Dominique Strauss Kahn kan ha deltatt i en gjengvoldtekt av prostituerte i Washington.
Mandag ble han tiltalt for å ha deltatt i organisert hallikvirksomhet med prostituerte fra Belgia som ble transportert til orgier i luksushotell i Paris og Lille og USA.
Flere respekterte forretningsmenn og polititjenestemenn i Lille er innblandet. Saken kalles nå Carlton-affæren etter navnet på hotellet i Lille der partyene foregikk. DSK inngikk i en ring som organiserte partyene.
DSK risikerer 20 års fengsel.
Strauss-Kahn’s name came up as police were investigating a pimping operation that saw sex workers from brothels over the Belgian border being brought to France for orgies in high-class hotels in Lille and Paris.
Strauss-Kahn admits that he took part in some of these parties, one of which was said to involve women being flown to Washington to entertain him while he was still managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
But, through his lawyers, he has denied knowing the escorts were paid.
Using prostitutes is not illegal in France, but prosecutors are seeking proof that Strauss-Kahn was aware the parties were arranged by an organised pimping ring and paid for by other guests misusing company funds.
Several Lille-based businessmen and policemen have been accused of taking part in the ring. Strauss-Kahn told police he did not suspect the women were prostitutes because he was introduced to them by senior police officers.
Nå kan han også bli tiltalt for gjengvoldtekt. Etterforskerne varslet fredag påtalemakten om at en slik forbrytelse kan ha foregått, og myndighetene skal ta stilling til om saken skal etterforskes.
On Friday, a spokesman for the state prosecutor’s office in the northern French city of Lille said that investigating magistrates had submitted new evidence that could also implicate the men in a gang rape.
“The Lille prosecutor was presented by the magistrates charged with investigating the ‘Carlton affair’ with a notice to make known, for whatever useful purpose, evidence of gang rape,” the spokesman said.
The notice is based on testimony from a Belgian sex worker who alleged she was forced to take part in sex acts against her will at a party attended by Strauss-Kahn and his friends in a Washington hotel suite in December 2010.
Another escort present at the party partially confirmed her statement, but neither has sought to press charges.