The case against Strauss-Kahn hinges on whether he knew he was partying with prostitutes and whose money was used to pay them. His lawyers have said Strauss-Kahn had attended “libertine” gatherings but didn’t know that some women there were paid.
In France, it is not against the law to pay for sex, but is against the law to solicit or to run a prostitution business. Two men with ties to Strauss-Kahn are behind bars in the probe, accused of organizing parties involving prostitutes.
Prostitutes questioned in the case said they had sex with Strauss-Kahn during 2010 and 2011 at a luxury hotel in Paris, at a restaurant in the French capital and also in Washington, where he lived while working for the Washington-based IMF, judicial officials have said.
Under French law, preliminary charges mean authorities have reason to believe that a crime was committed but allow more time for investigation.
New York prosecutors dropped their sex assault case against Strauss-Kahn in August last year, saying they had doubts about the hotel maid’s trustworthiness. The settlement last week came as part of a civil case.
The Associated Press generally does not name people who report being sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, which Diallo did.
A French writer also claimed that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 but French prosecutors threw out her case because it happened too long ago.