Dominique Strauss-Kahn: ‘Hard To Tell A Naked Woman From A Naked Prostitute’
Former IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn is facing charges of pimping, and he has a rather unique defense:
PARIS — The disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to stand trial in France on charges of pimping, prosecutors said Friday.
The Frenchman is expected to face another humiliating day in court next year over his links to an alleged prostitution ring based at the luxury Carlton Hotel in the northern French city of Lille.
Strauss-Kahn, 64, a former Paris finance minister, has admitted through his lawyers attending “libertine” parties at hotels in France and in Washington, where the International Monetary Fund is based, in 2010 and 2011.
However, he has always insisted he did not know that some of the women present were prostitutes and denies the pimping charge.
After the investigation into what has been dubbed the Carlton Affair was launched in October 2011, Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Henri Leclerc, told French television it was reasonable to assume his client did not know that a number of women at the parties were being paid for sex.
“As you can imagine, at these kinds of parties you’re not always dressed, and I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman,” Leclerc said.
Something tells me Mr. Strauss-Kahn may want to look into hiring a new defense team.
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