Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF, and one-time candidate for president of France, at his trial in Lille, France for aggravated pimping for his alleged role in organizing orgies in that city. He later admitted under oath that he attend 17 of these decompression valves. Quarterly “sessions of leisure” for two years do add up to 17.
The trial has enlightened the world on the French practice of libertinage, or consensual sex with multiple partners. Another businessman charged in the case (13 total are charged) has a lawyer who is defiant and who offered the following in a radio interview to indicate his client was as unaware as DSK that prostitutes were present, “I dare you to distinguish between a prostitute and a naked socialite.” Only in France.
DSK, as he became known in the American press in 2011, was accused then of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a New York City hotel. The charges were dropped and he settled a civil suit brought by the housekeeper.