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Tuesday
Feb212012

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."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun242011

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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May192011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Indicted by New York Grand Jury

Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was indicted on four major felony charges Thursday, in a seven-count indictment.

The major charges include two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count of attempted rape. The other major count is sex abuse in the first degree. The other counts in the indictment include sexual abuse in the third degree, forcible touching, and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree.

Strauss-Kahn was led into the courtroom Thursday wearing a light gray suit. He appeared to give a tight-lipped smile to his attorney before attempting to turn to look at his wife, French television journalist Anne Sinclair. Sinclair and the couple's daughter held hands on a front row court bench as they waited for the bail hearing to begin.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
May182011

IMF Case: Maid's Testimony to Emphasize 'Nothing Consensual'

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Investigators say they are conducting DNA tests on bodily fluids found in the Manhattan hotel room where IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted a chambermaid, while his accuser prepares to testify before a grand jury.

The housekeeper, a native of the West African country of Guinea, was to testify in court Wednesday that "there was nothing consensual" about the assault that allegedly took place Saturday, her lawyer Jeffrey Shapiro said.

Her testimony and new physical evidence will be introduced in an effort to swat down what will likely be Strauss-Kahn's defense; that he and the maid, 32, had consensual sex in his $3,000-a-night suite at the Sofitel Hotel. Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman told the judge at a bail hearing Monday that "the evidence, we believe, will not be consistent with a forcible encounter," shedding light on the narrative Strauss-Kahn's lawyer might use to explain the encounter.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, is accused of forcing the housekeeper to perform oral sex and submit to anal sex. He is also accused of sexual assault and attempted rape.

Prosecutors plan to introduce evidence that they say corroborates the housekeeper's story.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
May162011

IMF Chief Denied Bail, Sent Back to Jail on Sex Charges

Harold Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A New York City judge denied bail to International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday before sending him to jail until Friday, calling him a flight risk despite arguments to the contrary by his high-powered defense team.

His attorneys had denied the seven counts against him, which included allegedly forcing a housekeeper at the Sofitel Hotel to perform oral sex, and allegedly forcing her to submit to anal sex after allegedly taking her prisoner inside a $3,000 a night luxury suite.

All told, he has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, one count of attempted rape, sexual abuse in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment, sexual abuse in the third degree and forcible touching. The complaint charges that he forcibly touched the housekeeper's breasts, attempted to pull off her panty hose, twice "forcibly made contact with his penis and the informant's mouth" and that "the defendant engaged in oral sexual conduct and anal sexual conduct with another person by forcible compulsion."

The office of District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. asked that Strauss-Kahn be remanded to jail, a course of action that took shape in the hours after Strauss-Kahn's arrest Saturday as the prosecutor's office wrestled with how to balance the rights of the accused with the facts of the case, and his potential to flee their jurisdiction.

"This guy has every reason to run, and the law may even help him hide from this situation," one investigator said. He has personal, political and financial resources to evade capture, the DA's office said in open court. He is, an assistant district attorney said, an "incurable" flight risk.

The international money man was already aboard a plane scheduled to depart for Paris when police caught up with him Saturday, moments before the door to Air France Flight 23 was to be closed. He was sitting calmly, reading a magazine when Port Authority Police approached him to take him from the plane, officials said.

Strauss-Kahn, until this weekend, oversaw the International Monetary Fund, a body established to keep the global monetary system stable, with the ability to lend hundreds of billions of dollars.

He was considered a legitimate contender for the French presidency in an upcoming election, and his arrest has reportedly sparked "shock and disbelief" in France.

He will be placed in a protected unit inside the city jail at Rikers Island, according to city Department of Corrections officials.

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