Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sexual practices come under scrutiny at his pimping trial, as one prostitute with whom he had relations says he did not respect her.
LILLE, FRANCE (FEBRUARY 11, 2015) (REUTERS) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sexual practices were in the spotlight at his pimping trial on Wednesday (February 11), where the court heard from a prostitute who said that she was not respected by the former IMF chief.
Strauss-Kahn is accused of helping to organise sex parties involving prostitutes but the 65 year-old insists that he did not know that the women were sex workers, nor was he the instigator of the soirees.
He acknowledged in court that his sexual practices may be “rougher” than average, but said that that had no bearing on his case, appearing aggravated during cross-examination.
Nevertheless lawyer for the civil parties in the case, David Lepidi, said that Strauss-Kahn remained “very eloquent”.
The court heard from one woman, “Jade”, who described an evening in a Belgian hotel where Strauss-Kahn appeared to have little respect for her.
After the hearing, her lawyer, Gilles Maton, said his client acknowledged that Strauss-Kahn was at times very polite.
“At other times, when they were being intimate — and it appears he acknowledges this sort of sexuality — he was also capable of being relatively brutal. He says, or at least he claims, that in intimate relations that is the attitude he adopts and that generally most woman don’t complain. But he also acknowledges that some, including Jade, can regret this sort of relationship,” Maton said.
Former French presidential favourite Strauss-Kahn is one of fourteen on trial in the case in the northern French city of Lille.
If convicted, he could face 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 1.5 million euros ($1.72 million).