Yesterday Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who formerly served as the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was charged by French officials with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged involvement with prostitution rings in Paris and Washington DC in 2010 and 2011. Strauss-Kahn could face up to 20 years in jail.
A civil suit filed by a New York hotel maid alleging that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulting a New York her in May has been postponed by a New York court. The woman, a 32-year-old African immigrant, stated that Strauss-Kahn attacked her after pulling her into his hotel room. The woman stated she eventually was able to escape and was treated for minor injuries at Roosevelt Hospital. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges due to a lack of credible evidence.
In 2008, Strauss-Kahn admitted to having inappropriate relations with a woman employee at IMF, although the IMF executive board stated at the time that "there was no harassment, favoritism or any other abuse of authority by the managing director." Prior to becoming managing director of IMF in 2007, Strauss-Kahn served as a former French finance minister, national legislator, and economics professor. He has been leading in the polls in France not only as the Socialist Party presidential candidate but also against incumbent President Sarkozy.
Media Resources: CNN 3/27/12; CBS 3/26/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/16/12