Former chief of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Khan, who faces criminal charges in France for alleged involvement in a prostitution ring, will advise Serbia’s top officials on economic matters, The Associated Press reports.
The Balkan country’s deputy prime minister, Aleksander Vucic, reportedly told state television Thursday that Strauss-Khan would help the country as it restructures its sizeable foreign debt.
“Picasso treated women and children very badly, while some other people, like Hitler, loved women,” Vucic reportedly said. “If you are going to judge people like that, then you could judge Strauss-Khan badly.”
Strauss-Khan’s imbroglio with — and alleged sexual assault of — a Manhattan hotel maid in 2011 made international headlines. He is currently charged in France for allegedly partying with and paying prostitutes. His lawyers have confirmed he attended “libertine” gatherings but insist he didn’t know the women there were being compensated for services rendered.