I didn't know women were prostitutes, says Strauss-Kahn

Disgraced former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a French court on today that he was unaware that women who participated in orgies at luxury hotels in Paris and Washington DC were prostitutes.

Lille: Disgraced former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a French court on today that he was unaware that women who participated in orgies at luxury hotels in Paris and Washington DC were prostitutes.

The 65-year-old and 13 co-defendants are on trial in this northern French city, accused of aggravated pimping in connection with a sex ring centered on the Hotel Carlton in Lille.

In his first testimony since the trial began February 2, Strauss-Kahn reaffirmed his long-standing defence that he did not know of the "prostitutional character" of the women who took part in his orgies.

Strauss-Kahn's arrival at the courthouse was disrupted by three topless protesters from the provocative group Femen, who were detained by police.

Strauss-Kahn's chances of becoming French president were ruined over a separate sex scandal in New York.

The economist, known widely as DSK, faces up to 10 years in prison and a 1.5 million-euro (USD 1.7 million) fine if convicted.

Strauss-Kahn and the 13 other defendants are accused of operating a prostitution ring out of luxury hotels in Paris, Washington DC, Lille and Brussels.

The court has so far heard testimony from some of Strauss-Kahn's fellow defendants, who include a Belgian brothel owner, local businessmen, a police officer and hotel staff accused of organising sex parties for Strauss-Kahn's benefit.

Investigators have compiled hundreds of pages of testimony from prostitutes describing the orgies. 

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