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DSK says he didn't know the women he had orgies with were prostitutes

Topless women threw themselves on DSK’s car as he arrived at court today.

Updated at 19.45pm

DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN has denied knowing the women he had orgies with were prostitutes.

In court today, he said paying for sex would be too great a risk for a man who was busy “saving the world”.

The former International Monetary Fund chief took the stand for the first time on charges of “aggravated pimping” in an alleged vice ring, in a day of high drama in a French court that saw a former prostitute detail scenes of group sex as “carnage”.

The silver-haired economist once tipped for the French presidency denied having a “frenetic” programme of sex parties at a time when the IMF he headed up was “saving the world from an unprecedented” financial crisis, adding they only took place four times a year between 2008 and 2011.

‘Sex soirees’

Dressed in a dark suit, he told the court in the northern French city of Lille that he would never have attended the sex soirees in Paris, Brussels and Washington if he knew the women were paid to be there.

I am horrified at the practice of using prostitutes.

Strauss-Kahn admits being a libertine and said that while he accepted the risk of unusual sexual practices for a man of his stature, he would not have taken the risk of paying prostitutes who would be susceptible to “pressures”.

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The 65-year-old finds himself back in the dock four years after his high-flying career and presidential prospects were torpedoed when he was accused of sexual assault by a New York hotel maid, a case later settled in a civil suit.

Pay for sex 

The crux of the case against him is whether he was aware the women were paid by members of his entourage and whether he played a role in organising the parties, which he also denied.

“It has happened 10 times that a woman offers herself to me. It is nothing unusual to me,” Strauss-Kahn said.

Asked to define a libertine party, Strauss-Kahn said it was when men and women “came together for the pleasure of sex” and what he liked was the “party atmosphere” of such soirees.

However one former prostitute, Jade — who attended several parties with DSK — described scenes of “carnage” at such a party at a chic Parisian hotel.

There was (DSK) surrounded by women” on a bed. “That isn’t libertinism, there were no other men. No one asked my name, there was just a hand on my head to perform fellatio.

However Strauss-Kahn’s female lawyer Frederique Baulieu read evidence from a girlfriend who accompanied him to the party and described it as “free and friendly” — prompting court judge Lemaire to say “this shows people have different views of libertinism”.

Mounia, another former prostitute, also detailed how Strauss-Kahn performed a sexual act on her which was “against nature” during the party, despite her tears.

I think he realised (I didn’t want to do it),” she said, adding that she had not refused it because she needed the money.

Strauss-Kahn strongly denied this, saying her tears would have “chilled” him.

What is sure is we didn’t experience the same thing (at that party). To me it was friendly, playful.

Both Jade and Mounia said they had not mentioned to DSK that they were prostitutes.

And Strauss-Kahn’s close friend, businessman Fabrice Paszkowski who is accused of financing and organising the parties, said he never told the former IMF chief he had paid the women to attend.

Prostitution is legal in France but procuring — the legal term for pimping which includes encouraging, benefiting from or organising prostitution — is a crime.

Topless protesters 

Earlier in the day, three topless women from the protest group Femen jumped on the car of Strauss-Kahn.

With slogans scrawled on their half-naked bodies and hurling insults at the car, the three protesters were quickly rounded up by police as the car entered an underground parking area.

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Alongside the protesters, the presence of the silver-haired economist — the most high-profile of the 14 accused in the three-week trial — also drew crowds of journalists and curious onlookers to the court.

Strauss-Kahn will have three days to fend off accusations that he organised for prostitutes to attend sex parties in the case which could land him in prison for up to 10 years.

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An ex-prostitute, Mounia, said yesterday she was specifically chosen for DSK by one of the businessmen who threw parties for him.

“The sexual relation that you were to have was with Dominique Strauss-Kahn?” asked Bernard Lemaire, the chief of the four judges overseeing the three-week jury-less trial.

“Yes,” said Mounia, adding that the businessman, David Roquet, “told me he came to see if I would please this man”.

Mounia and another prostitute, known as “Jade”, are expected to testify that Strauss-Kahn would have been “naive” to have not realised they were professionals.

- © AFP, 2015

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