Lille: A police probe into pimping
at a French luxury hotel has uncovered evidence that Dominique
Strauss-Kahn attended sex soirees with prostitutes paid for by
businessmen, newspapers reported on Sunday.
Police investigating the case are also looking into trips
made by the businessmen and a city police chief to Washington
when Strauss-Kahn was head of the International Monetary Fund
there, the Liberation and Le Figaro dailies said.
The last such trip ended on May 13 this year, the day
before New York police arrested Strauss-Kahn for the alleged
sexual assault of a hotel chambermaid.
Those charges were dropped after prosecutors deemed the
alleged victim unreliable, although she is pursuing a civil
case against the 62-year-old Socialist politician, who had
been tipped as France`s next president.
The French case began after the manager and the public
relations chief of the Carlton hotel in the northern city of
Lille were arrested and charged with arranging prostitutes for
guests with the help of a pimp based in Belgium.
Lille police chief Jean-Christophe Lagarde, who was
detained by police on Thursday for questioning as part of the
pimping probe, allegedly attended evenings at a luxury Paris
hotel along with prostitutes and Strauss-Kahn.
According to Le Figaro, David Roquet, head of a
of construction giant Eiffage, paid part of the tab from the
Paris hotel sex soirees, billing his company with invoices
marked with Strauss-Kahn`s initials "DSK".
Police have also questioned another Lille businessman,
identified as Fabrice P, who is also suspected of paying a
part of the bill.
According to Roquet`s testimony to police, cited by Le
Figaro, "Fabrice P told me that we would dine with Mr
Strauss-Kahn and that he would like me to bring girlfriends,
The first encounters took place at the L`Aventure
club-restaurant in Paris in March 2009, where the men started
having sex with the women before moving on to the luxury
Morano hotel, he said.