DSK, here we go again: held for questioning in Lille

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (photo, IMF)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), former head of the International Monetary Fund, is being held for two and possibly three days in Lille, France, for questioning by police about sex parties organized by his friends. Strauss-Kahn has reportedly told police he took part in the parties but that he was unaware the women involved may have been prostitutes or that the parties were paid for out of funds set aside illegally by companies managed by his friends.

DSK is one of several men questioned about what is being called the Carlton Affair, after the name of the Lille hotel where the parties were held. If police determine he was more involved than he claims, he could be charged with pimping and receiving embezzled funds.

The case dates back a year and the new Huffington Post France, edited by DSK’s wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, offers a Q&A on the affair, while Le Monde, provides a timeline, both in French.

The former Socialist candidate for the French presidency moved back to France after the court case against him was dropped, involving rape charges by a maid in New York. He then faced off with a French journalist who said he had attacked her sexually a few years earlier.