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DSK seeks dismissal of pimping charges

2012-09-26 14:01

Douai - Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday asked a French appeal court to dismiss charges that the disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief helped procure prostitutes for sex parties.

Strauss-Kahn admits attending orgies in France and the United States but claims he did not know the women involved were being paid to take part.

He was not present at Wednesday's closed-door hearing and his lawyers did not speak to reporters before entering the court in the northern town of Douai.

The case, known as the "Carlton affair" in France, centres around allegations that business leaders and police officials in Lille operated a vice ring supplying girls for sex parties, some of which are said to have taken place at the Carlton Hotel in Douai.

Lawyers for Jean-Christophe Lagarde, a police commissioner who faces the same charges as Strauss-Kahn, have also asked for the case against their client to be dismissed.

Rene Kojfer, the former public relations officer at the hotel who has been accused of pimping in the affair, said on Wednesday that if Strauss-Kahn's name was not involved there "would be no case".

Allegations of sexual assault

"I never took money. I am not a pimp," Kojfer told Le Parisien newspaper. "What has happened to me and my superiors in the Carlton is unjust. What a great hullabaloo and so little to show for it in the end.

"In my opinion, if there was no DSK, there would be no case," he said using the acronym widely used in France for Strauss-Kahn, who was about to enter the French presidential race when he was arrested in May 2011 in New York after a hotel worker alleged he had carried out a brutal sexual assault on her.

The criminal case collapsed because of doubts about the alleged victim's testimony but Strauss-Kahn was unable to salvage his presidential ambitions as details of another alleged attack and the Carlton case surfaced on his return to France.

Kojfer said his lawyer would be challenging "the manner in which this case was handled".

Strauss-Kahn's wife of some two decades, Anne Sinclair, loyally stood by him when the New York scandal erupted but the couple have since split.

A former television journalist and the heiress to a large fortune, Sinclair now runs the French edition of the Huffington Post.

Comments
  • Anthea - 2012-09-26 14:28

    That poor woman : imagine finding out afterwards what a dog's bum she was married to?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-26 19:59

      Don't be so sure, she did not know.......but now he has been brought down on his knees, without it being part of a sexual game, she has had enough !!!!

      Anthea - 2012-09-27 11:08

      She's an heiress in her own right, why would she tolerate such a scaly douchebag for a husband? Surely she would know that this would come out eventually and sully her family name?

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