A PRELIMINARY investigation has been opened in France into accusations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn took part in a gang rape in the US.
Prosecutors in Lille, where Mr Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, and three others have been charged in a pimping case, said the investigation centred on an incident "that could be described as gang rape" that took place in Washington, DC in December 2010.
The former banker, two businessmen and a police chief have been charged with "aggravated pimping in an organised gang" in Lille for allegedly organising a prostitution ring for orgies in France, the United States and elsewhere.
Lille prosecutors said investigating magistrates in the case had submitted new evidence, based on testimony from two Belgian sex workers, that could also implicate the men in a gang rape.
Testimony from one of the prostitutes indicated that she had been forced into a non-consensual sex act while in Washington with Strauss-Kahn and the other accused. She has not filed a complaint.
In a statement from his lawyers this month Strauss-Kahn denied the accusations, saying he "absolutely contests having committed the slightest act of violence of any nature whatsoever."