Dominique Strauss-Kahn, safely back in Paris, has finally spoken in public and acknowledged a “moral failing” toward his wife, children and the French people in his behavior with a maid at New York’s Sofitel. The maid, as most sentient beings recall, accused the then IMF chief of sexual assault. New York authorities have since dropped the charges.
Meanwhile, en France, more travails await Strauss-Kahn, according to the WSJ:
Last week, he was questioned as a witness by French police over accusations of attempted rape made against him by a novelist, a lawyer for the French politician said.
Paris prosecutors are conducting a preliminary probe into allegations made by French novelist Tristane Banon, who accused Mr. Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in February 2003, when she went to see him for an interview for a book. Mr. Strauss-Kahn said in the TV interview Sunday that there was “no aggression” and “no violence” by him against Ms. Banon when he met her. He said her description of events was “a figment of her own imagination,” adding that he had filed a complaint for slander. Ms. Banon has said recently she maintains her accusations.
DSK will not be competing for the French presidency this year as a Socialist.