Dominique Strauss-Kahn: French prosecutors urge dropping 'pimping' charges


Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyers met Wednesday to possibly set a plea bargain or even drop the charges altogether. Strauss-Kahn may get off on charges, due to recent questions concerning the integrity of the maid who is accusing him of attempted rape.


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French prosecutors are urging charges be dropped against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in his prostitution case.

If dismissed, it could bring to an end to a recent string of sex scandals that have plagued and crippled his career.

Citing a court statement, the BBC reported the court prosecutor said the charges of "aggravated pimping... were not sufficient."

The case revolves around Strauss-Kahn's participation and involvement in a number of alleged sex orgies that took place in Lille, France, know as the "Carlton affair."

While the former IMF leader has admitted to attending the sex parties, he claims he did not know the women were paid prostitutes.

The judge must now decide whether or not to drop the case or take it to trial. A final decision is due in the next month, according to the Financial Times.

“We hope that the judges will follow the recommendation of the prosecutor and will set aside moral and subjective judgments,” Richard Malka, a lawyer for Strauss-Kahn told the FT.

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This is not the first time Strauss-Kahn has encountered legal woes.

In 2012, he reached a settlement in a sexual assault case with a New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo which made headline around the globe.

US prosecutors eventually dropped the criminal charges but Diallo sued him on civil charges which resulted in an out-of-court payment.