Strauss-Kahn pimping trial begets some raunchy testimony

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Femen activists are detained by police after jumping in front of the car carrying former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (not seen) upon his arrival for his trial in Lille, northern France, on February 10, 2015. Three topless women from the protest group Femen jumped on the car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the former IMF chief arrived to testify at his trial for 'aggravated pimping.' With slogans scrawled on their half-naked bodies and hurling insults at the car, the three protesters were quickly rounded up by police as the car entered an underground parking area. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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.
Police detain a topless Femen activist who jumped in front of the car carrying former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (not seen) as he arrives for his trial in Lille, northern France, on February 10, 2015. Three topless women from the protest group Femen jumped on the car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the former IMF chief arrived to testify at his trial for 'aggravated pimping.' With slogans scrawled on their half-naked bodies and hurling insults at the car, the three protesters were quickly rounded up by police as the car entered an underground parking area. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
A Femen activist reacts as she is detained by police after she jumped in front of the car carrying former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (not seen) upon his arrival for his trial in Lille, northern France, on February 10, 2015. Three topless women from the protest group Femen jumped on the car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the former IMF chief arrived to testify at his trial for 'aggravated pimping.' With slogans scrawled on their half-naked bodies and hurling insults at the car, the three protesters were quickly rounded up by police as the car entered an underground parking area. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Police detain topless Femen activists who jumped in front of the car carrying former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (not seen) as he arrives for his trial in Lille, northern France, on February 10, 2015. Three topless women from the protest group Femen jumped on the car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the former IMF chief arrived to testify at his trial for 'aggravated pimping.' With slogans scrawled on their half-naked bodies and hurling insults at the car, the three protesters were quickly rounded up by police as the car entered an underground parking area. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel on February 11, 2015, in the northern French city of Lille to attend his trial on chages of procuring women. Fourteen people in total are facing the charge, in a trial involving interlocking cases of well-connected friends accused of introducing each other to prostitutes, and procuring prostitutes for sex parties. Strauss-Kahn, the most high-profile protagonist, admits to attending orgies organized by his entourage, but denies knowing the women lavishing their attention on him were prostitutes. Strauss-Kahn denied knowing the women he had orgies with were prostitutes and said paying for sex would be too great a risk for a man who was busy 'saving the world.' AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTI (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Carlton Public Relations officer Rene Kojfer arrives at the courthouse in Lille, northern France, on February 6, 2015 during a French pimping trial involving a former IMF chief. Members of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's entourage are accused of procuring prostitutes from Rene Kojfer, 74, former public relations manager for the Carlton and Dominique Alderweireld, a notorious brothel owner in Belgium just across the border who is known as 'Dodo the Pimp'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due to appear in court Monday as one of the defendants in a trial investigating an alleged prostitution ring. Photo: Reuters
A court sketch shows presiding judge Bernard Lemaire (C) attending the first day of the so-called 'Carlton Case' trial at the Lille courthouse, northern France, on February 2, 2015. The sexual proclivities of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn come under the spotlight again on February 2 when he goes on trial in Lille for 'pimping' four years after a sex scandal cost him a shot at the presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock, accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organise sex parties for him in Brussels, Paris and Washington. AFP PHOTO / BENOIT PEYRUCQ (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
A court sketch shows defendants French-born pimp and defendant Dominique Alderweireld or 'Dodo la Saumure' (2nd R) and his partner and associate Beatrice Legrain (2nd L) attending the first day of the so-called 'Carlton Case' trial at the Lille courthouse, northern France, on February 2, 2015. The sexual proclivities of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn come under the spotlight again on February 2 when he goes on trial in Lille for 'pimping' four years after a sex scandal cost him a shot at the presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock, accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organise sex parties for him in Brussels, Paris and Washington. AFP PHOTO / BENOIT PEYRUCQ (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
Eric Dupond-Moretti, lawyer of the ex-director of a BTP Eiffage construction group subsidiary and defendant David Roquet takes a break at the Lille courthouse, northern France, on February 2, 2015, on the first day of the so-called 'Carlton Case' trial. The sexual proclivities of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn come under the spotlight again on February 2 when he goes on trial in Lille for 'pimping' four years after a sex scandal cost him a shot at the presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock, accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organise sex parties for him in Brussels, Paris and Washington. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 02: Eric Dupont-Moretti, the lawyer of David Roquet arrives at the Lille courthouse, on February 2, 2015, in Lille, France.The trial in the so-called Carlton affair in which the ex-president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn is implicated for his involvement in a prostitution ring between northern France and Belgium, will be held from February 2 to 20 at the Criminal Court of Lille in northern France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 02: Henri Leclerc, lawyer of former IMF chief and defendant Dominique Strauss-Kahn, talks to the press as he arrives at the Lille courthouse, on February 2, 2015, in Lille, France.The trial in the so-called Carlton affair in which the ex-president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn is implicated for his involvement in a prostitution ring between northern France and Belgium, will be held from February 2 to 20 at the Criminal Court of Lille in northern France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 02: Beatrice Legrain, partner and associate of French-born alleged pimp Dominique Alderweireld or 'Dodo la Saumure' arrives at the Lille courthouse, on February 2, 2015, in Lille, France.The trial in the so-called Carlton affair in which the ex-president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn is implicated for his involvement in a prostitution ring between northern France and Belgium, will be held from February 2 to 20 at the Criminal Court of Lille in northern France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)
Journalists gather outside the Lille courthouse, northern France, on February 2, 2015, on the first day of the so-called 'Carlton Case' trial. The sexual proclivities of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn come under the spotlight again on February 2 when he goes on trial in Lille for 'pimping' four years after a sex scandal cost him a shot at the presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock, accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organise sex parties for him in Brussels, Paris and Washington. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public walk through a metal detector as they arrive at the Lille courthouse, northern France, on February 2, 2015, on the first day of the so-called 'Carlton Case' trial. The sexual proclivities of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn come under the spotlight again on February 2 when he goes on trial in Lille for 'pimping' four years after a sex scandal cost him a shot at the presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock, accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organise sex parties for him in Brussels, Paris and Washington. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Henri Leclerc, lawyer of former IMF chief and defendant Dominique Strauss-Kahn, talks to the press as he arrives at the Lille courthouse, northern France, on February 2, 2015, on the first day of the so-called 'Carlton Case' trial. The sexual proclivities of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn come under the spotlight again on February 2 when he goes on trial in Lille for 'pimping' four years after a sex scandal cost him a shot at the presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock, accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organise sex parties for him in Brussels, Paris and Washington. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Eric Dupond-Moretti, lawyer of the ex-director of a BTP Eiffage construction group subsidiary and alleged pimp, David Roquet, arrives at the Lille courthouse, northern France, on February 2, 2015, on the first day of the so-called 'Carlton Case' trial. The sexual proclivities of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn come under the spotlight again on February 2 when he goes on trial in Lille for 'pimping' four years after a sex scandal cost him a shot at the presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock, accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organise sex parties for him in Brussels, Paris and Washington. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
French police officer and alleged pimp Jean-Christophe Lagarde (C) and his lawyer Olivier Bluche arrive at the Lille courthouse, northern France, on February 2, 2015, on the first day of the so-called 'Carlton Case' trial. The sexual proclivities of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn come under the spotlight again on February 2 when he goes on trial in Lille for 'pimping' four years after a sex scandal cost him a shot at the presidency. The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock, accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organise sex parties for him in Brussels, Paris and Washington. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Hotel Carlton stands illuminated in Lille, France, on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is one of 14 men and women on trial in the so-called Carlton Affair, known for the four-star hotel in the northern French city of Lille where some of the alleged encounters took place and some of the defendants worked. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A cyclist passes the Hotel Carlton in Lille, France, on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is one of 14 men and women on trial in the so-called Carlton Affair, known for the four-star hotel in the northern French city of Lille where some of the alleged encounters took place and some of the defendants worked. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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PARIS (AP) -- Half-way through his three-week trial for aggravated pimping, ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been forced under days of judicial questioning to explicitly detail his history of, in his own words, "libertine" sexual practices.

