29th January 2005
And surprise, it's over leud sexual activity:
Strauss-Kahn questioned in prostitution ring inquiry
Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been detained for questioning by French police investigating a prostitution ring.
Mr Strauss-Kahn, once a front-runner for the French presidency, could be held for 48 hours at a police station in Lille, northern France.
Investigators have already questioned a number of prostitutes who have admitted having sex with Mr Strauss-Kahn.
He insists he did not know that the women were prostitutes.
"I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman," his lawyer Henri Leclerc has told French television.
Mr Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May 2011 after he was charged in New York with the attempted rape of a hotel maid. The case was later dropped.
In this separate inquiry, French police have already arrested eight men on suspicion of organising a prostitution ring and misusing corporate funds to pay for sex in a scandal known as the "Carlton affair" because of a Lille hotel where clients were allegedly supplied with call-girls.
Three of the suspects were said to have been close to Mr Strauss-Kahn, who is said to have taken part in sex parties in Paris and Washington in late 2010 and early 2011.
The BBC's Christian Fraser, in Paris, says that although consorting with prostitutes is legal in France, supplying them to others and misusing company funds to pay for them are not.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been tipped as a potential Socialist candidate in the April presidential elections until his arrest in New York in May last year.
One of the sex parties, allegedly organised by two of the eight suspects, Fabrice Paszkowski and David Roquet, is believed to have taken place in the US shortly before he was detained.
Mr Strauss-Kahn returned to France in September 2011 although the hotel maid involved in the case is pursuing a civil action. 'Ear infection'
The former IMF head said nothing as he arrived at a Lille police station in a car that was immediately surrounded by dozens of journalists.
A lawyer acting on his behalf, Frederique Beaulieu, arrived some time later.
Four investigators are involved in the questioning, Le Figaro reports, and have three police cells and four offices at their disposal.
Mr Strauss-Kahn is reported to have an ear infection and has the right to request a doctor's examination while in custody. The doctor could, theoretically, call for questioning to be suspended although that is considered unlikely.
For those who don't remember, Stauss-Kahn was in trouble last year for accusations of inappropriate contact with a hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn was released in July from house arrest and later had all charges dropped against him in August, though it brought back to the spot-light his previous sexual mess and had sunk his ambitions to secure the French Socialist Party's ticket for the presidential elections in France.
To think this guy was a IMF head too. Guess while he was at the head of a bank that does a metaphorical violation to third world countries, he would also do it in 'real life' too.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Assuming he did it. Were I a political opponent, I might well pay some random maid a few hundred thousands to sink him. Seems unlikely but -shrug- the case was dropped. Though equally that might just be him paying someone to threaten her in some way. Who knows what's going on with these sorts of things?
Nemmerle;5613667Assuming he did it. Were I a political opponent, I might well pay some random maid a few hundred thousands to sink him. Seems unlikely but -shrug- the case was dropped. Though equally that might just be him paying someone to threaten her in some way. Who knows what's going on with these sorts of things?
Would you not instead hire a hot girl to encounter him as a sort of honey trap and capture some of this misconduct on tape! ?
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
I'd be worried it might look a bit like a setup, if he happened to do it in the one room in the hotel that had a hidden camera in it.
well i suppose the answer would be to pay a reporter to do it the job for you (hehehehe) hence no danger of it looking like a set-up as it would be one and no direct link to yourself...
The Carbon Comrade
14th July 2004
There's a good chance that this guy is guilty, and there's a good chance (as is usually the case) that because he is someone of importance, he'll get away with it.
you don't really know he could be innocent...a victim of blackmail or anything along those lines you just dont know