Two ex-prostitutes drop their civil case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

February 17, 2015 11:18 am

Two ex-prostitutes have dropped a civil suit against former IMF chief
, who is standing trial for pimping in ,
their lawyer says.
The former prostitutes had delivered dramatic
testimony during the trial of how they felt powerless to say no to
Strauss-Kahn sodomising them during sex parties.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Photo / AP 

But their lawyer
said on Monday that they felt unable to prove that the former political
heavyweight knew the women were prostitutes and were dropping their
civil case against him.
It was running in parallel to the
criminal trial in which Strauss-Kahn and 13 others are charged with
pimping and could face up to 10 years in prison.
The trial in the
northern city of Lille has entered its third and final week, with
lawyers and prosecutors set to sum up their cases after a fortnight of
often lurid accounts about the orgies.

One of the ex-prostitutes, Jade, said the forced sodomy
carried out by Strauss-Kahn was evidence he knew he was with 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,” she told the court last week.
But Strauss-Kahn argued he
was not on trial for “deviant sexual practices” and was “horrified at
the practice of using prostitutes”.

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