French prosecutor called for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be acquitted of pimping charges in a trial

February 18, 2015 5:03 am

“I experienced a penetration without my
permission. If I was a libertine, I would at least have been asked if I
wanted to do that,” said a woman nicknamed Jade, admitting that she
never actually refused the act.
Strauss-Kahn said he did not
realise she objected and was “sorry” she experienced it that way, but
lost his patience as the topic came up time and time again.
He said people were free to disagree with his proclivities, but that he was not on trial for “deviant sexual practices”.

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A French prosecutor called for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be acquitted
of pimping charges in a trial which has seen lurid details of the
former IMF chief’s sex life exposed in court.
“Neither the
judicial enquiry nor the hearing have established that Mr Strauss-Kahn
is guilty” of procuring prostitutes for sex parties he attended in
Paris, Brussels and Washington, said prosecutor Frederic Fevre.
The
65-year-old who was once tipped for the French presidency has denied
knowing the women at the orgies were prostitutes, or that he organised
for them to be there, which could have landed him in jail for up to 10
years for pimping.
Even before the trial, Fevre said he was not
convinced there was a strong case against the former political
heavyweight and asked for the charges to be dropped. However he was
overruled by investigative judges who sent the case to trial.

Strauss-Kahn sat with his arms crossed as Fevre called for the court to find him not guilty.
The prosecutor argued that the economist’s notoriety “should not be a presumption of guilt”.
“Our
legal system must take pride in never convicting someone if there is
any doubt. I therefore request his acquittal, pure and simple,” said
Fevre.
In another boost for Strauss-Kahn, two ex-prostitutes who
attended the orgies dropped a civil lawsuit against him, with lawyers
saying they lacked enough proof to win the case.
– Ego, ambition and desire –
The
trial was a further humiliation for Strauss-Kahn four years after his
high-flying career and presidential prospects were torpedoed by
accusations of by a New York hotel maid in May 2011, a
case later settled in a civil suit.
He was charged with pimping
shortly after the New York scandal when his name cropped up in a probe
into a ring in northern , which provided sex workers
for orgies he attended.
Strauss-Kahn found himself in the dock
alongside a colourful cast of characters including a senior police
officer and brothel owner Dominique Alderweireld who is known as “Dodo
the Pimp”
Many of them form part of a ring known as the “Carlton
Affair” in which managers of the luxury Lille hotel set up prostitutes
with well-connected locals.
“He was the boss,” Fevre said of
Alderweireld who is accused of sending prostitutes from Belgium to the
parties just over the border.
Fevre requested a sentence of one year in jail and a fine of 10,000 euros ($11,000) against him.
Dodo
separately provided prostitutes to friends of Strauss-Kahn who brought
them to the sex parties. The two businessmen maintain they kept it
secret from him that the women were paid.
Fevre asked for a series of suspended sentences and stiff fines ranging from 2,500 to 20,000 euros for the 13 other accused.
“This
was not a mafia network that was dismantled,” said Fevre, but a group
of friends trying to “satisfy egos, ambitions and quite simply, physical
desires.”
– Saving the world –
It
remains to be seen whether the court will follow the prosecutor’s
recommendation to acquit Strauss-Kahn in a trial which has seen the most
intimate details of his often rough sexual tastes bared to the world.
The
man known in France as DSK has admitted to being a libertine, and
taking part in group sex, but lashed out at the court for focusing on
his morals.
The court in the northern city of Lille heard sordid
details from several prostitutes of how he sodomised them, as lawyers
attempted to prove a level of sexual degradation that he would only
expect from a prostitute.
“I experienced a penetration without my
permission. If I was a libertine, I would at least have been asked if I
wanted to do that,” said a woman nicknamed Jade, admitting that she
never actually refused the act.
Strauss-Kahn said he did not
realise she objected and was “sorry” she experienced it that way, but
lost his patience as the topic came up time and time again.
He said people were free to disagree with his proclivities, but that he was not on trial for “deviant sexual practices”.
Jade also told the court how Strauss-Kahn took her to visit the IMF headquarters in Washington in January 2010.
He
argued in court last week that the visit proves he did not think she
was a prostitute, and that he was too busy “saving the world” from an
unprecedented financial crisis to risk taking a call-girl to his
workplace.

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