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Dominique Strauss-Kahn acquitted of sex crime

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 00:29

Henri Leclerc, lawyer for former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, says his client's acquittal of sex crime charges shows there was ''absolutely no legal basis for this case''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Dominique Strauss-Kahn was acquitted of sex crime accusations by a French court on Friday (June 12), the final chapter in a transatlantic scandal that destroyed the political ambitions of a man once tipped to become his country's president. A court in the northern city of Lille dismissed charges that the former International Monetary Fund chief's sexual escapades with prostitutes amounted to "aggravated pimping" -- the charge on which French magistrates sent him to trial. The verdict came four years after sex assault accusations by a New York hotel maid ended his political ambitions and forced him to step down as head of the Washington-based IMF and ends Strauss-Kahn's legal battle on both sides of the Atlantic. In Lille, his lawyer, Henri Leclerc, told reporters the verdict reduces the charges against his client "to nothing". "The judgement was given, everyone saw that there was absolutely no legal basis for this case, and all the enormous fuss which surrounded this case gives everyone something to think about," he said. The 66-year-old, who settled financially with Sofitel maid Nafissatou Diallo after New York prosecutors abandoned criminal charges in 2011, stood accused in France of instigating the organisation of orgies with prostitutes. Strauss-Kahn and his lawyers had argued that he has an appetite for rough sex but was not aware that women he frolicked with at parties and hotels in Paris, Lille and Washington, mostly while in the powerful IMF post, were prostitutes. BFM TV said Strauss-Kahn's only reaction before vanishing from the courtroom was a whisper to his daughter and new partner: "All that for what? Such destruction."

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn acquitted of sex crime

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 00:29