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Strauss-Kahn awaits ruling over 'sexcapade' book ban

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-02-26

A Paris court on Tuesday is expected to decide if a sexually explicit book about an affair with Dominique Strauss-Kahn can be published. The former IMF chief says the work violates his privacy and is seeking damages.

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn awaited a decision from a Paris court on Tuesday, after filing a legal action to block the release of a book that reveals, in steamy details, his 2012 romance with a Parisian writer.

“Belle et bête”, a kiss-and-tell book by French lawyer and newspaper columnist Marcela Iacub is supposed to hit book shops on Wednesday. While Iacub sometimes expresses her admiration for Strauss-Kahn in her book, the work largely portrays him as an unfeeling, sexually-obsessed “half-man, half pig.”

Pleading with the court during the hearing on Tuesday morning, Struass-Kahn said it was time to halt the “excesses” of book publishers and the press, which were “willing to do anything to make money”, according to Pascale Robert-Diard, a reporter from Le Monde.

“Is everything allowed in the quest to make money, to shoot a man who has already been pushed to the ground?” he asked judges.

Strauss-Kahn, 63, who was once considered the frontrunner of France’s 2012 presidential election, fell from grace in 2011 after an alleged sexual attack on a maid at a luxury Manhattan hotel.

Since returning to France he has been mired in legal proceedings linked to purported sexual crimes.

Even before its release, Iacub’s book has received wide attention in the French media. Extracts were published last week in the news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur.

While Iacub never mentions Strauss-Kahn by name, it is clear he is the leading man in the sordid love story. The former IMF boss filed an urgent motion against Iacub and her publisher, Stock, decrying a “violation of personal privacy”.

He is also seeking 100,000 euros in damages from the author and publisher, and a similar amount from Le Nouvel Observateur.

Judges in the Palais de Justice, in central Paris, were expected to render a verdict on Strauss-Kahn’s motion at 7:30pm local time.

Date created : 2013-02-26

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