PARIS - Lawyers for disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Friday urged French magistrates to speak to him as soon as possible about a prostitution scandal in which his name has figured, saying he was being "lynched" in the media while they delayed.

Strauss-Kahn was once favorite to become France's next president but saw his IMF career and electoral ambitions wrecked in May when he was arrested in New York and accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid.

The US criminal charges were dropped and a sex assault complaint by a French writer was also dismissed, but his image has suffered serious damage.

According to media reports, his name has now surfaced in text messages unearthed in an investigation into a French prostitution ring, dubbed the Carlton Affair.

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