Ian Sparks – Daily Mail March 28, 2012
Dominique Strauss-Kahn referred to women as ‘luggage’ and ‘equipment’ in texts sent to friends and the alleged pimps with whom he is accused of planning a string of debauched sex parties, it has been reported.
The former IMF chief, who is facing charges of aggravated pimping in France, admitted to police that he used ‘inappropriate’ language, according to a leaked transcript of his police questioning.
In one text to a businessman friend, who has also been charged, he wrote: ‘Do you want to (can you?) come to a great sexy nightclub in Madrid with me (and some equipment) on July 4?’
And in a series of messages sent to men accused of hiring prostitutes for him, he referred to girls as ‘a bit of stuff’ and ‘little thing’.
In one text Strauss-Kahn asked: ‘Are you bringing anything in your luggage?’
Le Monde newspaper said interview transcripts showed DSK explained his language to police by telling them: ‘The words in these texts were not very sopisticated, but it was easier to use one word than a whole list of names.’
Strauss-Kahn has confessed to attending sex parties but insisted he had no idea the girls were being paid to have sex with him.
His lawyers have accused the French newspaper of quoting selectively from the document and say intend to file a complaint.
The 62-year-old economist is accused of knowingly using prostitutes paid for by two businessmen, who illegally used company funds to organise orgies in Europe and America.
If found guilty he would face up to 20 years in prison.
In interviews with investigators released earlier a French prostitute gave police details of ‘bestial’ orgies attended by the disgraced banker and his friends.
The hooker told police it ‘was rare to find men who showed as little respect for girls’ as the shamed former IMF chief – saying how she was pinned down by the wrists to perform degrading sex acts by one of his alleged cohorts.
The vice girl, in her 30s and named Marion, gave her damning evidence to judges who this week charged Strauss-Kahn with ‘complicity in pimping in an organised vice gang’.
Marion told how she was ‘forcibly restrained’ at a sex party by Lille businessman David Roquet.
He is one of those accused of procuring prostitutes for Strauss-Kahn.
In leaked documents published by French daily Le Monde today, she spoke about one of the orgies attended by DSK. She said: ‘Roquet grabbed me by the wrists with each of his hands to stop me from moving.
‘No other man in the room did anything to intervene. Escorting is not £25-a-go prostitution. It is rare to find men who show as little respect as DSK and Roquet.’
Another call girl named Ines told investigators the orgies she attended with Strauss-Kahn and his cronies were ‘like cattle markets’.
She added: ‘It was just pure sexual consumption, and these sessions often became bestial and violent.’
The claims come after at least five other hookers told police they also had sex with Strauss-Kahn.
One girl told detectives she attended 11 orgies with him over six years, and added in her statement: ‘I got the feeling he liked rough sex.’
Strauss-Kahn has been embroiled in a catalogue of sex scandals since he was arrested for trying to rape a New York hotel chambermaid in May 2011.
After being held in New York’s notorious Ryker’s Island prison, criminal charges were dropped and he returned to France only to face similar accusations of sexually abusing a young French writer.
When those allegations were also dropped, he was then confronted with more claims he used hookers supplied by the Lille vice network.
His lawyer Richard Malka this week described him as ‘simple swinger’ who had committed nothing more than a ‘crime of lust’.
But Mr Malka said he and his client would now do everything in their power to have the charges brought by two judges in Lille on Monday night dismissed.
He said: ‘It is quite implausible and contrary to common sense to use terms like ‘organised gang’ and ‘vice network’ to descibe a simple swinging activity.
‘Mr Strauss-Kahn is finding himself, in large part because of his fame, thrown to the wolves.
‘Colossal police and judicial means were deployed to crack and dissect his private life to an infinite degree, with the only goal being to invent and then castigate what can be considered a crime of lust.
‘And what a strange co-incidence that all this should happen a month from a major national election.’
Strauss-Kahn had been widely tipped to stand as the socialist candidate in next month’s presidential poll, with surveys showing he would easily beat right-wing rival Nicolas Sarkozy.
Lille businessman David Roquet and three other men are also accused of providing hookers for Strauss-Kahn in a bid to curry favour with the man then tipped to be the next French president.
Women selling themselves for sex is not illegal in France, but pimping is.
Strauss-Kahn is now formally under ‘judicial control’ on £85,000 bail until judges decide whether to send him to stand trial, which means he cannot leave France and has to report to police regularly.
French charges come as a judge at New York’s Bronx state court will decide today whether he should face civil action from chambermaid Ms Diallo over her attempted rape allegations, or whether he can claim diplomatic immunity from the charges.
Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have branded her lawsuit as an attempt to squeeze money out of him after her criminal action was dismissed because her evidence was deemed unreliable.
Courtesy Peter Myers