 and 2011, was not not illegal. Prior to acquiting Strauss-Kahn, the judge also cleared many of the 13 co-defendants who stood trial alongside him.

The key charges against Strauss-Kahn included aggravated pimping in relation to the parties, which were organised in Lille, Paris and Washington while he was IMF managing director. Central to the legal case was whether Strauss-Kahn organised the parties or knew that prostitutes in attendance were paid to participate.

He admitted attending the parties, saying they were an important outlet for his high-stress career, but he testified he did not organise the parties, did not pay for sex and did not know prostitutes had been hired.

Group sex and paying for sex are not illegal in France. Knowingly attending or organizing gatherings where a third party has paid for sexual services is.

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