Former International Monetary Fund director
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to be tried on charges of pimping, a French
investigating magistrate said Friday.
The case involves an alleged prostitution ring at the luxury Hotel Carlton in Lille. Police last year questioned Strauss-Kahn after he was named by two of the prostitutes. He admitted to having attending the parties at the Carlton, but said he was unaware that the women were being paid for sex.
The prostitution ring allegedly supplied women for sex parties organized on his behalf in Paris, Lille and Washington while he was still IMF chief.
Last month, the state prosecutor's office in Lille recommended that the charges be dropped, citing insufficient evidence. Friday's decision expressly rejected calls that the case be dropped for now, as it heads to court.
Strauss-Kahn stepped down from his IMF job in 2011 amid allegations of sexual assault against a New York hotel housekeeper.
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