It looks like Dominique Strauss-Kahn can add yet another sex scandal to his repertoire. The former IMF chief has been charged in his own native France over alleged links to a prostitution ring.
Strauss-Kahn was interviewed by French magistrates today where he admitted that he has indeed attended numerous sex parties in what is now better known (at least in France) as the "Carlton affair", after the hotel where the orgies supposedly took place. Despite his admission, Strauss-Kahn denies knowing that the women in attendance at the parties were prostitutes, or that they were hired with corporate funds.
"He firmly declares that he is not guilty of these acts and of never having the least inkling that the women he met could have been prostitutes," says one of Strauss-Kahn's lawyers.
Though "consorting with prostitutes" is legal in France, the 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn could face up to 20 years in prison if tried and convicted. He was released on 100,000 euros ($135,000) bail.
Strauss-Kahn is still cleaning up messes here in America, and is set to appear (though not in person) in court in New York. His lawyers will debate lawyers of maid Nafissatou Diallo over whether or not Strauss-Kahn's IMF ties afford him diplomatic immunity from the charges. The criminal charges were dropped earlier over doubts concerning Diallo's testimony.
Strauss-Kahn has also faced a third sexual assault case, from 32-year-old author Tristane Banon who alleged attempted rape.
Third time may be a charm for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who can't seem to keep his hand out of the cookie jar. Kids, don't get involved with a prostitution ring.