The ongoing French police investigation in the suspected prostitution ring that operated out of Lille’s Carlton Hotel netted its biggest fish so far when it hauled Dominique Strauss-Kahn in for questioning.
The former IMF boss was held in custody on Tuesday night before being released without charge although warned that he could be called again as a witness.
“At last he was able, after wanting to testify for several months, to answer the many questions levelled at him. He answered them all fully and calmly, and everyone was satisfied.”
It is alleged over a period of years that Strauss-Kahn enjoyed the services of prostitutes at Lille’s prestigious Hotel Carlton along with several other men, and that he knew the women were being procured by a group of friends who are now on trial for running a prostitution ring.
His lawyer reported that Strauss-Kahn maintained he did not know his companions were prostitutes.
In a separate development March 15 has been announced for an initial hearing in civil proceedings brought against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York by the maid Nafissatou Diallo.