Strauss-Kahn upset with link to prostitution ring
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn wants an end to all ‘insinuations’ against him, with the latest ones suggesting that he was involved in a prostitution ring and had allegedly taken help of a police chief to have an orgy in a Paris hotel.Updated: Oct 18, 2011 17:21 IST
A lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn has said that the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief wants an end to all ‘insinuations’ against him, with the latest ones suggesting that he was involved in a prostitution ring.
It was reported yesterday that Strauss-Kahn had allegedly taken help of a police chief, who was supposed to have guarded Strauss-Kahn had he became President of France, to have an orgy in a Paris hotel.
The police chief is also said to have accompanied prostitutes to New York to meet up with the controversial man when he was in charge of the International Monetary Fund.
However, the controversial IMF chief’s lawyer Frédérique Beaulieu said that his client wanted "to put an end to these insinuations and extrapolations", adding Strauss-Kahn had not yet been contacted by police, The Independent reports.
Prosecutors in Lille are investigating a suspected prostitution ring in France and Belgium. The head of the luxury Hotel Carlton in Lille was among those detained.
The weekly Journal du Dimanche said Strauss-Kahn's name surfaced in the investigation as a possible client.
The allegations related to Jean-Christophe Lagarde are not only embarrassing for Strauss-Kahn, but also point to wide-scale corruption at the heart of French political life.
The paper quoted a Journal du Dimanche (JDD) newspaper report as saying that the illegal prostitute racket not only provided girls for luxury French hotels like the Carlton in Lille, but also ones in the US. They are thought to have been selected for Strauss-Kahn by Dominique Alderweireld, a 62-year-old "pimp" nicknamed Dodo, who made a number of trips to see Strauss-Kahn in New York. He has since been arrested.
A prostitute had also told them that the pair organised an orgy in the spring of 2010 "in a duplex suite of a luxury central Paris hotel."
Strauss-Kahn was recently cleared of charges of raping a French writer, though it was proved that he had sexual contact with the lady.
First Published: Oct 18, 2011 17:15 IST