Strauss-Kahn cleared of gang rape charge as victim retracts allegations

     Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared of charges that he participated in the gang rape of a prostitute in a Washington hotel. The charges were dropped after the alleged victim had changed her story to tell police that the group sex with prostitutes at an orgy in Washington DC was 'consensual', prosecutors have revealed.

Strauss-Kahn was accused by the prostitute named Marion of using force against her and other girls during the sex session in December 2010. The prostitute earlier said that Strauss-Kahn had tried to subject her to degrading acts, the Daily Mail reports. But judicial officials said that the woman had now retracted her statement. "She has retracted her deposition in a letter sent to judicial police. She said that in fact the sex was consensual and that the group was playing sexual games," the paper quoted a judicial source, as saying.

"The investigators, who believe they have gone as far as they can with their inquiries, have sent the file back to the prosecutors and a shelving of the inquiry will follow," the source added. The 63-year-old disgraced French politician, however, still stands accused of conspiring with pimps to procure girls for sex parties around the world.

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