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Strauss-Kahn Questioned Over Alleged Prostitution Ring

Paris (CNN) -- Police in France are questioning former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Tuesday as they investigate an alleged prostitution ring allegedly operating out of two French hotels.

Strauss-Kahn has been urging authorities to question him, saying it would help clear his name.

His attorneys released a statement in November saying Strauss-Kahn wanted to address the so-called "media lynching" that he says falsely links him to sex parties with prostitutes in Europe and the United States.

The statement called the allegations against Strauss-Kahn "unhealthy, sensationalist, and not without a political agenda."

His lawyer Frederique Beaulieu accompanied him to the police station in Lille Tuesday but did not make any comment as she went in, a police spokesman in the northern French city said.

The questioning is going on behind closed doors, and it is not clear how long it will last.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers in Paris declined CNN requests for comment Tuesday.

Strauss-Kahn has been linked with a number of sex scandals in the past year -- one of which torpedoed his expected plan to run for president of France this year -- but he has not been convicted of any crime.

He stepped down from the top job at the IMF after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault and attempted rape in May.

The case ultimately fell apart after the alleged victim posed significant credibility issues for prosecutors, despite forensic evidence that showed a sexual encounter had occurred.

The prostitution probe, nicknamed the "Carlton Affair" by the French press, kicked off in October.

It centers around the city of Lille, where investigators began looking into claims that luxury hotels, including the Carlton, served as a base for a high-profile prostitution network.

A hotel manager and four other men were arrested late last year in connection with the investigation.

Strauss-Kahn has not been arrested or charged in connection with the Carlton Affair, but the incident continues a string of sexual allegations against him.

He also faced allegations of attempted rape from a young French writer. Tristane Banon filed a complaint, alleging a 2003 attack, though it could not be pursued because of a statute of limitations.

Strauss-Kahn denied the allegations and has since filed a countersuit in France alleging slander.

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