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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Not guilty

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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, once thought of as a future French president before he was engulfed in s.x scandals, was acquitted of pimping charges Friday in a Lille court.

Strauss-Kahn had faced a potential 10-year prison sentence in France if convicted of the charge of “aggravated pimping.” His conviction had looked unlikely in recent months, after the prosecutor recommended acquittal and five of the six accusers dropped their claims.  

The charges of “aggravated pimping” in French law mean pimping with particularly bad circumstances, and are usually used for offences like prostituting a minor. In Strauss-Kahn’s case, the alleged aggravation involved using more than one prostitute and working with a group.

“Everyone is allowed to lead the sexual life they wish so long as that remains within the boundaries of the law,” prosecutor Frederic Fevre told the court.

Eyebrows had been raised in France over the charges, as paying for sex is not illegal in the country, and there didn’t seem to be much evidence that Strauss-Kahn had overstepped the boundary into organising the parties or procuring prostitutes.

Still, the revelations about his s.xual adventures, including orgies and “brutal” s.x, in the course of the trial may have been enough to end his political career.

“I think a comeback for DSK is out of the cards. He would be too toxic for the Socialist Party,” Antonio Barroso, senior analyst at Teneo Intelligence, told CNBC.

In 2011, Strauss-Kahn was forced out of his position at the International Monetary Fund after he was arrested and charged with the s.xual assault of a hotel maid in New York. No charges were brought, although he eventually paid an undisclosed sum to the woman in a civil action in the U.S.

He admitted attending the parties, known as “soirees libertines,” but argued that he did not know some of the women he encountered there were being paid for their attendance, and said that he thought they were there for “excitement and the adventure.”

By CNBC’s Catherine Boyle


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3 Responses to Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Not guilty

  1. carl hammel says:

    It’s so ironic that anyone should be accused by any government of being a pimp. They’re all pimps to K Street, Wall street, crony corporations and central banks. The greatest bunch of narcissistic panhandling criminal fools that have ever disgraced civilization. Yeah, states love war but they can’t stomach a common pimp. Neither can I. But if someone chooses to be one at their own expense and risk that’s the way the world goes ’round. But the state does it at your expense and risk and mine as well.

  2. Millard says:

    Engulfed in a s.x scandal! What, they can’t even print SEX SCANDEL! Here this uber-rich son of a bitch thinks he’s gonna slither his way out of the frey, which, by the way, works everytime palms are greased.

  3. Big Dan says:

    I knew they set him up, as soon as he said something GOOD, they immediately said there was a sex scandal to take him down – their MO: sex scandals.

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