Wednesday 1 March 2017

Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces questions over French prostitution ring

The car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head, enters the Gendarmerie surrounded by the media as he arrives for questioning by a judge investigating the so-called
The car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head, enters the Gendarmerie surrounded by the media as he arrives for questioning by a judge investigating the so-called "Hotel Carlton" affair in Lille February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW MEDIA TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Dominique Strauss-Khan's wife has decamped to Morocco, and demonstrators and the media follow his every move. Photo: Getty Images

DOMINIQUE Strauss-Kahn was today facing questioning by French police investigating a suspected hotel prostitution ring.

Detective have questioned prostitutes in Lille who claimed they had sex with Mr Strauss-Kahn in 2010 and 2011 at a luxury hotel in Paris, a restaurant in the French capital and also in Washington DC.



Two men with ties to Mr Strauss-Kahn have been put under preliminary investigation in France on charges including organizing a prostitution ring and misuse of corporate funds.



Mr Strauss-Kahn's name surfaced in the investigation last fall and his lawyer has asked that he be allowed to tell his side of the story.



One of Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said that the former French presidential hopeful never knew that the women at orgies he attended were prostitutes.



"He could easily not have known, because as you can imagine, at these kinds of parties you're not always dressed, and I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman," Henri Leclerc told French radio Europe 1 in December.



French newspapers have dubbed the investigation "The Carlton Affair" after the name of the expensive Lille hotel where some of the meetings took place.



Investigators are seeking to discover if prostitutes were paid using corporate funds from a large French construction company.



In a separate case last October, French prosecutors refused to pursue an allegation by a young French writer of attempted rape by Mr Strauss-Kahn.



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