Dominique Strauss-Kahn is suing a Belgium-based pimp, who is linked to sex parties the disgraced former IMF chief attended, for opening a brothel that bears the initials "DSK", his lawyers said yesterday.
The pimp, Dominique Alderweireld or "Dodo la Saumure", relished the challenge, saying it would bring publicity.
Strauss-Kahn, a potential presidential contender in the 2012 French election whose chances were dashed by a New York sex scandal involving a hotel maid, is well known by his initials DSK.
That would also be the acronym for a new brothel "Dodo Sex Klub" which is set to open in the town of Blaton in Belgium, where prostitution and brothel ownership are legal.
French-born Alderweireld is accused of aggravated pimping and supplying prostitutes to Strauss-Kahn - a charge he denies.
Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said they were suing the 64-year-old pimp for deliberately choosing a name that "reproduces [Strauss-Kahn's] initials which identify him to all."
Alderweireld was unfazed by the announcement. "All the better, it will bring publicity," he said. "It amuses me. Let's see if they win in Belgium."
Strauss-Kahn was forced to resign as head of the International Monetary Fund following his 2011 arrest for an alleged sexual assault on a New York hotel maid.
Criminal charges in the case were dropped and at the end of 2012, Strauss-Kahn settled a civil suit brought by the maid by paying her undisclosed damages, which reportedly exceeded US$1.5 million.
Strauss-Kahn's lawyers insist he had no idea the women taking part in the parties were prostitutes. But prosecutors say he was central to the organisation of what amounted to orgies.
Last August, a French judge sent Strauss-Kahn and 12 others - including Alderweireld - to trial on charges of aggravated pimping as part of an organised gang. A ruling is expected sometime this year.