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After Ms. Diallo came forward, other sexual allegations emerged against Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who had been known as a womanizer, but largely viewed as debonair.

French judges are to decide by Dec. 19 whether to annul charges linking him to a suspected prostitution ring run out of a luxury hotel in Lille, France. He acknowledges attending “libertine” gatherings, but says he didn’t know about any women getting paid to participate.

Another inquiry, centered on allegations of rape in a hotel in Washington, D.C., was dropped after French prosecutors said the accuser, an escort, changed her account to say she wasn’t forced to have sex.

AP writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.