A February 17, 2015 file photo shows former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn arriving to his hotel in Lille, northern France. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE HUGUEN
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A French court acquitted former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of pimping charges Friday, drawing a line under four years of legal woes over his sexual escapades that torpedoed his career.Chief judge Bernard Lemaire ruled that Strauss-Kahn was not the "instigator" of orgies attended by prostitutes but merely the "beneficiary of group sex".The trial was the latest in a long series of high-profile corruption and sexual scandals that have landed Strauss-Kahn in the dock in the past 16 years, only to fizzle out.The courtroom in the northern city of Lille heard lurid details of champagne-fueled orgies attended by Strauss-Kahn, as his lawyers accused the court of putting his morals, and prostitution itself, on trial.Judge Lemaire said there had been several inconsistencies in the testimony of former prostitutes who attended the parties and gave dramatic accounts of nights of "carnage".Twelve were acquitted over the presence of prostitutes at lunchtime sex parties held at the upmarket Carlton hotel in Lille, with the court ruling they were merely "clients".
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