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DSK: New York court to rule on maid’s lawsuit

A New York judge is expected to rule on Friday whether disgraced French politician and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will face a civil lawsuit filed by a hotel maid accusing him of sexual assault.

DSK: New York court to rule on maid's lawsuit

“There should be a decision on Friday,” the office of Judge Douglas McKeon in New York state court in the Bronx told AFP.

Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn asked McKeon in March to throw out the suit brought by Nafissatou Diallo, arguing that the Frenchman was protected by diplomatic immunity as head of the International Monetary Fund.

Diallo, who is seeking unspecified damages, says Strauss-Kahn forced her into oral sex in his luxury hotel room in Manhattan, where she had entered to clean.

Strauss-Kahn says consensual sex took place. New York prosecutors dropped criminal charges against the former high-flying politician, saying that Diallo’s story was undermined by lies and inconsistencies.

Strauss-Kahn faces separate, sex-related charges in France, where until the scandal in New York last year he had been seen as a leading contender for the presidency.

Opinion polls at the time had pointed to Strauss-Kahn, a Socialist, beating incumbent right-winger President Nicolas Sarkozy.

After Strauss-Kahn’s fall from grace, Francois Hollande won the Socialist Party’s primary nomination and beat Sarkozy in the first round Sunday. The two will face off in a May 6 runoff.

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DSK ordered to pay €10,000 to anti-prostitution group

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been ordered by a court to pay thousands of euros in damages to a charity fighting against prostitution.

DSK ordered to pay €10,000 to anti-prostitution group
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The former IMF chief and French minister, whose sex life and was laid bare for all to see during his trial on charges of pimping in 2015, has been ordered by a civil court to hand over €10,000 to the charity Mouvement du Nid.

DSK was acquitted of aggravated pimping by the criminal court in Lille last year and the court dismissed the charges that he should pay compensation. But the charity that fights against prostitution pushed ahead with a civil case against the disgraced former politician.

“It’s a clear and compelling judgement,” said the lawyer for the Mouvement du Nid, who said judges recognized the fault of the buyer of sex as well as the prostitute.

“The judgement recognizes the existence of a system, apart from the criminal offense of pimping, and sees the client as an actor in part of this system.

Several others, who had faced trial along with DSK, were also ordered to pay several thousands of euros of damages to the group, totalling €20,000. 

DSK’s defence had centred on his claim that he had no idea the women at the so-called Libertine parties were prostitutes.

Earlier this year French lawmakers voted through a landmark bill that changed the law around prostitution so that clients would now be fined if they are caught paying for sex rather than the prostitutes.

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