French Prosecutor: Acquit Strauss-Kahn of Pimping

As plaintiffs drop case against ex-IMF chief, it's looking more likely DSK will walk
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2015 9:09 AM CST
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel for a court for trial for sex charges in Lille, northern France, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

(Newser) – He doesn't deny he's participated in orgies, that he enjoys "rough" sex with his "conquests," or that he needs a lot of it, per the AP. But Dominique Strauss-Kahn says he's no pimp, and a French prosecutor today asked for the acquittal of the ex-IMF chief, the BBC reports. Frederic Fevre, who's prosecuting DSK's trial in Lille, says there's not enough compelling evidence that's been heard in court or otherwise unearthed to establish Strauss-Kahn had done anything illegal. Five of the six plaintiffs in the case against him dropped their charges yesterday, with just one anti-prostitution advocacy group remaining to push for a DSK conviction, the AP adds.

Prostitution in France only becomes illegal if a prostitution ring is organized or someone else profits from a prostitute's activities, the AP notes. Neither point has been sufficiently linked to Strauss-Kahn, who has insisted he didn't know the women he encountered at a variety of sex parties were prostitutes. (DSK filed a $1 million lawsuit against the NYC maid who accused him of sexual assault in 2011.)

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