Dominique Strauss-Kahn – the former head of the International Monetary Fund- has been cleared by a French court of ‘aggravated pimping’.
The one-time French presidential hopeful, who has described seeking ‘recreation’ from the stress of world politics by having rough sex with strangers at orgies in Europe and the US – was found not to have promoted or profited from the prostitution of seven women.
The judges said Strauss-Kahn was not the instigator of the orgies with prostitutes. Throughout his trial he maintained he did not know that some of the women brought to him by businessmen friends at group-sex sessions were prostitutes – saying he thought they were merely swingers like himself. The businessmen had told the women not to say they had been paid.
Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer Henri Leclerc said the case against him had been ‘totally empty’ accusing investigating magistrates of a moral crusade with no legal foundation.
The wide-reaching trial in the northern French city of Lille revealed a saga of money, fame and women travelling to luxury locations for sex with powerful men against a backdrop of economic deprivation and social misery.