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Probe calls Strauss-Kahn 'kingpin' of illicit sex parties

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-07

Investigators looking into an alleged prostitution ring in northern France for which Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces pimping charges will present evidence that the former IMF chief knew that women were paid for sex at wild parties he helped organise.

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was fully aware that women were being paid to attend wild sex parties he himself helped organise, according to a leaked report by French investigating magistrates into the so-called “Carlton affair”.

Investigators looking into an alleged prostitution ring organised out of the Carlton Hotel in the northern city of Lille – for which Strauss-Kahn and 12 other people face pimping charges – say the once promising politician was not a mere participant, but the “kingpin” around whom orgies were organised.

“These soirees were never organised without [Strauss-Kahn], and when they were, it was based on his visit to a city (Paris, Washington, etc.) and when his schedule permitted,” the report, obtained by the right-leaning newspaper Le Figaro, said. “He controlled the proceedings of the soirees, which were organised based on his availability.”

Strauss-Kahn has previously acknowledged attending the sex parties, but has maintained he had no knowledge the women involved were call girls.

Furthermore, the report claimed the sex parties were far from “libertine” gatherings among consenting couples and adults, as described by Strauss-Kahn, but more like “slaughters” and “purchase orders for services”. Women testified to being bunched on flimsy mattresses on the floor.

It said that the parties counted an uneven majority of women and that some of the ones held in Belgium included couples who were brought in as “alibis”, to cover the true sex-for-pay nature of the orgies.

'Little friends' and 'gifts'

The magistrates who have brought the pimping charges against Strauss-Kahn said they had also gathered evidence that the disgraced former IMF chief had an important role in organising the events.

While Lille businessman Fabrice Paszkowski, who is also charged with pimping in the affair, was the person who hired the prostitutes, he only did so at Strauss-Kahn’s behest, their report said.

Furthermore, Strauss-Kahn offered city apartments that he rented directly or indirectly as places to host the parties.

Investigators also claim they uncovered coded mobile text messages in which Strauss-Kahn refers to the prostitutes as “little friends”, the “delegation”, “gifts” and the “goods”, telephone exchanges they were presenting as evidence that the accused had knowledge the women were prostitutes.

Prosecutors in New York and Paris have been unable to bring a case against Strauss-Kahn to trial since his initial arrest in May 2011 for purportedly forcing a Sofitel chamber maid to have sexual relations.

If found guilty of pimping in the Carlton affair, Strauss-Kahn could face up to 10 years in prison and over 1 million euros in fines. The case is likely to go to court in 2014.

Date created : 2013-08-07

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