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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the brothel?

Dominique Alderweireld or “Dodo la Saumure” poses with dancers at his DSKlub in April.

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Dominique Alderweireld or “Dodo la Saumure” poses with dancers at his DSKlub in April.

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Given the accusations of sexual harassment that have dogged him for much of his career, it is unlikely that Dominique Strauss-Kahn will ever have a school or street named after him. But the French politician and former head of the International Monetary Fund for a brief time was the unwilling namesake of a brothel in Belgium (where prostitution is legal).

In May, Strauss-Kahn won a suit in a Belgian court claiming that the club’s owner, Dominique Alderweireld, also known as “Dodo la Saumure,” had caused “unbearable interference with his honor and personal rights” by naming the sex club after him. Alderweireld is appealing the decision but is willing to change the name of his establishment, currently DSKlub, if necessary.

The club’s name certainly didn’t damage Strauss-Kahn’s reputation the way that the sexual assault charges he faced in 2011 did. (He was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel, but the charges were dropped.) And if Strauss-Kahn’s goal is to convince people he has changed his ways, broadcasting to the world that there is a brothel named after him probably isn’t the best way to do it.

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