This week, the man who could be president of France, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 65, former head of the International Monetary Fund and a dozen other major financial organizations that decide the fate of millions, is in court this week, facing charges of “aggravated pimping as part of a group.”
What the bizarre line means is that he is accused of arranging orgies with prostitutes for other big time decision makers like himself.
It’s known as the Carlton Affair.
The Francophile blog GalliaWatch noted: “In the space of seven months, DSK has gone from political superstar to immoral cad to bottom-of-the-barrel scumbag. Now it seems that even his long-suffering wife Anne Sinclair has had enough and is contemplating divorce, except for her fear of causing him a nervous breakdown.”
The Carlton Affair came to the public’s attention in 2011, when a Lille (northern France) brothel owner Dominique Alderweireld, a.k.a. “Dodo la Saumure, ” or Dodo the Pimp, and Rene Kojfer, 70, who used to be the public relations manager for the luxury Carlton Hotel, were picked up and accused, along with other hotel management personnel, of running a high-end prostitution ring, organizing those sex parties for local businessmen and police officials.
I mean, you already have the luxury hotel, what are you going to do in it, just eat and sleep? It’s France, for heaven’s sake.
They arranged all these orgies with Jean-Christophe Lagarde, the police commissioner who was in charge of security for the entire Nord-Pas-de-Calais department (including things in and around Lille). According to an unnamed source quoted in Libération, Lagarde hoped that “by cultivating a close relationship with DSK he would have an important role in a future Socialist administration.”
Them Socialists, always thinking about the needs of the people.
Lagarde is accused of booking rooms at the Carlton with prostitutes thrown in as “extras.” He’s also facing charges for sharing a romantic night in Paris in 2010, with a prostitute and Strauss-Kahn. In the trial, which started yesterday, Lagarde sat behind Strauss-Kahn. He used to accompany the great man on his trips to the U.S. He was supposed to be awarded with a position as security adviser for the Strauss-Kahn’s presidential campaign. Then Strauss-Kahn was caught with his pants down in a New York City hotel room, in 2011, and everything went south, along with those pants.
Oh, and if you thought this was, basically, harmless fun, it’s France, after all, ooh la la, you should know that court documents show that several of the prostitutes described their “brutal” treatment by presidential wannabe Strauss-Kahn, and his love of sodomy.
First you sodomy, then you sodo everybody else.
One prostitiute, Marie-Anne, said she was “violently” sodomized against her will in an evening in Washington DC she dubbed “bestial, ” in December 2010. Businessman and Strauss-Kahn’s co-defendant David Roquet allegedly procured the necessary lubricant from the hotel bathroom, then held her down.
As the trial began, Monday, presiding judge Bernard Lemaire read aloud the names of the defendants—and their lawyers—as the packed courtroom held its breath. Then, speaking directly to Strauss-Kahn, the judge announced: “You are accused of aiding and abetting the prostitution of seven persons between March 29 2008 and October 4 2011, and of hiring and encouraging the prostitution of these same persons.”
Rape charges against Strauss-Kahn in New York were dropped, and later he reached a settlement with the hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo. Later, rriter Tristane Banon came out with allegations that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in Paris in 2003. That one didn’t go to trial, either.
Oh, and, as we mentioned yesterday, a grandiose plan Strauss-Kahn had schemed, to create a $2 billion hedge fund, ended with his partner, French-Israeli banker Thierry Leyne, killing himself in a Tel Aviv hotel.
Let’s sit back, then, kick off our shoes, and watch what happens next…