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Strauss Kahn to pay Hotel Maid $6 million.

Post  Panda on Sat 1 Dec - 6:50

By Raf Sanchez, Washington

3:24PM GMT 30 Nov 2012


Although the criminal prosecution against the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and one-time French presidential contender collapsed last year, Nafissatou Diallo has pursued her allegations against Mr Strauss-Kahn in the civil courts.

Miss Diallo alleged that the 63-year-old forced her to perform oral sex on him while she was cleaning his Manhattan hotel suite in 2011. Mr Strauss-Kahn admitted making the sexual encounter but denied attacking her.

To finance the out-of-court deal, Mr Strauss-Kahn will take out a $3 million bank loan and borrow the rest from his estranged wife, Anne Sinclair, according to Le Monde.

Ms Sinclair, an American journalist and millionaire, stood by her husband throughout the scandal and provided bail money after his arrest but the pair finally separated this summer and now live on opposite sides of Paris.

The settlement with Miss Diallo is reportedly due to be confirmed before a New York judge next week but sources close to the case warned that the deal could still fall apart.

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"We are moving towards the end of a tragedy," Michele Saban, a friend of Mr Strauss-Kahn's told Reuters in Paris.

If a settlement is reached it will bring a close to the chapter that destroyed the Frenchman's career at the top level of international finance.

However, it will not mark the end of his legal difficulties as he waits to hear whether a French court plans to press ahead with charges of "aggravated pimping".

Prosecutors allege that he was involved in a prostitution ring run out of a luxury hotel in Lille.

Mr Strauss-Kahn admits attending the "libertine" parties but said he did not know the women involved were prostitutes and his lawyers are seeking to have the charges dismissed.

The court's ruling is due on December 19.

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Re: Strauss Kahn to pay Hotel Maid $6 million.

Post  Panda on Wed 19 Dec - 6:37

19 December 2012 Last updated at 01:24
French court to rule on Strauss-Kahn sex charge case
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has accused authorities of trying to criminalise lust
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A French court is expected to rule on whether former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will stand trial on pimping charges.

The case is the last major inquiry the 63-year-old is fighting in France.

The charges relate to sex parties held in a luxury hotel in the northern city of Lille.

Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyer wants the case dropped, saying his client did not know some of the women were prostitutes.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was widely expected to become the Socialist presidential candidate before he was arrested in May 2011 in New York, accused of trying to rape a hotel maid.

US prosecutors later dropped criminal charges and the alleged victim, Nafissatou Diallo, settled a civil case for an undisclosed sum in early December.
'Criminalising lust'
The Lille case has become know as the Carlton affair, after the name of the hotel in which the alleged orgies took place.

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Sex cases against Strauss-Kahn

  • Criminal case on sexual assault charge in New York - dropped August 2011
  • Criminal investigation on attempted rape claims in Paris - dropped October 2011
  • Investigation on "gang rape" claims in Washington - dropped October 2012
  • Civil case on sexual assault charge in New York - settled for undisclosed sum December 2012

Consorting with prostitutes is not against the law in France, and Mr Strauss-Kahn has acknowledged that he was at some of the parties with the women.

But Mr Strauss-Kahn's legal team says he had no idea they were prostitutes, and that there is no evidence to support a formal charge of pimping.

His defence lawyer, Richard Malka, has argued that the investigation should be annulled due to insufficient grounds.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, who is reportedly taking steps to reinvent himself as a highly paid consultant and conference speaker, has said the authorities are trying to "criminalise lust".

Other cases against him have already been dropped.

In October, French prosecutors ended an investigation into allegations of "gang rape" at a hotel in Washington after the woman who made the claim retracted her evidence.

Magistrates also dropped a sexual assault case brought by French author Tristane Banon on the grounds that the alleged 2003 incident had taken place too long ago.

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