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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Questioned in Hooker Orgy Investigation

Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images(LILLE, France) -- A one-time French presidential hopeful formerly accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York City is being questioned by police again, this time over his alleged involvement in illegal, prostitution-serviced orgies in France.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund and once likely French presidential favorite, arrived at a police station in Lille, France, on Tuesday where he will be interrogated by police for up to 48 hours for allegedly "procuring" a handful of hookers for an orgy in the northern French town, an official close to the investigation told ABC News.

Strauss-Kahn's alleged involvement in several orgies from Paris to Washington, D.C. -- all of which reportedly involving hookers -- came to light during a wider police investigation into a prostitution ring that began last fall, according to French and international news services.

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Dubbed "The Carlton Affair" by the French media after one of the hotels in Lille, where the alleged parties took place, the investigation has also reportedly implicated several hotel employees, a lawyer, and a high ranking police official in France.

One of Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, Henri Lecleric, told reporters that his client wanted to tell his side of the story. In December, Lecleric defended Strauss-Kahn, saying that though his client certainly participated in the orgies, he was "blissfully unaware" anyone involved could be a prostitute.

"He could easily not have known, because as you can imagine, at these kinds of parties you're not always dressed, and I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman," Lecleric reportedly told French radio Europe 1 then.

The official close to the case told ABC News that Strauss-Kahn is only being questioned Tuesday for his alleged actions in Lille, but investigators could turn over any evidence uncovered to authorities elsewhere later.

Another of Strauss-Kahn's lawyers is present for his questioning Tuesday, the official told ABC News. Lecleric's office has not responded to a request for comment on this report.

Strauss-Kahn found himself in the center of a legal and media firestorm in New York City after he was accused by a hotel maid of sexual assault in May 2011. Sofitel Hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo claimed that Strauss-Kahn tried to force oral sex on her.

Those charges, however, were dropped in August after prosecutors said Diallo gave unreliable accounts of what took place during the alleged incident. After the charges were dropped, Strauss-Kahn said the sexual contact was "consensual but stupid."

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Hotel Surveillance Tape Airs on French TV

Jim Spellman/Wire Image(PARIS) -- French television has aired surveillance footage from the New York City hotel where former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly tried to sexually attack a maid.

Video from hotel security cameras show Strauss-Kahn leaving the Sofitel Hotel moments after he's alleged to have attempted to rape a maid.  Nafissatou Diallo is seen calling hotel security personnel, who then call New York City police.

Prosecutors dropped the criminal charges after they became unsure of Diallo's credibility.  But her attorneys say the video is "further proof" that Diallo is telling the truth.

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Strauss-Kahn: Accuser's 'Suggestive Look' Was 'Invitation for Sex'

Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images(PARIS) -- The episode in a New York City hotel that ended the career of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn began with what his biographer calls a “suggestive look.”  

In the first published account from Strauss-Kahn’s perspective, Affaires DSK: The Second Inquiry, author Michael Taubman says that when Strauss-Kahn emerged from the shower naked Nafissatou Diallo, a Sofitel maid, gave him a “suggestive look” which he took as an “invitation for sex.”  He also says she stole his IMF-issued Blackberry as she left the room.

Diallo’s lawyers, Kenneth Thompson and Douglas Wigdor, reject Strauss-Kahn’s version of the story.

“Strauss Kahn’s absurd claim that Ms. Diallo was told to steal his Blackberry and somehow looked at him seductively and consented to his violent and abusive sexual acts is complete fantasy,” they said in a statement, adding that they “look forward to questioning him at trial about the sick and deranged acts he committed against Ms. Diallo.”

Diallo is pursuing a civil lawsuit even though criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn were dropped by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

In the book, Strauss-Kahn describes the six-minute encounter that occurred on May 14 with Diallo as “consensual but stupid.”  He also alleges it was part of a smear campaign to ruin his chances of running for the French presidency.  He abandoned his bid, but his attorneys never used the political excuse as part of their defense.

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France Drops DSK Attempted Rape Inquiry

Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images(PARIS) -- French police have dropped an inquiry into allegations that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape a French writer in 2003, French prosecutors said today.

