Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dominique Strauss-Kahn thanks French court on last day of trial

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel to attend the trial in the so-called Carlton Affair, in Lille, February 18, 2015, where 14 people including Strauss-Kahn stand accused of sex offences including the alleged procuring of prostitutes. Reuters/Pascal Rossignol
Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel to attend the trial in the so-called Carlton Affair, in Lille, February 18, 2015, where 14 people including Strauss-Kahn stand accused of sex offences including the alleged procuring of prostitutes. Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has thanked a French court that is trying him for pimping for listening to his side of the story.

The court in northern Lille set a June 12 date for the verdict at today's close of the three-week trial.

Strauss-Kahn denies pimping but has admitted to orgies, being "rough" with "conquests" and needing sex with exceptional frequency. None of that is illegal.

Last week, the prosecutor called for his acquittal - a day after five of six plaintiffs dropped their accusations - saying a court does not pass moral judgments.

Strauss-Kahn risks up to 10 years in prison and a €1.5m (£1.1m) fine if found guilty.

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