DSK Charged in French Hooker Ring

Strauss-Kahn says he didn't know women at sex parties were prostitutes

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 26, 2012 4:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged in yet another sex scandal, and this time it's his native France doing the charging. The onetime IMF chief was interviewed by magistrates today and subsequently charged over his alleged links to a prostitution ring, reports the BBC. Strauss-Kahn admits attending numerous sex parties, in what's become known as the "Carlton affair," after the hotel in which they allegedly took place. But he denies knowing that women there were prostitutes, or that they were procured with company funds.

"He firmly declares that he is not guilty of these acts and of never having the least inkling that the women he met could have been prostitutes," says one of Strauss-Kahn's lawyers. "Consorting with prostitutes" is legal in France.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, partially visible at center, leaves a court after being questioned in a probe into a suspected prostitution ring in Lille, France, Monday, March 26, 2012.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, partially visible at center, leaves a court after being questioned in a probe into a suspected prostitution ring in Lille, France, Monday, March 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a court after being questioned in a probe into a suspected prostitution ring in Lille, France, Monday, March 26, 2012.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a court after being questioned in a probe into a suspected prostitution ring in Lille, France, Monday, March 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
In this Aug. 23, 2011 file photo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who today has been charged in connection with a suspected prostitution ring in France.
In this Aug. 23, 2011 file photo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who today has been charged in connection with a suspected prostitution ring in France.   (AP Photo/David Karp, File)
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrives at a police station in Lille, France, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrives at a police station in Lille, France, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
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