Strauss-Kahn facing fresh charge of gang rape

By David Ferguson
Friday, May 4, 2012 11:18 EDT
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IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Image via AFP.
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A 25-year-old Belgian sex worker has accused former French finance minister and head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn of gang rape, saying that he and three other men forcibly restrained and sodomized her in a room at Washington, DC’s tony W hotel. U.K. news daily The Telegraph reports that the alleged incident took place in December of 2010. It has come to light as part of an ongoing investigation of Strauss-Kahn by French authorities, who have charged him with “aggravated pimping in an organized gang.”

The young woman, who called Strauss-Kahn “a nasty piece of work,” was a prostitute based out of Lille, France and is known to the court as “Marie-Anne S.” The “violent scene” she described to prosecutors, however, took place here in the U.S., where earlier this week, a judge denied DSK’s plea of diplomatic immunity in a civil suit filed against him regarding an alleged assault on a hotel maid in New York City. Criminal charges were dismissed against the diplomat in that investigation last year amid questions about the accuser’s credibility.

French prosecutors are weighing whether to open a separate inquiry into the Washington incident. The crux of prosecutors’ pimping case against Strauss-Kahn revolves around whether or not Strauss-Kahn knew as he participated in various orgies and encounters that the women he was having sex with were prostitutes. The accused man insists that he and the women were just having fun. He told judges on March 26, “There was no brutal relations, no degraded view of women and no violence.”

That statement runs directly counter to that scenario described by “Marie-Anne,” who said that she was not a willing participant as a friend of Strauss-Kahn’s grabbed and held her hands while the former Socialist Party presidential hopeful forcibly sodomized her.

“He held my hands. He pulled my hair, he hurt me,” she told judge, “I refused saying no, I don’t want to…I clearly said I didn’t want to several times, out loud.”

French authorities have three options in the case. They can launch a separate formal inquiry or an informal one that is an extension of the current charges against Strauss-Kahn. Or they can rule that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute an investigation. In the latter case, the purported victim must file charges against her assailant for the case to move forward. So far, the woman has not filed charges against Strauss-Kahn.

(Image: AFP file photo)

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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