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Prosecutor Recommends Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Acquittal on Sex-Party Charges

Strauss-Kahn en route to a courthouse in Lille, France, for his trial.

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A prosecutor in Lille, France has recommended Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s acquittal on charges of organizing paid-sex parties, while five of the six plaintiffs accusing him have dropped their cases. Prosecutor Frederic Fevre has never believed that Strauss-Kahn (a French political figure and former International Monetary Fund leader) should be charged, but Fevre was overruled by investigating judges in France’s inquisitorial judicial system. Strauss-Kahn has admitted he attended the sex parties in question but has denied that he knew the women present were prostitutes, and evidence at his weeks-long trial (at which 13 other defendants are also charged) has not indicated otherwise. 

The plaintiffs who had accused Strauss-Kahn included four ex-prostitutes and two activist groups. One of those groups is maintaining its charges against him.