"There aren't enough elements of evidence to pursue an attempted rape case," said a statement released today by a Parisian court. But the statement said the inquiry did find "facts that can be qualified as sexual assault have been recognized."

The prosecutors said that investigators could not go forward with a sexual assault case because the statute of limitations had long passed.

The French writer, Tristane Banon, said the alleged incident took place in 2003, but did not come forward with the accusations until July 2011.

Strauss-Kahn, already a high-profile figure in France, came under the international spotlight in May 2011 when he was arrested in New York City after a hotel maid there, Nafissatou Diallo, accused him of assaulting her. All charges in that case were dropped in August.

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In First Public Interview, Strauss-Kahn Calls Maid Incident a 'Moral Failure'

Harold Cunningham/Getty Images(PARIS) -- In his first public interview since his May 14 arrest over sexual assault allegations, Dominique Strauss-Kahn said he was "trampled and humiliated" in the U.S. judicial system, and called his encounter with a hotel maid "a moral failure."

Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund and a once -- and possibly future -- likely candidate for president of France, said he had not spoken publicly before the interview Sunday on France's TF1 television channel because he "wanted to speak in front of the French first."

During the 20-minute interview, Strauss-Kahn acknowledged his sexual encounter with Nofissatou Diallo, a New York hotel maid, but said the incident didn't include violence, constraint or aggression.  He repeatedly said the incident was a "moral failing" on his part, but not a crime.

"It was a moral failure.  I have regretted it every day for the last four months, and I am not done regretting it," Strauss-Kahn said.  He called his wife an "exceptional woman" who supported him from the first moment because she believed he was innocent.

He called the sexual encounter with Diallo a "failure vis-à-vis my wife, my children and my friends."

In May, Diallo accused Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in his hotel suite.  He was arrested and charged with sexual assault and attempted rape, but charges against him were dismissed last month after prosecutors said the accuser had changed her story too many times.

Strauss-Kahn is still facing a pending civil case, which he said is "weird for the French that when the charges are dropped, a civil case can move forward, but that's American law."

He repeated the claims some others have made that Diallo had financial motivations for accusing him of assault.  With repeated references to the prosecutor's report in the case in New York, Strauss-Kahn maintained that Diallo "lied" about the nature of the encounter.

When asked about how the U.S. justice system treated him, he said he was "very scared."

"When you are in the jaws of the machine, you think it can chew you up," he said.  "I was trampled and humiliated before I could defend myself."

He also said he suffered violence and that he "lost a lot," but he acknowledged that others in the same situation could have lost more.

Of the other accusations against him by Tristane Banon, a writer who has accused him of sexual assault, Strauss-Kahn said there was no aggression or violence in that instance either, but that the case is ongoing, so he wouldn't make any further comment.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Returns Home to France

Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Former International Monetary Chief Dominique Strauss Kahn is back home in France today for the first time since a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in May.

The French presidential hopeful was greeted by camera flashes upon his return to Paris.

Last month, a judge in New York threw out the sexual assault case brought against him.

The ruling came after the judge rejected a plea by Strauss-Kahn's accuser, hotel maid Naifissatou Diallo, to have the Manhattan district attorney's office replaced by a special prosecutor.

New York Criminal Court Judge Michael Obus granted a motion from prosecutors to dismiss all charges against the international power broker known simply as DSK, ending a highly publicized prosecution without answering the question of what really happened between Strauss-Kahn and the maid assigned to clean his hotel suite.

"I see no basis to deny that application" to dismiss the charges, Obus said. An appellate court upheld the decision.

"These past two and a half months have been a nightmare for me and my family," Strauss-Kahn said outside his Manhattan apartment after the ruling. "I am most deeply grateful to my wife and family who have gone through this ordeal with me."

What was once viewed as a "strong" case based on an "unwavering" accuser fell apart amid "substantial" questions about the maid's credibility.

