Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn at a French Senate hearing in June in Paris (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former chief of the International Monetary Fund, will face charges of aggravated pimping in a French court, the Associated Press reports.

Strauss-Kahn was thrust into the media spotlight in 2011 after he was arrested on charges that he sexually abused a maid, Nafissatou Diallo, at a Manhattan hotel. A New York City judge dismissed the sexual assault charges after an assistant district attorney told the court that inconsistencies in the 32-year-old accuser's story made it impossible to defend her. Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF before the charges were dropped.

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to defend himself in a French court on charges of aggravated pimping despite recommendations by prosecutors that the charges be dropped.

Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille, [France] decided on Friday to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group.

The case revolves around an alleged hotel prostitution ring and hinges on whether Strauss-Kahn knew he was partying with prostitutes and whose money was used to pay them. His lawyers have said Strauss-Kahn had attended "libertine" gatherings but did not know that some women there were paid.

A total of 14 people, including Strauss-Kahn, are to be charged with aggravated pimping in a group. A more serious charge of organized pimping was dropped earlier.

Prosecutors in June had asked for the case against Strauss-Kahn to be dropped on the grounds of lack of evidence, though they agreed the others should be charged.

Read more at the Associated Press.