Strauss-Kahn to Be Tried as a Pimp
Despite prosecutors' objections
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 26, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ladies' man in only some really unfortunate senses of the word, is seen in this file photo.   (FRANCOIS GUILLOT)

(Newser) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to defend himself in a French court on charges of aggravated pimping despite recommendations by prosecutors that the charges be dropped. Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided today to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group against 14 people, including the former International Monetary Fund chief.

The case revolves around an alleged hotel prostitution ring and hinges on whether Strauss-Kahn knew he was partying with prostitutes and whose money was used to pay them. His lawyers have said Strauss-Kahn had attended "libertine" gatherings but did not know that some women there were paid. Prosecutors in June had asked for the case against Strauss-Kahn to be dropped on the grounds of lack of evidence, though they agreed the others should be charged.

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crankydude
Jul 27, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
Prostitution is a huge crock. Just the haves preventing the have nots from making earnest money. Human trafficking? Now that is a whole other ball of wax.
right2dave
Jul 27, 2013 6:15 AM CDT
His nick name was "Huggie Bear."
fedcamper
Jul 27, 2013 3:22 AM CDT
Well, he was dumb (or vain) enough to think the maid he assaulted in the U.S. liked him. But actually, assuming he knew they were hookers, it's a step up for him to put his creepy paws on someone willing to go along with it.