Former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been acquitted of "aggravated pimping" charges by a French court today.
It brings to a close a four-year saga during which Strauss-Khan was accused of a procuring a number of prostitutes for sex parties in France, Belgium and the US between 2008-11. During this time he was head of the IMF, and married.
The decision was largely expected after a French Prosecutor's call for Kahn to be acquitted of aggravated pimping charges, saying neither the judicial enquiry nor the hearing” had proved that he had provided prostitutes to sex parties.
During the course of the trial, Strauss-Khan said he'd participated in sex parties as he needed "recreational relief". However, he had repeatedly denied that the knew the women who took part in the orgies were prostitutes.
He was one of a number of defendants, including hotel managers, businessmen, lawyers and a police chief.