Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn looked likely to be acquitted Friday in the latest legal snare over his sexual escapades when a French judge rules on pimping charges against him.
Even the prosecutor felt the case against the 66-year-old economist had unravelled, calling for him to be cleared after a colourful three-week trial which exposed lurid details of champagne-fuelled orgies and prostitution.
An acquittal would draw the line under a series of sexual scandals that have dogged Strauss-Kahn and dragged the most intimate details of his bedroom proclivities into the public eye.
The silver-haired economist saw his high-flying career at the head of the International Monetary Fund — and his French presidential prospects — implode when a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011.
Not long after those criminal charges were dropped and the case settled in a civil suit, his name cropped up in a probe into a prostitution ring in northern France, which provided sex workers for orgies he attended.
He was charged with “aggravated pimping” for allegedly aiding and abetting the prostitution of seven women — a charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
At his trial in February, Strauss-Kahn calmly fended off the accusations, saying that while he was a libertine who enjoyed group sex, he was unaware any of the women attending the soirees had been paid to be there.