Dominique Strauss-Kahn was ‘king of the party’ at sex soirées, claim French investigators

Disgraced former IMF chief has been charged with ‘aggravated pimping’, along with 12 other people

Paris

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was the “linchpin” and “party king” of an illicit prostitute ring, according to a leaked report by French investigators.

The report appears to demolish Mr Strauss-Kahn’s defence that he was unaware that the women at the orgies were prostitutes. It detailed the extent to which he had allegedly been involved in the organisation of the sex parties, which took place at luxury hotels in Lille, Paris and Washington while he was still IMF chief.

“These evenings were never organised without him, and when they were, it was as much because of his presence in town [Paris, Washington…] as because of his schedule,” said the report obtained by Le Figaro.

He has been charged with “aggravated pimping”, along with 12 others, for his role in the scandal known as the “Carlton affair”, named after one of the Lille hotels where the alleged orgies took place. The report, which summarises the prosecution’s case before the trial expected next year, mentioned that phone text messages between Mr Strauss-Kahn and the other accused confirmed his organisational role.

The magistrates’ report accuses Mr Strauss-Kahn, pictured, of “a material act of pimping” by making available apartments which he rented directly or indirectly for the sex parties. In France, prostitution is legal, but earning money from other people prostituting themselves is not.

The IMF chief sought to conceal his illicit activities by referring to the call girls as “delegation of friends” and “gift”, according to the report, which said that he tried to cover up evidence from magistrates as the investigation proceeded in 2011.

The report also contains troubling details about the brutal nature of the frenzied sex parties. One young woman, quoted by the report, described “carnage with mattresses piled on the floor”. The magistrates say the evenings could not be described as “libertinage”, which is how Mr Strauss-Kahn originally described them, more as a “slaughter” and a “purchase order for services”.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, 64, did not comment on the report. He resigned from the IMF in May 2011 after being accused of sexually assaulting a Sofitel hotel chambermaid in New York, but the charges were eventually dropped and Mr Strauss-Kahn settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, who is known in France by his initials, DSK, was once considered the Socialist party’s best chance in the last presidential election. He has been in the political wilderness since the Sofitel affair but in recent weeks has made a timid comeback as an economics adviser.

Last week, he acknowledged in an interview with Russian television that his political career  was “over”.

If Mr Strauss-Kahn is found guilty of the aggravated-pimping charges, he faces a maximum 10 years in jail and a fine of up to €1.5m.

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
Hayley Williams performs with Paramore in New York
musicParamore singer says 'Steal Your Girl' is itself stolen from a New Found Glory hit
Sport
Ronaldinho signs the t-shirt of a pitch invader
footballProof they are getting bolder
News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
News
William Hague
people... when he called Hague the county's greatest
Voices
voicesBy the man who has
News
More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete today
Arts and Entertainment
Ed Sheeran performs at his Amazon Front Row event on Tuesday 30 September
musicHe spotted PM at private gig
Sport
Arsene Wenger tried to sign Eden Hazard
footballAfter 18 years with Arsenal, here are 18 things he has still never done as the Gunners' manager
News
Floyd
newsFloyd 'Creeky' Creekmore still performed regularly to raise money for local hospitals
Extras
indybestKeep extra warm this year with our 10 best bedspreads
News
people'I’d rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare'
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Real Estate Solicitor 2+PQE - City

Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: CITY - HIGH VALUE REAL ESTATE / RESID...

General Cover Teacher

£120 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Are you looking for part time/ ...

SEN (SLD/PMLD) Teacher

£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a quailed Teacher ...

General Cover Teacher

£120 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Currently looking for teachers ...

Day In a Page

Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?