A lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn says that the former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been handed preliminary charges alleging he was involved in a French prostitution ring, the Associated Press website reports today (March 26, 2012).
Investigating judges questioned Strauss-Kahn for several hours today.
Richard Malka -- Strauss-Khan's lawyer -- told reporters that Strauss-Kahn was accused of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an "organized gang," but Strauss-Kahn denies any wrongdoing.
In France, preliminary charges mean authorities have reason to believe a crime was committed, but allow more time for investigation. Last year, Strauss-Kahn was charged with attempting to rape a maid in his New York City hotel room, but that case was dismissed due to the maid's history of lying.