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Former political darling Dominique Strauss-Kahn is in hot water again for his alleged involvement with a pimping ring. French investigators questioned Strauss Kahn for several hours before releasing him on bail. The investigation centers on a hotel in Lille that was home to “parties”. Apparently other “parties” were held in Paris and Washington.
After ten hours of questioning in Lille, DSK was charged with "complicity in aggravated and organised prostitution" - or, as the Daily Mail described it, "complicity in pimping in a vice ring". The Week
DSK, 62, claims that he was unaware that the young women with whom he engaged socially were prostitutes. Hiring a prostitute is not illegal in France, but procuring one for another person is. The charge is a serious one that could result in a lengthy jail sentence if he is convicted.
DSK’s fall from grace has been a swift one. A year ago he was the head of the International Monetary Fund(IMF) and was expected to be a frontrunner in the upcoming French presidential elections. The veneer began to crack when a New York chambermaid accused DSK of sexual assault. Then another woman in France leveled charges of sexual misconduct. While the legalities have been dropped in the case of the French woman, the American, Nafissatou Diallo, has brought a civil case against him. DSK’s lawyers are arguing that he was entitled to diplomatic immunity at the time.