Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused Sunday of using the services of a high-ranking French police officer to help procure prostitutes for himself, possibly underage ones.
The officer, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, allegedly arranged trysts for Strauss-Kahn around the world, including in New York, according to a report in the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche.
Strauss-Kahn's name, together with a group of other “politicians, lawyers and business leaders,” was reportedly found in a “black book" of clients during an investigation of a prostitution ring based in Lille, France, that hired underage girls.
Prostitutes were allegedly selected for Strauss-Kahn by a 62-year-old procurer named Dominique “Dodo’’ Alderweireld, who made several trips to New York when Strauss-Kahn was there, the French paper said.
A lawyer for the 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn said his client wanted to be questioned by investigators looking into the case, which has already yielded five arrests, including “Dodo,” in order to "end dangerous and malicious insinuations and extrapolation.”
The new allegations came just days after French authorities let Strauss-Kahn off the hook on allegations that he tried to rape French journalist Tristane Banon during an interview in 2003. The prosecution said it was very possible that he had used violence, but that too much time had passed to prosecute him for the offense.
On May 14 this year, Strauss-Kahn, who was a leading candidate for the French presidency, was arrested and charged with assaulting a hotel maid in New York. The case, which forced Strauss-Kahn’s resignation from the IMF, was later dropped after changes in the story, and revelations about the past of the alleged victim.
The revelations in a case once considered iron-clad came as a shock, prosecutors and police had said repeatedly that the hotel maid was found to be a credible witness.
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