Strauss-Kahn pleads innocence, saying he had no way of knowing the women who took part in his orgies at luxury hotels in Paris, Brussels and Washington, weren't freely consenting libertines like himself, but in fact prostitutes paid for by some of his 13 co-defendants in the case.

The trial is scheduled to run until Feb. 20. While much of the courtroom testimony is raunchy, here is a PG-selection of some of the attention-grabbing testimony made so far:

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"It was a slaughterhouse. They were lying on the mattress in all directions. It was a rather degrading scene. I didn't know whether these people had showered. I didn't want any part of it."

--Ex-prostitute known as "Jade," testifying about a 2009 orgy with Strauss-Kahn at a Belgian sex club.

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"That's him, but with his clothes on."

--Ex-prostitute known as "Jade," testifying about how she only realized Strauss-Kahn's identity after she saw him on television sometime after one of his orgies.

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"We met 12 times in four years. It wasn't the frenetic, unbridled activity that the investigating magistrates' report makes out. At the time, I mention without pretension, I had other things to do."

--Strauss-Kahn, in response to questioning over the frequency of his orgies during the period in which he is accused of organizing a prostitution ring.

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"What can I say? It's nothing to be proud of, but there have been 10 times that I've found myself in a situation where a woman threw herself at me."

--Strauss-Kahn, in response to questioning about why he didn't suspect the women he spontaneously had sex with in a restaurant basement were prostitutes.

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"I had a very hectic life, with just a few outlets for recreation, and these sessions were part of that."

--Strauss-Kahn, explaining how the function of IMF chief limited his occasions for sex parties.

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"People say that at these soirees, the girls were gifts, but in fact at these parties the gift was Dominique Strauss-Kahn."

--Co-defendant Fabrice Paszkowski, testifying about the organization of Strauss-Kahn's orgies.

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"That's certainly what some people think, and I believe the IMF saved the world from a crisis that could have been as bad as that of 1929."

--Strauss-Kahn, responding to a judge's description of him as "once one of the world's most powerful people."

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"I dare you to distinguish between a prostitute and a naked socialite."

--Strauss-Kahn lawyer Henri Leclerc, explaining the difficulty Strauss-Kahn had in identifying his sex partners as prostitutes.

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Philippe Sotto in Lille contributed to this report.

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