Dominique Strauss-Kahn to sue Belgian pimp over 'DSK' brothel

Disgraced economist claims 'Dodo Sex Klub' uses his initials for publicity

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund accused of rape by a New York hotel maid, is threatening to sue a Belgian brothel for using his initials.

Strauss-Kahn, often referred to as 'DSK' in French-speaking countries, has vowed to "take all legal measures" to cease the smearing of his name ahead of the opening of a sex club bearing his initials in the Belgian town of Blaton.

French-born pimp, Dominique Alderweireld, owns a string of brothels in Belgium, where prostitution is legal, and is accused of supplying sex workers to Strauss-Kahn, once a potential presidential candidate in France, in connection with a sex gang.

His lawyers claim the 64-year-old pimp, also known as Dodo la Saumure, is naming his brothel 'Dodo Sex Klub' for publicity and using the acronym 'DSK' "reproduces his (Strauss-Kahn's) initials which identify him to all".

Far from fearing the consequences of Strauss-Kahn's wrath, Alderweireld reportedly plans to open a second sex club, the Carlton, named after the posh hotel where the former head of the IMF allegedly took part in seedy orgies.

Both men will appear in court on charges of "aggravated pimping" for their alleged participation in a prostitution ring based at the Hotel Carlton in Lille in northern France later this year. Strauss-Kahn insists he had no idea the women were prostitutes.

The disgraced economist was forced to resign as head of the IMF after he was indicted on seven counts, including criminal sexual acts and sexual abuse, following a sex scandal involving a New York hotel maid in 2011.

The charges were dropped, but the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, later filed a civil lawsuit against him and the case was settled for an undisclosed amount.

The scandal crushed Strauss-Kahn's hopes to run for president in the 2012 French elections against Nicolas Sarkozy, where Francois Hollande emerged as the winner.