Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “What a waste.”
12 June, 2015
“All that for this?” Strauss-Kahn said as he rose to leave the courtroom with his girlfriend and adult daughter. “What a waste.”
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared by a French court of “aggravated pimping” charges.The judges said there was no proof he knew that some of the women he had sex with at orgies were prostitutes. The judge Bernard Lemaire read out in Lille’s courthouse on Friday (12 June).he 147 pages-long judgment, the soirées organised in Washington were outside French jurisdiction.
A verdict by the Lille court will be read on June 12. The withdrawal from the case of four prostitutes and an association appeared to show the case against Mr Strauss-Kahn weakening.
[February 17 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: The Next French presidential election in April and May 2017.]
Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre called for the acquittal of the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on charges of pimping. He said neither the investigation nor the evidence heard in court had established that he was guilty. Lawyers for an association that had filed suit announced February 17 that it was abandoning its pursuit of Strauss-Kahn. Only one association, a group pushing to abolish prostitution called Nid or “nest,” maintained its accusations against Strauss-Kahn and his 13 co-defendants. Chief judge Bernard Lemaire opened the trial by stressing the court would not judge sexual activities among consenting adults. “The court,” he said, “is not the guardian of moral order, but of the law.”
[February 16 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “We did not have that quantum of confidence.”]
Strauss-Kahn, “didn’t give up” during questioning by judges, repeatedly denying knowledge that the women were prostitutes. Lawyers for the four prostitutes who participated in sex parties organized for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on February 16 they were giving up their claim of damages, saying it would be too hard to prove the pimping charge against the former IMF head.
Terms of the confidential settlement of New York chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo’s civil suit against Strauss-Kahn have never been disclosed. The chambermaid and her daughter are doing well she runs Chez Amina, serving up African, American and Spanish food. New York Prosecutors dismissed all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stating that the Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault had told so many lies that her story could no longer be considered reliable. The New York prosecutor said “We did not have that quantum of confidence.”
[February 12 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: using the word ‘equipment’ to refer to women was “inappropriate”]Dominique Strauss-Kahn testified February 12 that using the word ‘equipment’ to refer to women was “inappropriate” but the use of the phrase doesn’t mean he saw them as sex workers.
[February 10 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “If I had known that I would not have gone along,”]
Strauss-Kahn took the stand to answer questions from the lead judge. Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that despite the idea given in court papers of “frenetic activity”, the group-sex sessions were organised four times a year, in a period when he was very busy “saving the world from catastrophe” at the time of the sub-prime crisis. At the same time, he said, he had a “complicated relationship” with his wife, Anne Sinclair, a French journalist. Asked whether he never suspected that any of the seven women who came to the “swingers’ parties – often alone- were prostitutes, Mr Strauss-Kahn said “never”.“If I had known that I would not have gone along,” he said, adding: “I thought they were coming for the excitement and the adventure. I never thought they were coming just for me.”
[February 6 ]
Testifying on February 5, Dominique Alderweireld, better known as “Dodo le Saumure” (which roughly translates as Dodo the Pimp), whose businesses are based in Belgium, accused of bussing prostitutes over the border to work in Lille’s Carlton Hotel, denied shipping prostitutes to France for profit, including the orgies in which DSK was reported to have participated. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due to give evidence next February 10.
[February 3 Jade describes sex work with DSK in Lille, Belgium, and Washington, D.C.]
An ex-prostitute nicknamed “Jade” explained how Rene Kojfer, 74, former public relations manager for the Carlton and her employer Dominique Alderweireld, a notorious brothel owner in Belgium just across the border who is known as “Dodo the Pimp” would organize for her and other women to attend lunchtime sex parties at a private Lille apartment. The judge asked her directly what she was paid for: “Well, I wasn’t there doing the cleaning”, she retorted. Jade, who has two children, bespectacled and with a brunette bob, dressed in neutral colors with a scarf wrapped tightly around her neck. [3 novembre 2011 police trial of divisional commissioner Jean-Christophe Lagarde , head of the North departmental safety.] Jade’s first offer was to go to Paris to participate in a sexual afternoon in a hotel In 2009,l. There she met Dominique Strauss-Kahn. “We were 10 to 15 people. There was a buzz. Everyone kept saying “it will happen, ‘” she described. A few months later, when she stopped working for Dodo brine, David Pug offered again. This time it’s a trip to a swingers club in Belgium, again with the former director of the IMF. “I think he liked me,” she says, adding that “it has always been courteous and delicate.” Each time, she says Avoie paid by cash, Fabrice Paszkowski.
Jade tells a third and final meeting with Dominique Strauss-Kahn in early 2010, in Washington. She says she left with Fabrice Paszkowski and Jean-Christophe Lagarde, a divisional commissioner indicted in an alleged case of pandering. The young woman said to have had sex one night in a hotel. She tells of visiting IMF headquarters with DSK, who was then still CEO.
David Pug offered her another trip to Washington, which she can not participate, then stops the contact. Today, she says that the parties were “nice” but that “prostitution, it marks you for life.” “I can never forget,” she says.
Strauss-Kahn was charged with “aggravated pimping” in the Lille case in 2012, as investigators said he played an organizing role in the ring. While prostitution and paying for sex aren’t illegal in France, procuring prostitutes for others is.
The accusations “contradict all good legal sense,” his defense team said in a December 2012 statement. Strauss-Kahn was “serene” about the trial and was confident the court will clear him.
The trial will run through Feb. 20, and may be extended by a week, though the judges’ verdict will come later, . If convicted, he could face 10 years in jail and a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) fine.
[January 28 DSK trial opens February 2, 2015 on charge of procuring prostitutes]
[March 27 2012 DSK will appeal charge of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an “organized gang.”]
Counsel for Dominique Strauss-Kahn announced plans to appeal the decision of indictment, stating that the latter state to be guilty of any of the facts alleged against him.
“It goes without saying that we will seek the annulment of that decision” of indictment, said lawyer Henri Leclerc, one of three lawyers Dominique Strauss-Kahn, after hearing of his client.
”proxénétisme aggravé en bande organisée”
Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was released on bail of 100,000 euros (£84,000; $135,000) after questioning in the northern city of Lille.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged alleging with involvement in a French prostitution ring.
Investigating judges questioned Strauss-Kahn for several hours March 26. Strauss-Kahn was accused of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an “organized gang.”
The preliminary charges in Lille—procurement as part of a group of acquaintances based in Lille–meant the magistrates there concluded Strauss-Kahn’s conduct, along with the others, should be investigated further with an eye to putting him on trial. They did not mean he was accused of employing or profiting from the work of prostitutes.
Under French law, prostitution is tolerated but procurement is a crime punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment, meaning Strauss-Kahn in theory risks going to jail. The magistrates did not pursue the other allegations under investigation, which alleged Strauss-Kahn participated in corruption because his partners in the sex parties put prostitutes’ bills and other charges on their company expense accounts. His lawyer Malka says Strauss-Kahn denies wrongdoing. The lawyer also says it is wrong to prosecute Strauss-Kahn for “simple libertine activity.”
Under French law, preliminary charges mean authorities have reason to believe a crime was committed but allow more time for investigation.
Strauss-Kahn quit the International Monetary Fund after a New York hotel maid said he sexually assaulted her in May. The charges were later dropped. Using prostitutes is not illegal in France. But potential charges hang on whether investigating magistrates are convinced Mr Strauss-Kahn was aware the women he had sex with in restaurants, hotels and swingers’ clubs in Paris and several European capitals were prostitutes paid for using company funds.