Strauss-Kahn ‘booked prostitute for club orgy’

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has denied charges of pimping. Picture: AP

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has denied charges of pimping. Picture: AP

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THE former head of the International Monetary Fund has been confronted in court by a second woman who said he subjected her to a sex act against her will.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on trial in Lille, France, on a charge of “aggravated pimping” – aiding and abetting the prostitution of seven women – which carries a possible ten-year prison term. The case against him is that, while holding the most senior economic job in the world in Washington, he had group sex with prostitutes specifically brought to him in Europe and the United States, organised by French businessmen friends at his instigation.

He strongly denies knowing the women were prostitutes and maintains he thought they were just “swingers” like himself. He denies all pimping charges.

The court heard from Jade, a sex worker allegedly paid by friends of Strauss-Kahn to attend group sex evenings. She said she had been booked to have sex with Strauss-Kahn at an orgy with him at a swingers’ club, The Tantra, in the Belgian countryside in autumn 2009.

She told the court that on 
arrival at the club she saw a scene she described as “butchery”, with about 40 people “all on a mattress on the floor”. She had been paid €500 by two friends of Strauss-Kahn but said she did not want to take part in group sex, so she stayed at the bar.

Later, a friend of Strauss-Kahn suggested Jade should give him and his girlfriend a lift in her car into Brussels, where Strauss-Kahn was staying for meetings.

The trial continues.

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