The move, which came Monday, was made to grant the request of investigating judges earlier this month to get a closer look into what happened at that now infamous hotel party in Washington in December 2010.
According to CNN
, the prosecutor's office issued a statement Monday:
"Following the decision by the examining magistrates, who are in charge of the affair known as the 'Carlton Affair, 'they have reason to believe, pertaining to events which allegedly took place in Washington between December 15 and 18 2010, that there is suspicion of gang rape."
Strauss-Kahn's attorneys also issued their own statement, CNN
"The investigation will establish that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has never committed acts of violence or had any relationship whatsoever without the consent of his partners."
Mr Strauss-Kahn, 63, is also under investigation with 3 other men for being involved in a prostitution ring, BBC
reports. He denies those allegations.
In March, prosecutors placed Strauss-Kahn under formal investigation for his alleged role in the 'Carlton Affair,' Digital Journal
A charge that he attempted to rape a hotel maid in New York was dropped, but all the scandal surrounding him essentially destroyed Strauss-Kahn's career at the International Monetary and dashed any hopes of him becoming president of France. Before all this, Strauss-Kahn considered running as the Socialist candidate, and was considered a front runner to win the presidency.
Regarding allegations of gang rape, the married Strauss-Kahn says that whatever happened was "consensual," the AP
According to the AP
, French newspaper, the Liberation, reported earlier this month that two Belgium prostitutes questioned in the Lille probe said Strauss-Kahn was violent during sex at the W Hotel in Washington. One of the women, who the paper described as "escort girls," said Strauss-Kahn used force against her despite her protests to stop.
The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington said no sexual assault at the hotel was reported at the time the two women said it did, CNN
reports that neither of the women filed legal complaints, but under French law, an investigation is permitted even without a formal complaint.
Strauss-Kahn's attorneys said the "declarations made by these young women are contradictory," CNN
reports. It also said that the women's testimony was disclosed right before the final round of the French election, which they believe was a pretty "opportune" time.