Friday 23 February 2018

Dominique Strauss-Kahn 'had forced anal sex with second prostitute in hotel room', trial hears

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

John Lichfield

A second former prostitute has claimed at the Lille pimping trial that she had been subjected to unwilling anal sex by the disgraced former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Jade, a Belgian woman in her 40s, said the incident happened at the Amigo hotel in Brussels in club in Autumn 2009. She said that she had driven Mr Strauss-Kahn in her car to the hotel from a sex-club in the Belgian countryside.

“There was a moment which was more than unpleasant,” she said. “When I was lying with my back to Monsieur DSK, I suffered a penetration. If he had asked me, I would have said no. I didn’t like that.”

Jade said the incident proved that Mr Strauss-Kahn knew she was a prostitute because he treated her like an object. “Unless, somehow, he thinks he is on a different level to the rest of us and he can do anything that he wants.”

Members of the feminist activist group Femen, who jumped on top of Mr Strauss-Kahn's car, are held by police
Members of the feminist activist group Femen, who jumped on top of Mr Strauss-Kahn's car, are held by police

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Mr Strauss-Kahn claims that he did not know the women who attended sex parties that he is accused of organising were prostitutes. Jade told the court he must have known. She said that they had discussed prostitution in Belgium during their car journey. She had made it clear that she worked in a sex club.

Jade said that during an official “confrontation” with DSK during the investigation which led to the trial, the former IMF chief had apologised for the incident in the Amigo hotel. She said that DSK said that he had not realised it had not been “cool” for her.

She admitted to the court, however, that she had accepted €2,000 to go to Washington to take part in a  sex party with DSK the following January. While there, she had been invited to DSK's office at the IMF and had taken photographs.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in an artist's impression in court in Lille
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in an artist's impression in court in Lille

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There were angry scenes at the trial after one of DSK’s lawyers used the word “sodomy”.

Responding to a question from Frédérique Beaulieu, Mr Strauss -Kahn's defence lawyer, as to whether she thought certain sexual practices were reserved for prostitutes, Jade replied: “With a swinger, you at least ask the question. I was impaled and he didn’t ask at all and I think it was because I was a prostitute.”

Ms Beaulieu then asked a question using the word “sodomy”. Jade reacted angrily from the stand, shouting that she did not want that word used “because I don’t want all my family and friends to know what was done to me".”

A Femen activist is led away by police officers as she protests in front of the courthouse in Lille, northern France, where Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on trial for sex offences (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A Femen activist is led away by police officers as she protests in front of the courthouse in Lille, northern France, where Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on trial for sex offences (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The president of the court said Jade had herself made it abundantly clear what happened. She refused, all the same, to answer any other questions from Ms Beaulieu. One of DSK’s other lawyers, Richard Malka, took over.

The trial continues.

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