Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is suing a Belgium-based pimp for opening a brothel that bears the initials ‘DSK’, his lawyers said Wednesday.
The pimp, Dominique Alderweireld or “Dodo la Saumure” (“saumure” means brine, or the salted oil in which mackerel - also the French slang for pimp - is often served), has been linked to sex parties the disgraced French politician attended in the past.
Strauss-Kahn, a potential presidential contender in the 2012 French election whose chances were dashed by a New York sex scandal involving a hotel maid, is well known by his initials DSK in France and French-speaking countries like Belgium and Switzerland.
DSK would also be the acronym for the new brothel, Dodo Sex Klub, which is set to open in the town of Blaton in Belgium, where prostitution is legal.
The French-born Alderweireld has been accused of aggravated pimping and supplying prostitutes to Strauss-Kahn, but denies the charges.
Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers said they were suing the 64-year-old pimp for deliberately choosing a name that “reproduces [Strauss-Kahn’s] initials, which identify him to all”.
Alderweireld told AFP that the name was “commercially brilliant... as everybody talks about DSK.”
Strauss-Kahn was forced to resign as head of the International Monetary Fund following his 2011 arrest for an alleged sexual assault on a New York hotel maid.
Criminal charges in the case were dropped and at the end of 2012, Strauss-Kahn settled a civil suit brought by the maid by paying her undisclosed damages, which reportedly exceeded $1.5 million.
Alderweireld has said he plans to open another sex establishment in Belgium called the Carlton, the name of a posh hotel, located in the northern French city of Lille, where Strauss-Kahn attended sex parties.
Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers insist he had no idea the women taking part in the parties were prostitutes. But prosecutors say he played a central role in organising what amounted to orgies.
Last August, a French judge sent Strauss-Kahn and 12 others, including Alderweireld, to trial on charges of aggravated pimping as part of an organised gang.
A ruling is expected sometime this year.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Date created : 2014-04-30