GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Former IMF (international Monetary Fund) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged Monday evening 26 March with involvement in a prostitution ring in the northern French city of Lille.
Investigating judges in a case known in France as the Carlton Affair accused Strauss-Kahn of “aggravated pimping”. He was required to pay a bail of €100, 000 and forbidden to contact any witnesses in the case or the press.
The charges state that the former IMF chief had violated of a French legal code regarding pimping which is defined as “committed by anyone in any manner aiding, assisting, or protecting the prostitution of others” according to Le Figaro. If found guilty, Strauss-Kahn faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Strauss-Kahn was accused last year of sexual assault in two separate cases, including attacking a hotel maid in New York. Both charges were later dropped.
He denied the latest accusations in Lille. His lawyer, Richard Malka, stated in front of the courthouse that his client “never had the least inkling that the women he met could have been prostitutes”.