Strauss-Kahn eager to be in France after 'nightmare'
Former IMF chief and French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Tuesday he hoped to return home after what he called a "nightmare" three-month-long prosecution on sexual assault charges.
"This is the end of a terrible and unjust ordeal," Strauss-Kahn told reporters outside of his upscale home in Lower Manhattan where he has been staying while awaiting the outcome of the legal process.
"I'm eager to return to my country, but first there are a few small things I need to do before leaving," Strauss-Kahn said, pledging: "I'll express myself at greater length once I'm back in France."
The comments were the first following a judge's order dismissing the sex assault indictment stemming from allegations he attacked a maid at his luxury hotel suite in May.
Moments after the order, Strauss-Kahn issued a written statement thanking his wife and supporters.
"These past two and a half months have been a nightmare for me and my family," the statement said.
"I want to thank all the friends in France and in the United States who have believed in my innocence, and to the thousands of people who sent us their support personally and in writing. I am most deeply grateful to my wife and family who have gone through this ordeal with me.
"We also want to express our appreciation to Judge (Michael) Obus and his staff and especially to all the people who work in this court who made such an effort to protect my wife and me whenever we came here."
© 2011 AFP