DSK sues mags over ‘girlfriend’ pics

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a woman named as his new girlfriend are suing three French glossies for publishing "stolen photographs" of them together, their lawyers said Monday.

DSK sues mags over 'girlfriend' pics
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The magazines targeted are VSD, Voici and Closer.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Richard Malka told AFP the suits would be filed in the coming days against the magazines which "are making money from the private lives of other people".

VSD said the woman works for a well-known television channel, adding that the purported new love interest was a "bubbly 40-something" with a "senior job in a big television channel", identifying her as someone called Myriam.

The VSD photographs showed them on holiday in Corsica, in an article titled "DSK, He is forgetting Anne with another." It claimed that with his new girlfriend, "DSK has become a gentleman again".

The woman's lawyer said they were "stolen photos" and added that his client had been "insulted on Twitter." Strauss-Kahn faces sex charges in the United States as well as France.

Strauss-Kahn's wife of some two decades, Anne Sinclair, recently confirmed their split. A former television journalist and the heiress to a large fortune, Sinclair now runs the French edition of the Huffington Post.

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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.