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Strauss-Kahn Linked To Call Girl Ring

11/17/2011 09:31 AM ET

Strauss-Kahn Call Girl Ring, former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was widely expected to become the next president of France before he was caught up in a sex scandal in the United States this year, is being investigated by police for using a call girl ring in northern France.

French police are investigating reports that he has a connection to an $800-a-night ring that allegedly flew prostitutes to Washington and other foreign capitals to entertain Strauss-Kahn between international meetings, according to the respected weekly newsmagazine L’Express.

L’Express reported that in February 2009, after giving a speech at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, he lunched in a restaurant with several friends and their “girls.” The magazine says the women were prostitutes brought in from Belgium, and with whom, it says, Strauss-Kahn had sexual relations.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers, saying their client is the victim of a “media lynching,” have branded news reports about the alleged sex scandal as “dangerous and malicious insinuations” and have demanded that their client be interviewed by police as soon as possible to clear his name.

Dominique is expected to be interviewed by police in the next few weeks. Using prostitutes is not illegal in France and the former presidential candidate has threatened to sue over the allegations, claiming they infringe on his private life. But he may face corruption charges if the alleged encounters were paid for by a third party.

After his arrest in May on a charge of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, later dropped, the former director of the International Monetary Fund returned to France, where he had been accused of attacking a young French journalist, charges that were also abandoned.

His wife, former television presenter Anne Sinclair, has publicly stood by her husband, but friends have told French journalists that she is running out of patience with her husband. However, Sinclair wife is now lodging a formal complaint for alleged invasion of privacy following French media reports about her.

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