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Strauss-Kahn 'will debunk' new claims linking him to prostitution ring

The former IMF head is embroiled in further controversy days after a police probe into rape allegations was dropped.

Strauss-Kahn yesterday
Strauss-Kahn yesterday
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DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN wants to be questioned by police so that he can debunk claims he was linked to a suspected hotel prostitution ring, his lawyers said today.

Frederique Beaulieu says Strauss-Kahn “is asking to be questioned to put an end to these insinuations and extrapolations.”

The lawyer said that Strauss-Kahn expressed his wishes in a statement but has not yet been contacted by police.

Prosecutors in the northern city of Lille are investigating a suspected prostitution ring in France and neighbouring Belgium. The head of Lille’s luxury Hotel Carlton was among those detained.

The weekly Journal du Dimanche said Strauss-Kahn’s name surfaced in the investigation as a possible client. However, the Telegraph reports that detectives are not expected to call him in for questioning in the near future, as he was “not at the heart of the case”.

The latest developments come just days after French prosecutors dropped an investigation into claims by writer Tristane Banon that Strauss-Kahn had tried to rape her, saying that the incident happened too long ago for the probe to progress.

- Additional reporting from AP

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