Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn to face trial in France on pimping charges related to sex parties attended by the man whose presidential hopes were dashed by a separate 2011 U.S. sex scandal. Mana Rabiee reports.
Former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be tried in France on pimping charges starting Monday. It comes after a long inquiry into sex parties involving prostitutes which he allegedly attended at the Carlton hotel in the northern city of Lille. The so-called Carlton affair involves 13 other people under investigation, some facing additional charges of fraud and abuse of corporate funds. Strauss-Kahn has acknowledged attending the parties but says he didn't realize the women involved were prostitutes. Because the parties allegedly involved several prostitutes, he'll stand trial on the more serious charge of "aggravated pimping." It carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a 1.5 million euro fine. Strauss-Kahn says he is being hounded unfairly over his lifestyle in a country where prostitution is legal. The 64-year-old former French finance minister once had presidential aspirations -- but those were dashed by a separate sex scandal in the U.S. in 2011.