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Extra! DSK's Pimping Trial Begins

Almost four years after the New York trial that ended his political career, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back in court Monday in a case that once again centers on his sex life. This time, he's defending himself against charges of "aggravated pimping" related to the presence of prostitutes at sex parties. In the northern France city of Lille, the former head of the International Monetary Fund will be tried along with 13 others for charges related to what's known as the "Carlton affair."

DSK is accused of being involved in a prostitution ring that organized sex parties in Paris, Brussels and Washington. According to testimonies from prostitutes, they were arranged specifically for the former economist, who has also been described as "king of the party."

But as the French daily Libérationreports in its Monday issue, DSK could try to prove he is the victim of a conspiracy, claiming he didn't know the women involved had been hired and instead believed them to be "libertines."

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