Assistant District Attorneys Joan Illuzzi-Orbon and Artie McConnell said the accuser "provided shifting and inconsistent versions of the events" and therefore they can't be sure "of what actually happened" "We were no longer able to credit her version beyond a reasonable doubt" Illuzzi-Orbon said in court.

"We respectfully request that the court dismiss the indictment," she said.

During the investigation into the incident, prosecutors say, Diallo presented three different versions of the alleged assault and lied under oath.

Her credibility "cannot withstand the most basic evaluation," prosecutors said in the motion.

"Joan Illuzzi basically told Ms. Diallo that they were dismissing the case, claiming because she lied to them," Diallo's attorney, Kenneth Thompson said. "They totally disrespected Ms. Diallo by walking out on her while she was trying to ask them a question."

Strauss-Kahn had long maintained he was innocent of the charges.

"We have maintained from the beginning of this case that our client is innocent," Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, William W. Taylor and Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement. "We also maintained that there were many reasons to believe that Mr. Strauss-Kahn's accuser was not credible. Mr. Strauss-Kahn and his family are grateful that the district attorney's office took our concerns seriously and concluded on its own that this case cannot proceed further."

Thompson accused Vance's office of treating his client "abusively." He said the office failed to refute a New York Post article that called Diallo a hooker.

Thompson also claimed the DA's office was predisposed to dismissing a case it once called "strong."

Strauss-Kahn was a favorite to win next year's presidential elections in France before his arrest. Now polls show four out of five people don't won't him to run. He faces an investigation into allegations of attempted rape in France.

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Authorities Return Passport to Dominique Strauss-Kahn 

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Authorities have returned the passport of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, once accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, BBC News reports.

Strauss-Kahn was under strict detention in New York City since his arrest in May until prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charges against him, citing concerns about his accuser's credibility.  Attorneys for Strauss-Kahn assert that any sexual encounter between their client and hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, was consensual.

Once thought to be the next candidate to run for president of France, Strauss-Kahn is eager to return home to the country.

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Christine Lagarde Appointed To Head IMF

MEDEF International/French Business Confederation(PARIS) -- French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has been appointed to lead the International Monetary Fund, replacing Dominique Strauss-Kahn who was ousted from the position amid accusations of sexual assault last month.

Lagarde, the first woman to hold the post, appeared to have the upper hand from the beginning -- though there was a push for someone outside the troubled Euro-zone and someone from a country outside the usual club of rich nations to succeed Strauss-Kahn.

The announcement of Lagarde's appointment comes just hours after the Obama administration announced its support for Lagarde.

“Minister Lagarde’s exceptional talent and broad experience will provide invaluable leadership for this indispensable institution at a critical time for the global economy,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a written statement.

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Obama Administration Backs Christine Lagarde to Lead IMF

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration announced Tuesday that the U.S. is throwing its support behind French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde to take over as the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), replacing Dominique Strauss-Kahn who was ousted from the position amid accusations of sexual assault last month.

“Minister Lagarde’s exceptional talent and broad experience will provide invaluable leadership for this indispensable institution at a critical time for the global economy,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a written statement.

By endorsing Lagarde, the U.S. essentially guarantees she will win the position over Mexico’s central bank governor, Agustin Carstens, who Geithner commended for “his strong and very credible candidacy.”  Lagarde would be the first woman at the helm of the lending organization.

The U.S., which has the largest vote on the IMF’s board, has been silent until now about who should replace Strauss-Kahn.  Geithner said on Tuesday that the administration was “encouraged by the broad support” that Lagarde secured from the Fund’s membership, including emerging economies.

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French Lawyer Looking for Other Dominique Strauss-Kahn Victims

Harold Cunningham/Getty Images(PARIS) -- A respected French lawyer confirms to ABC News that he is looking for other potential victims of Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the request of the hotel maid who accused him of attempted rape.

The 62-year-old former head of the International Monetary Fund remains under house arrest in New York.

Prosecutors have said there are other instances of sexual assault in Strauss-Kahn's past but they have not responded to a defense request to disclose whether they plan to bring that up at trial.

Strauss-Kahn has pleaded not guilty and is facing 25 years in prison if convicted.

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