Topless protesters jump on former IMF chief’s car at his prostitution trial
Lille, France, Nirapad News : Three topless women from the protest group Femen jumped on the car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the former IMF chief arrived to testify on Tuesday at his trial for “aggravated pimping.”
With slogans scrawled on their half-naked bodies and hurling insults at the car, the three protesters were quickly rounded up by police as the car entered an underground parking area.
Their protest was caught on camera by some of the reporters and TV crews who were attending the trial.
Police were forced to grapple with the women to allow DSK’s car to get to the court.
The spotlight swings onto the 65-year-old in the second week of the trial in the northern city of Lille which involves 13 other accused, including police, a lawyer, a prostitute and a brothel owner known as “Dodo the Pimp”.
Strauss-Kahn will have three days to fend off accusations that he organised for prostitutes to attend sex parties in Paris, Brussels and Washington. He will be face-to-face with two of these women, now retired sex workers, in court.
The former finance minister, known as DSK in France, is expected to argue he is merely a libertine who engaged in orgies with consenting adults and did not know the women lavishing their attention on him were prostitutes.
Strauss-Kahn attended the first day of the trial — luring some 300 journalists to the court — but his name has only been mentioned in passing by the judge, as French court rules forbid defendants from mentioning anyone not in the room.