Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyer has joined a host of French individuals who are demanding the right to purchase the services of prostitutes without legal consequence.
Signees of the petition, titled "Don't Touch My Whore," say they are mostly men who "have been, go to or will go to prostitutes" and who are protesting a proposal to be debated next month that would fine them 1,500 euros ($2,059) for doing so, the U.K.'s Telegraph reported.
Richard Malka, who is representing disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief Mr. Strauss-Kahn, is among the high-profile individuals who signed, the report said.
"We believe that everyone has the right to freely sell their charms — and even to like doing so," the petition said. "And we refuse that MPs decree norms on our desires and our pleasures. That doesn't make us the frustrated men, perverts or psychopaths described by partisans of repression dressed up as a feminist struggle."
French prosecutors in July announced that Mr. Strauss-Kahn is to stand trial on allegations of "aggravated pimping" at the Carlton hotel in Lille.
The petition, to be published in next month's edition of Causeur magazine, has sparked fury among feminist groups.
Anne Zelensky, president of the League of Women's Rights, said the petition "humiliates women" and "turns a blind eye the suffering and humiliation of the majority of sex slaves," the Telegraph reported.
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