Prosecutors set to drop DSK sex charges

French prosecutors have recommended the dismissal of pimping charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, signalling a possible end to the former IMF chief’s legal battle over sex scandals that destroyed his career.

Prosecutors set to drop DSK sex charges

Strauss-Kahn was charged last year with helping to procure prostitutes for sex parties in one of a string of cases that came to light after he was forced to resign from his IMF job over an alleged sex attack on a New York hotel maid.

But the prosecutor’s office in Lille, where some parties took place, has announced it considered the evidence against Strauss-Kahn and one other man, Jean-Luc Vergin, as insufficient for them to be sent to trial.

The prosecutor recommended that 12 other men be tried but said the gravity of their alleged pimping should be downgraded by dropping a charge that they had operated as part of an organised gang.

The judge in charge of the case now has a month to decide whether to follow the prosecutor’s advice or to insist on Strauss-Kahn standing trial.

In France it is not unusual for judges to ignore prosecutors’ recommendations but Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers voiced confidence their client would be cleared.

“I’m happy the prosecutor shares our view that there is no admissible evidence of any crime or offence having been committed,” lawyer Henri Leclerc said.

Strauss-Kahn, 64, admits attending sex parties in France and the US but insists he did not know some women were being paid.

His lawyers argued he could not have known they were prostitutes as he had only ever seen them naked.

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