Strauss-Kahn complains of 'paparazzi intrusion'

7th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

French police visited former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Paris apartment on Wednesday, after his allies claimed that press photographers were trying to enter his building.

Strauss-Kahn continues to be of intense interest to the world's media three days after he flew back from the United States, where he had been charged but then cleared with the attempted rape of a hotel maid.

On Sunday on arrival back at his flat in the historic and expensive Place des Vosges, a Renaissance-era square in the historic Marais district, the 62-year-old Socialist politician smiled and waved to journalists.

On Monday, Strauss-Kahn's media advisor said he would soon talk about the scandal, which wrecked his hopes of running for the president against Nicolas Sarkozy next year, but now he appears to be tiring of the attention.

Two uniformed officers and several plain clothes agents visited the apartment for around an hour on Wednesday.

"The police are checking a problem of paparazzi intrusion," Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Henri Leclerc told reporters, denying rumours the officers were seeking to question him about another separate complaint of attempted rape.

A member of the economist's inner circle, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP: "The police were inspecting the premises following repeated intrusions into the building and the car park by photographers."

French writer Tristane Banon has alleged that Strauss-Kahn, who was a notorious womaniser even before he was accused of sexual assault in New York this year, tried to rape her in an empty Paris apartment in 2003.

Strauss-Kahn denied both claims. The New York prosecutor's case fall apart when it emerged that his accuser there had a history of dishonesty, but he may still face questioning in France over the earlier alleged incident.


© 2011 AFP

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