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Disgraced Strauss-Kahn ‘just wants to be left alone’

Text by Tony Todd

Latest update : 2012-10-10

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has suffered a spectacular downfall since running the International Monetary Fund. He tells a French magazine he is tired of relentless lurid stories about his sex life and “just wants to be left alone” to get on with his life.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn said he “just wants to be left alone” in an extensive interview with a French magazine to be published Thursday, in which he describes his fall from grace from being one of the world’s most powerful men to the object of lurid media fascination.

He told weekly Le Point in a five-page interview that he was “not a wealthy man” and that he wanted a measure of privacy so that he could get on with his life in peace.

Known in France by his initials “DSK”, the former head of the International Monetary Fund’s reputation suffered a catastrophic blow when a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in May 2011.

While criminal charges against him were quickly dropped, DSK, who was seen at top Socialist contender for the 2012 French presidential election, is still facing civil action from alleged victim Nafissatou Diallo, whom he claimed was simply after his money.

“In the United States these kinds of civil actions are only ever launched against people who are very rich,” he told Le Point Magazine in a five-page interview to be published Thursday. “Her lawyers believed that I was a wealthy man. But I’m not.”

DSK insists that sexual relations he had with Diallo were consensual.

Downward spiral

But in what he previously described as “greater than a weakness, it was a moral weakness, a moral mistake,” the accusation began a downward spiral that would include accusations (still being investigated) of criminal involvement in a France-based prostitution ring.

Since then lurid details of his private life and sexual mores have been relentlessly splashed in international media, including stories of participating in orgies at which prostitutes attended.

But DSK, who freely admits attending these sex parties, denies he has done anything wrong, and says charges of organised crime and pimping “are just as artificial as they are absurd.”

“The reality is that I have a friend who organises these nights that I attended,” he told Le Point. “And just because there were prostitutes there as well, I’m accused of starting a prostitution ring.”

Some of these women, including Diallo, have claimed that there was a sadistic aspect to DSK’s sex drive, which he lamented as particularly upsetting.

“I simply don’t recognise this description of me,” he said. “Everyone who knows me knows that I am not a violent man, that I find any kind of violence abhorrent.”

‘I was naive’

DSK said that despite his “moral failings”, he had become the victim of a “media frenzy” that has left him with “zero privacy”.

“For a long time I believed I could lead a private life, as I wanted, without it impinging on my professional life,” he said. “This included open [sexual] relations between consenting adults.

“But I was naive. My personal life was out of joint with French society who expected something different from a political figure.

“But the moral judgement that certain people have made about my private life do not justify the abuse that I have been given.”

DSK, who is now separated from wife Anne Sinclair, a famous French TV journalist and chief editor of the French Huffington Post, told Le Point he had no intention of going back to politics and that he was now making a living as a freelance financial consultant.

“I’m looking at getting involved in big international projects,” he said. “But for the moment I am still shackled by this situation of mine.”
 

Date created : 2012-10-10

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