In the video below you will hear some of the details of this sordid little adventure.
For those who don’t remember, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the former disgraced International Monetary Fund chief. The verdict is the last step in four years of legal drama for Strauss-Kahn that began when a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011, killing his French presidential ambitions. That case was later settled out of court.
WHAT IS IT WITH THE ELITES AND THEIR FETISHES???
The Guardian Reports: The former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a French court that he participated in sex parties reminiscent of orgies in antiquity because he needed “recreational sessions” while he was busy “saving the world” from one of its worst financial crises.
The women at the sex parties, however, were prostitutes — and testified that they were not having fun at all during these “beast-like scenes”.
The court in Lille will decide any time after 11 am (10am BST) on Friday whether Strauss-Kahn is found guilty of charges of “aggravated pimping”. Despite his sordid testimony many expect Strauss-Kahn to be acquitted, citing limited evidence pointing to a punishable crime.
The verdict is the last step in four years of legal drama for Strauss-Kahn that began when a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011, killing his French presidential ambitions. That case was later settled out of court.
Strauss-Kahn, 66, is among more than a dozen other defendants, including hotel managers, entrepreneurs, a lawyer and a police chief. They are accused of participating in or organising collective sexual encounters in Paris, Washington and in the Brussels region in 2008-2011 – when Strauss-Kahn was IMF chief, and married.
Each faces up to 10 years in prison and €1.5m in fines if convicted.
During the three-week trial in February the man known in France as DSK stuck strictly to his line of defence, saying repeatedly that he did not know that the young women at the parties were prostitutes. He said he thought they were simply “libertine”
The sometimes tearful testimony of two prostitutes cast a harsh light on Strauss-Kahn’s sometimes brutal sexual practices. But they testified that they had never told him directly about their professions.
Other defendants described how they had voluntarily erected a wall of silence around their powerful friend to protect him from any embarrassing leak.
Even the prosecutor, unusually, asked for Strauss-Kahn’s acquittal, saying the trial did not back up the charge of aggravated pimping, which requires proof that he promoted or profited from prostitution. However the prosecutor asked for the co-defendants who admitted having organised these evenings and paid the women to be convicted and sentenced.
by The Unsilent Majority