Trial Begins for Dominique Strauss-Kahn in France

Trial has begun in France for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and more than a dozen others on organized pandering charges (technically called "proxénétisme aggravé," which translates as aggravated procuring for the purposes of prostitution.) The charges result from a long-term financial investigation dubbed the Carlton Affair, into whether DSK knew that prostitutes who attended various business functions were part of an organized solicitation effort by businessmen and hotels using unlawful corporate funds. Background here and here.

Prostitution is legal in France. Profiting from prostitution (supplying them to others) is not. The issue is whether DSK was "complicit" in the acts of the businessmen who supplied the prostitutes or knew the businessmen were using corporate funds to pay the prostitutes. DSK has said he attended the parties but did not know the women were prostitutes. Other defendants include a senior police chief and businessmen. DSK is represented by the Henri Le Clerc, now 84. His view: [More...]

He has admitted he took part in group sex but denied knowing that women at the orgies were prostitutes. “I challenge you to tell the difference between a naked prostitute and a naked woman of the world,” his lawyer, Henri Leclerc, said in 2011.

This case is not about DSK's morals and he isn't charged with physically abusing anyone. His arrest in New York is irrelevant. (Comments with personal attacks on DSK or potentially libelous statements will be deleted.)

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