DSK Now Target of Gang-Rape Investigation

Centers on alleged 2010 incident in Washington, DC
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2012 5:19 AM CDT
DSK Now Target of Gang-Rape Investigation
In this May 6, 2012, file photo, former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn waves as he leaves a polling station after voting in the French presidential election.   (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, File)

More hot water for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and once again it's US-flavored: A French prosecutor today opened a preliminary investigation into an alleged gang rape in Washington, DC, CNN reports. In the course of France's probe into Strauss-Kahn's alleged participation in a prostitution ring, the gang-rape allegations surfaced; a Belgian prostitute reportedly told police that DSK and three friends made her perform non-consensual sex acts in a DC hotel in December 2010.

"I didn't scream but I said clearly and loudly that I didn't want to," said the prostitute, according to the BBC. Strauss-Kahn "absolutely contests having committed the slightest act of violence of any nature whatsoever," said his lawyers. They called the testimony of the escort, along with the account given to police by a second escort who was present, "contradictory" and added that their testimonies came at an "opportune time" amid the French presidential election. Washington police say no incident was reported at the hotel. (More Dominique Strauss Kahn stories.)

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