IMF ex-chief hired prostitutes, claims madame

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is accused of trying to rape a New York hotel maid.

Updated: May 19, 2011, 23:09 PM IST

London: A Madame in the US has claimed that she supplied young women to embattled International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is now accused of trying to rape a New York hotel maid, it was reported on Thursday.

Kristin Davis, the madame, said one of the young women she provided to Strauss-Kahn complained about his "aggressive" behaviour.

"He was a client of my agency," Davis told the Daily Telegraph.

"When men abuse women, I`m no longer going to protect their identities".

Strauss-Kahn, 62, has been charged with sexually attacking a 32-year-old hotel maid Saturday. He denies the allegation and is being held in Rikers Island prison. He has also quit as the IMF head.

Thirty five-year-old Davis said Strauss-Kahn paid $1,200 for two-hour sessions in hotel rooms.

"He wanted an `all-American girl`, with a fresh face, from the mid-West," Davis was quoted as saying.

"A girl in January 2006 complained he was rough and angry, and said she didn`t want to see him again."

Davis said that seven months later in September 2006, she sent Strauss-Kahn a Brazilian-born prostitute who said "he was rough".

"She told me not to send any new girls to him."

The media report cited Mexican press reports as claiming that Strauss-Kahn may also have assaulted a maid in Mexico while on an official visit.

The claim was mentioned in the French book "DSK: Secrets of a presidential contender". The book was written by an author who used the pseudonym Cassandre.