After being accused of attempting to rape a New York City hotel maid, the reputation of IMF chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been shattered. He joins a long list of politicians who have met a similar fate.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund and a prominent member of France's Socialist Party, now belongs to a worldwide club of politicians who have found themselves embroiled in sex scandals. From 1960s Britain to modern-day Malaysia, sordid scandals have forced a long list of high flyers, rightly or wrongly accused of sexual crimes and misdemeanours, to fall from grace. FRANCE 24 takes a look at a few such scandals.
- The former deputy prime minister of Malaysia and current head of the opposition, Anwar Ibrahim, faces up to 20 years in prison if he is found guilty of sodomising a 25-year-old aide who says he forced him into having sex in June 2008. Malaysia’s high court ruled on May 16 that prosecutors have established a credible sodomy case against him. Ibrahim says the government has concocted the charges against him.
- Former Zimbabwean president and Methodist minister Canaan Banana was condemned to one year in prison in May 2000 for 11 counts of sodomy and for forcing male staff members to carry out “unnatural acts” during his time in office in the 1980s. He was released after only eight months. He died in 2003.
- “Monicagate” is perhaps the world’s most infamous sex scandal. Former US president Bill Clinton was accused in 1997 of having sexual relations with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky between 1995 and 1997. In the meantime, a former colleague of the president's, Paula Jones, accused him of sexual harassment during his time as governor of Arkansas in the early 1990s. While that case was settled out of court, the Lewinsky revelations led to the impeachment of the president. He was eventually cleared of the charges and of obstructing the course of justice but forced to admit that he had “inappropriate” relations with Lewinsky.
- The former Democratic governor of New York state, Eliot Spitzer, resigned from his post in 2008 after it was revealed that he had spent thousands of dollars on high-class prostitutes during his time in office. Formerly known as “New York’s Mr. Clean”, Spitzer stood down just a year after being elected following threats of impeachment.
Date created : 2011-05-16