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Strauss-Kahn may face gang rape charges

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Henry Samuel, Paris

Rape claims ... Dominique Strauss-Kahn with his wife Anne Sinclair.

Rape claims ... Dominique Strauss-Kahn with his wife Anne Sinclair. Photo: AP

Dominique Strauss-Kahn could face gang rape charges after an escort girl said the former International Monetary Fund chief and three others held her down and forced her to have anal sex.

The latest revelation involving Mr Strauss-Kahn, a one-time Socialist presidential hopeful in France, has heaped further embarrassment on the party. The Socialists have sought to distance themselves from Mr Strauss-Kahn, but several members of Francois Hollande's campaign team ended up in a Parisian bar with him in a red light area last week.

The state prosecutor is considering opening an inquiry into the allegations by a 25-year-old Belgian call girl, known as Marie-Anne S, over her treatment at the hands of Mr Strauss-Kahn in a Washington hotel in December 2010, according to French media,

Mr Strauss-Kahn is under investigation for "aggravated pimping in an organised gang" as French judges try to ascertain whether he knew the women he had sex with in various orgies were prostitutes. He denies any wrongdoing.

During questioning in the so-called Carlton case - as many of the prostitutes operated out of a hotel of that name in Lille, northern France - Marie-Anne S described a "violent scene" in the upmarket W hotel, near the White House.

She said Mr Strauss-Kahn "used force" against her. "He held my hands. He pulled my hair, he hurt me," she told judges, adding that the former French finance minister tried to sodomise her.

"I refused, saying, 'No, I don't want to.' I clearly said I didn't want to several times, out loud," she reportedly told the judges. She said three of Mr Strauss-Kahn's friends did nothing to intervene and one even grabbed her hands.

She did not file a legal complaint against Mr Strauss-Kahn. He denies committing any acts of violence against women. Mr Strauss-Kahn "absolutely contests having committed the slightest act of violence of any nature whatsoever," his lawyers said in a statement.

The Lille prosecutor will either open a preliminary or formal inquiry, or decide that there are insufficient details to do so unless the woman files for charges.

The Daily Telegraph, London

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