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LILLE, France — Five of six plaintiffs in a high-profile French prostitution trial have dropped their accusations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arguing that there isn't enough proof that the former International Monetary Fund chief violated the law.
The move Monday increases the chances that Strauss-Kahn, a onetime contender for the French presidency, will be acquitted of charges of aggravated pimping. Strauss-Kahn argues that he was unaware that women involved in orgies with him were paid sex workers. Court officials said lawyers for four prostitutes and an association that had filed suit are abandoning their pursuit of Strauss-Kahn. They maintained accusations against other co-defendants in the trial in the northern city of Lille. One association, called Nid or "nest," maintained its accusations against Strauss-Kahn.
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