Prosecutors call for Strauss-Kahn charges to be dropped in pimping trial
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The day after four plaintiffs in the so-called Carlton pimping trial withdrew allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French prosecutors have called for the disgraced former IMF chief to be cleared of all criminal charges.
Strauss-Kahn, a former heavyweight in the French Socialist Party who was tipped as a potential candidate in the 2012 French presidential race, is on trial, along with 13 other defendants, for "aggravated pimping".
The 65-year-old economist, who was head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) until accused of sexual assault on a hotel maid in New York in May 2011, gave evidence last week admitting to participating in regular “libertine orgies” while he was “saving the world” from the financial crisis.
In often disturbingly lurid detail, he admitted under questioning to being “rough” with his sexual “conquests” and to needing sex with exceptional frequency.
He was accused of procuring prostitutes for these orgies as part of an organised network, which is a criminal offence in France.
Magistrates will now have to decide whether or not to follow the prosecutors' advice to clear Strauss-Kahn of all charges.