Dominique Strauss-Kahn, facing pimping charges told a French court on Tuesday he did not know the women at ''festive and playful'' sex parties he attended were prostitutes. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Outside the courthouse, topless women protest as Dominique Strauss-Kahn heads into court. Inside the courthouse the former IMF chief faces pimping charges. The 65- year old is accused of instigating about a dozen parties involving prostitutes in France, Brussels and Washington, D.C.. He acknowledged a fondness for "libertine" parties -- but says he never paid anyone and didn't know the women were prostitutes. Inside the court one former prostitute testified that 'There were activities...against nature." She called her encounter "a relationship of force." Reporters asked another woman Beatrice Legrain what was he like? (SOUNDBITE) (French) PROSTITUTE, BEATRICE LEGRAIN, REPLYING TO JOURNALIST'S QUESTION WHETHER STRAUSS-KAHN WAS VIOLENT AND SAYING: "Am I going to repeat this again? He made me a proposition, which I turned down. Full stop. He was not violent." A lawyer representing prostitutes rights doesn't buy DSK's defense. SOUNDBITE) (French) LAWYER FOR CIVIL PARTIES, EMMANUEL DAOUD, SAYING: "However astonishing the seductive powers of these men may be, clearly when you see how many women came to these encounters they were not very joyful and full of pleasure. It's hard to imagine they were there because these gentlemen all had beautiful eyes." Strauss-Kahn was tipped to become French president before being accused of sexual assault by a New York hotel chambermaid in 2011.Those charges were dropped.