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No Pimping Charges for Dominique Strauss-Kahn

From French presidential hopeful to this ...

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn is likely to be cleared of pimping over his alleged role in a prostitution ring, the latest in a series of legal victories over sex scandals that destroyed his career.

The former International Monetary Fund chief faced prison over allegations that he and a number of other powerful Frenchmen organised sex parties all over the world. But prosecutors on Tuesday recommended the dismissal of "aggravated pimping" charges, saying there was "insufficient evidence" to go to trial.

It was alleged that Mr Strauss-Kahn, 64, once the favourite to win the Socialist nomination for the French presidency, helped to procure prostitutes for sex parties as part of a group operating out of the Carlton Hotel in Lille.

He admitted attending many of the orgies, but denied knowing that any of the women were prostitutes.