27 Mar 2012

Strauss-Kahn charged over prostitution ring

4:04 pm on 27 March 2012

The former head of the International Monetary Fund has been charged over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged after being questioned by magistrates in the northern French city of Lille.

Mr Strauss-Kahn's name came up as police were investigating an operation about sex workers from brothels over the Belgian border being brought to high-class French hotels.

The 62-year-old has admitted attending parties where the authorities believe prostitutes were provided by a gang, but he denies knowing the women were paid prostitutes, the BBC reports.

In May last year, he resigned from the IMF after being accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid in New York. The charges were later dropped.

The maid is now bringing a civil case against Mr Strauss-Kahn, which is due to start in New York on Wednesday.

He has always denied any wrongdoing.