Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund, has been arrested and charged with hiring prostitutes employed in an international prostitution ring, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Lille, France said.
Authorities believe that the Frenchman participated in a series of illegal sex parties with call girls at restaurants and swinger clubs in Washington, Paris, Madrid Vienna and Ghent, Belgium.
More Humiliation: Dominique Strauss-Kahn. File Pic.
His lawyer has admitted he took part in the orgies, but claims he didn’t know they were prostitutes.
“He could easily not have known, because as you can imagine, at these kind of parties you’re not always dressed,” said his lawyer Henri Leclerc. He paid $134,000 bail and was released under the condition he does not communicate with others targeted in the probe.
Investigators are exploring the ring’s ties to organised crime and the misuse of corporate funds.
French prosecutors believe that Strauss-Kahn’s last sex party was in DC in May 2011, just before he was busted in New York for attacking a hotel maid. Though he maintained his innocence, the charges ruined his political future.