Former chief of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released on bail on Monday, after eight hours of questions, and handed preliminary charges for involvement in a high-profile pimping ring. According to CNN, in just the past year, Strauss-Kahn has seen the disintegration of his reputation due to links with several sex allegations.
He stepped down from his IMF position last year after being accused of sexual assault by a main in a New York hotel. Now, Strauss-Kahn is officially warned that he is under investigation for “aggravated pimping." According to ABC-CBN News, charges were made after a French investigation of Belgian prostitutes who had been hired to work at luxury hotels in Lille and Paris.
Although prostitution isn't illegal in France, prosecutors are trying to prove that Strauss-Kahn had already known the prostitutes from an organized pimping ring. CBS reports that he was intially under investigation unders suspicion his friends who had hired the prostitutes, had paid for them with company funds, and that Strauss-Kahn had benefitted from the misconduct. According to the Washington Post, procurement is a crime that is punishible for up to 20 years, Strauss-Kahn is at risk of going to jail.
However, defense lawyer Richard Malka maintains that Strauss-Kahn did not know the prostitutes were a part of a pimping ring hired by his hosts, according to the New York Times,Malka argues that Strauss-Kahn did not pay for the services.Eight other people have also been charged with involvement in the case.
The preliminary charges made, calls for further investigation. Strauss-Kahn has been barred from speaking to anyone regarding his investigation and is not allowed any media contact.
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