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Saturday 16 December 2017

Now DSK faces cop quiz on prostitute ring

FORMER IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be questioned today by French police investigating a suspected hotel prostitution ring.

Police in the northern French city of Lille are probing a suspected prostitution ring in France and neighbouring Belgium that has implicated police and other officials.

Police have questioned prostitutes who said they had sex with Mr Strauss-Kahn during 2010 and 2011 at a luxury hotel in Paris, a restaurant in the French capital and also in Washington DC. Mr Strauss-Kahn lived in the US capital while he was head of the IMF before resigning his position in May.

Two men with ties to Mr Strauss-Kahn have been put under preliminary investigation in France on charges including organising a prostitution ring and misuse of corporate funds.

Mr Strauss-Kahn's name surfaced last autumn and his lawyer has asked that Mr Strauss-Kahn be allowed to tell his side of the story. Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyer has said that the former French presidential hopeful never knew that the women at orgies he attended were prostitutes.

"He could easily not have known, because 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," Henri Leclerc told French radio Europe 1 in December.

French newspapers have dubbed the investigation The Carlton Affair after the name of the expensive Lille hotel where some of the meetings took place.

It is DSK's latest run-in over alleged sexual misconduct.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was charged by New York police in May with making a hotel maid perform oral sex. He said the sexual encounter was "inappropriate" but not violent.

New York prosecutors dropped the case against him.

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