Sunday 18 March 2018

DSK denies fresh claim he joined gang rape of call-girl

Strauss-Kahn: new claim
Strauss-Kahn: new claim

Henry Samuel in Paris

Dominique Strauss-Kahn last night denied he took part in the gang rape of an escort girl.

The former International Monetary Fund chief could be facing fresh charges after it was claimed he and three others held the woman down and forced her to have anal sex.

The latest revelation involving Mr Strauss-Kahn, a one-time Socialist presidential hopeful in France, has heaped further embarrassment on the party.

The Socialists have sought to distance themselves from Mr Strauss-Kahn, but several members of Francois Hollande's campaign team ended up in a Parisian bar in a red-light area with him last week.


The state prosecutor is considering opening an inquiry into the allegations by a 25-year-old Belgian call girl, known as Marie-Anne S, over her treatment at the hands of Mr Strauss-Kahn in a Washington hotel in December 2010, according to French media.

Mr Strauss-Kahn is under investigation for "aggravated pimping in an organised gang" as French judges try to ascertain whether he knew the women he had sex with in various orgies were prostitutes. He denies any wrongdoing.

During questioning in the so-called Carlton case, Marie-Anne S described a "violent scene" in the upmarket W hotel, near the White House.

She said Mr Strauss-Kahn "used force" against her. "He held my hands. He pulled my hair, he hurt me," she told judges, adding that the former French finance minister tried to sodomise her.

"I refused, saying, 'No, I don't want to'. I clearly said I didn't want to several times, out loud," she reportedly told the judges.

She said three of Mr Strauss-Kahn's friends did nothing to intervene, and one even grabbed her hands.

She did not file a legal complaint against Mr Strauss-Kahn.

He denies committing any acts of violence against women. Mr Strauss-Kahn "absolutely contests having committed the slightest act of violence of any nature whatsoever," his lawyers said in a statement.

The Lille prosecutor will either open a preliminary or formal inquiry, or decide that there are insufficient details to do so unless the woman files for charges. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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