Former IMF Boss Detained For Involvement in Prostitution Ring
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and former leading candidate for the French presidency has been detained by French police over allegations he patronized prostitutes in Lille, a province in the North of France.
Strauss-Kahn submitted himself for questioning this morning and was detained by the police who have the authority to hold him for more than 48 hours during questioning.
According to a spokeswoman for the French Police, Strauss Kahn is being held as the police investigate his “complicity in a prostitution network” and “aiding and abetting in the misappropriation of company assets.”
Police have gotten confessions from a number of prostitutes who claim to have had sex with the former French leader in a luxury hotel called the Carlton in Lille.
Lawyer for Strauss Kahn, Mr. Henri Leclerc have denied he knew they were prostitutes stating, “I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman.”
It is not illegal to patronize prostitutes in France but pimping them is illegal and several associates of Mr. Strauss Kahn are being accused of such behaviour including throwing sex parties in Washington DC and Paris. Parties Mr Strauss Kahn allegedly participated in.
French prosecutors a re also pursuing charges alleging that French companies participated in the payments to some of the prostitutes and did so, potentially, to secure favours from top government officials like Mr. Strauss Kahn.
Mr. Strauss Kahn was forced to resign from his position at the IMF last year due to allegations of rape by a hotel maid in New York.