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Official: This man is not a pimp

Dominique Strauss Khan, the former head of the IMF, was acquitted of pimping charges this morning.

Dominique Strauss Khan
Dominique Strauss Khan
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FORMER INTERNATIONAL MONETARY Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared of pimping charges in a French trial that hinged on sex parties that took place in the midst of the global financial crisis.

Today’s verdict closes four years of legal drama. Ten others were acquitted as well.

The 66-year-old merely nodded his head in acknowledgement of the verdict in Lille which found him not guilty of procuring prostitutes to take part in sex parties in Paris, Brussels and Washington.

Strauss-Kahn had told the court the parties were much-needed “recreational sessions” and he did not know the women who took part were prostitutes.

In often sordid testimony, the women described sometimes brutal get-togethers that, they said, were not fun for them at all.

Allegations against Strauss-Kahn started when a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011. That case was settled out of court.

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With AFP

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