Saturday 20 January 2018

'My sex life should not be on trial' - Dominique Strauss-Kahn tells courtroom

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

John Lichfield

Dominique Strauss-Kahn admitted today that he had an appetite for “rough” sex but complained that his sexual activities should not be on trial.

On the second day of his testimony in the Lille “pimping” trial, the former IMF chief lost his temper as he complained that, in effect, that he was being prosecuted for being Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

“I’m beginning to have enough of all this,” he said. “Everyone has the right to an opinion on my sexual behaviour in private but it has nothing to do with this case.”

“You would think that I was on trial for deviant sexual practices. But there is no longer any such law [in France].”

A former prostitute claimed – echoing a similar claim made by another ex-prostitute on Tuesday – that she had been unwillingly subjected to anal sex by the former IMF chief in a Brussels hotel in 2009.

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

DSK did not deny either incident but said that, in each case, the sexual act was consensual.

Asked why both women now said that they suffered great distress, Mr Strauss-Kahn replied: “I think I must have a form of sexuality which is rougher than that of the average. But I had no idea at the time that these experiences were so unpleasant as the women now say.”

Mr Strauss-Kahn and 12 other people are on trial for “aggravated pimping”.

DSK and three other people are accused of arranging sex parties with prostitutes in Brussels, Paris and  Washington.

Any activity which promotes or organises prostitution can be considered “pimping” under French law.

If convicted, DSK faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of €1.5m.

Independent News Service

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