Former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn has come under fresh pressure, as he is expected to face new allegations of sexual assault.
French investigators have called on the prosecutors to let them widen the inquiry to cover alleged group rape of a woman by Strauss-Kahn and three friends at a hotel in Washington in 2010.
The former IMF chief is already facing preliminary charges of “aggravated procurement in an organized gang,” the legal term for pimping, in Lille.
It comes after a prostitute told the inquiry in her evidence that Strauss-Kahn and his friends forced her to have sex when she came to Washington in December 2010 to meet him.
“The prosecution is studying the request. There are two possible options: the request is turned down or police open a preliminary investigation," a spokeswoman for the prosecutors said.
Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers in Paris immediately issued a statement, saying the accusations are part of a "lynching campaign.”
Lille prosecutor's office will decide whether to expand the investigation next week.
Last Year, Strauss-Kahn resigned as the head of the IMF and ended his ambitions to become the next French president after he was charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York. The case was later dropped.
Strauss-Kahn, who used to be the Socialist Party leader, appeared to have a good chance of defeating the incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 French presidential elections.