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DSK cleared of pimping charges

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared of pimping charges in France, ending four years of legal drama that began with a sexual assault charge in a New York hotel room.

The trial hinged on sex parties that took place in the midst of the global financial crisis, events Strauss-Kahn described as much-needed "recreational sessions".

The panel of judges ruled that Strauss-Kahn was not involved in hiring the women or paying them. Pimping is illegal under French law.