Pimp defends Strauss-Kahn on sex charges

A pimp has come to the defence of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying the disgraced former IMF boss is innocent of charges of supplying prostitutes for sex parties.

Pimp defends Strauss-Kahn on sex charges

The bizarre twist came 24 hours after Strauss-Kahn came face-to-face with a call girl in court.

Belgian national Dominique Alderweireld, who has previous convictions for pimping, faces the same charges as Strauss-Kahn.

Alderweireld told Canal Plus television it was likely Strauss-Kahn was too busy to have arranged the parties.

“I think that with his work at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) he had other things to do than organise orgies,” he said.

Alderweireld was speaking as Strauss-Kahn came face-to-face with a prostitute in a courtroom in Lille during his trial for “aggravated pimping as part of an organised gang”.

The one-time favourite to be French president was confronted with the escort girl as part of prosecutors’ attempts to assess their different versions of events that have led to him being charged.

“All I can tell you is that a confrontation took place in a respectful atmosphere and we are not at all unhappy,” one of the Socialist politician’s lawyers, Henri Leclerc, said after the four-hour hearing.

The legal team failed in a December bid to have the pimping charges dismissed in the only outstanding case against their client.

Strauss-Kahn last month agreed a financial settlement with a New York hotel maid whose 2011 allegation of sexual assault forced him to resign from his IMF job and wrecked his chances of becoming president.

Strauss-Kahn admitted a sexual encounter took place, but insisted it was consensual. A criminal investigation into the incident collapsed after the maid changed her version of events.

French writer Tristane Banon accused him of trying to rape her in 2003. Investigators concluded that while there was evidence of sexual assault, the alleged attack had occurred too long ago to be prosecuted.

Strauss-Kahn was also investigated over an allegation that he had taken part in the gang rape of a Belgian prostitute. The case was dropped when she recanted and said she had consented to sex.

French prosecutors, however, are convinced they have a case against Strauss-Kahn in what as known as the “Carlton affair”.

It centres around allegations that business leaders and police officials in Lille operated a vice ring supplying girls for sex parties, some of which are said to have taken place at the city’s Carlton Hotel.

The socialist politician has admitted attending sex parties in France and the US, but he has always claimed he did not know the women had been paid for their services.

Strauss Kahn’s lawyers have argued that he could not have known as the female participants were naked during the events.

“He could easily not have known, because as you can imagine, at these kind of parties you’re not always dressed.

“I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman,” Henri Leclerc told Radio Europe 1 in December.

Alderweireld is the 10th person to be charged with aggravated pimping in the case. His nickname is Dodo la Saumure, a reference to the curing liquid used for mackerel, which is French slang for “pimp”.

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