Dominique Strauss-Kahn told the Lille pimping trial today that he accepted that he had a “rougher” form of sexuality than most men.
The former IMF chief was asked to explain why two ex-prostitutes had told the court that he had subjected them to “brutal” experiences of anal sex.
“I think I must have a form of sexuality which is rougher than the average,” Mr Strauss-Kahn replied. “I am beginning to realise that and I deplore it. But I had no idea at the time that these experiences were so unpleasant as the women now say.”
Mr Strauss-Kahn was responding to allegations by a former Belgian prostitute called Jade that he had anal sex with her without asking her permission in a Brussels hotel in 2009. Mr Strauss-Kahn said that he admitted that this “episode” had taken place.
It was, he said, the “afters” following a visit to a swingers’ club in the Belgian countryside. He said he had no idea that Jade was a prostitute – even though he accepted that she had told him she worked in a sex club.
Mr Strauss-Kahn said that he had a “three way” sexual encounter with Jade and an unnamed “girlfriend” in the Brussels hotel. With both women, he said, he had performed the same sexual act.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A timeline
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A timeline
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25 April 1949: Born in Paris in the wealthyy suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, the son of a lawyer
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1972: Attended Paris’ prestigious Institut d'études politiques de Paris – or Science Po – a breeding ground for the French elite
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1986: First foray into politics following involvement in the Socialist Party. Elected a member of French parliament in the Haute-Savoie department
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1997: French PM Lionel Jospin appoints Strauss-Kahn as his finance minister, one of the most senior political roles in the country
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2006: Loses out in bid to become president of Socialist Party to Segolene Royal.
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2007: Named as the European nominee to run the IMF, and announced as its managing director on 28 September
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2008: IMF calls independent investigation over allegations Strauss-Kahn had an affair with subordinate Piroska Nagy. Nagy accused DSK of sustained harassment that left her feeling she had little choice but to sleep with him
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2011: Resigned after being arrested by New York police on sexual assault allegations
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2012: Signs settlement with hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo in December
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2014: The events inspired a film starring Gerard Depardieu, released amid threats of a defamation suit from Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn goes on trial for aggravated pimping
“If Jade was so upset as she now tells us, why diid she stay and chat and drink coffees with others afterwards,” Mr Strauss-Kahn asked.
Pressed on his behaviour, Mr Strauss-Kahn lost his temper for the first time since his testimony began on Tuesday. “I’m beginning to have enough of all this,” he said. “Everyone has the right to have an opinion on the nature of my sexual behaviour in private but it has nothing to do with this trial.”
He added: “My sexual behaviour does not impose the necessity of prostitutes,” DSK said. “I will say again that I don’t like prostitution…Prostitution is an infringement of the human liberty of women.”
Earlier, Jade said she had been subjected to unwilling anal sex by the disgraced former IMF chief,
“There was a moment which was more than unpleasant,” she said. “When I was lying with my back to Monsieur DSK, I suffered a penetration. If he had asked me, I would have said no. I didn’t like that.”
Jade said the incident proved that Mr Strauss-Kahn knew she was a prostitute because he treated her like an object. “Unless, somehow, he thinks he is on a different level to the rest of us and he can do anything that he wants.”
Mr Strauss-Kahn claims that he did not know the women who attended sex parties that he is accused of organising were prostitutes. Jade told the court he must have known. She said that they had discussed prostitution in Belgium during their car journey. She had made it clear that she worked in a sex club.
Jade said that during an official “confrontation” with DSK during the investigation which led to the trial, the former IMF chief had apologised for the incident in the Amigo hotel. She said that DSK said that he had not realised it had not been “cool” for her.
She admitted to the court, however, that she had accepted €2,000 to go to Washington to take part in a sex party with DSK the following January. While there, she had been invited to DSK's office at the IMF and had taken photographs.
There were angry scenes at the trial after one of DSK’s lawyers used the word “sodomy”.
Responding to a question from Frédérique Beaulieu, Mr Strauss -Kahn's defence lawyer, as to whether she thought certain sexual practices were reserved for prostitutes, Jade replied: “With a swinger, you at least ask the question. I was impaled and he didn’t ask at all and I think it was because I was a prostitute.”
Ms Beaulieu then asked a question using the word “sodomy”. Jade reacted angrily from the stand, shouting that she did not want that word used “because I don’t want all my family and friends to know what was done to me".”
The president of the court said Jade had herself made it abundantly clear what happened. She refused, all the same, to answer any other questions from Ms Beaulieu. One of DSK’s other lawyers, Richard Malka, took over.
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