Strauss-Kahn thanks court for hearing him out as 3-week pimping trial closes, verdict June 12

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PARIS — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has thanked a French court that is trying him for pimping for listening to his side of the story.

The court in northern Lille set a June 12 date for the verdict at Friday's close of the three-week trial. Strauss-Kahn denies pimping but has admitted to orgies, being "rough" with "conquests" and needing sex with exceptional frequency. None of that is illegal.

Last week, the prosecutor called for his acquittal — a day after five of six plaintiffs dropped their accusations — saying a court doesn't pass moral judgments.

Strauss-Kahn risks up to 10 years in prison and a 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) fine if found guilty.

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