Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn is facing a three-week trial in Lille, northern France, for allegedly running a pimping ring in Paris, Lille, Brussels, Washington and New York from 2008 to 2011.
If convicted Strauss-Kahn faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to €1.5 million for charges of “aggravated pimping in an organised group.”
The man lost his position at the Fund in 2011 and with it, his presidential ambition when he was accused of sexual assault on a New York hotel maid but the charges were eventually dropped, and Mr. Strauss-Kahn reached a settlement with the maid, Nafissatou Diallo.
According to the BBC, the 65 year old admitted attending sex parties but says he did not know that some of the women were prostitutes. The case is the latest sex-related allegation to trouble Mr. Strauss-Kahn.
Two other cases against him, concerning allegations of sexual assault and gang rape, have already been dropped. On Monday (today) he will appear in court along with 13 others, including the owner of a brothel known as “Dodo the Pimp” a well known barrister.
Prosecutors claims that Strauss-Kahn took part in, and may even have organised, parties held in Belgium, France and the U.S. where female escorts were paid to have sex with guests, himself included.