Strauss-Kahn to break rape case silence on French television

15th September 2011, Comments 1 comment

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to break his silence in a prime time French television interview over charges he attempted to rape a hotel maid in New York, a French magazine said Thursday.

"Strauss-Kahn will on Sunday answer questions from Claire Chazal during the 8:00 pm news on TF1," Le Point said on its website. Chazal is a friend and former colleague of Strauss-Kahn's wife, Anne Sinclair.

Allegations he attempted to rape hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo in his luxury New York hotel suite in May led to Strauss-Kahn having to abandon his hopes of standing in next year's French presidential election.

Before the alleged attack, opinion polls said the Socialist politician was the candidate most likely to beat President Nicolas Sarkozy. Now, France is on tenterhooks to hear his account of what happened.

While US prosecutors dropped all charges against Strauss-Kahn after deeming the alleged victim unreliable, he has been interviewed by French police since returning to Paris on September 4 over another alleged attempted rape.

French writer Tristane Banon, now 32, alleges that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in an empty Paris flat in 2003. Banon brought her allegation to the police in June after the New York allegations.

Strauss-Kahn denies both attacks.

The 62-year-old still faces a civil suit from his New York accuser as well as the Banon claims. He has filed a defamation suit against the writer.

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • karen posted:

    on 15th September 2011, 15:27:17 - Reply

    I believe the title of this article is misleading. Strauss Kahn will be hosted on TF1 by Claire Chazal, but it is not definite if he will break his silence about the NY case. It is expected that he will make his apologies to those who were hurt by the scandal, - his supporters, the French and all others, as he has done to the IMF, but I would not expect any details or explanations coming out regarding the Sofitel affair.

    The affair was a personal incident but it affected and hurt others. He owes them an apology. As to any explanation, he owes that to his wife Anne Sinclair and his family and I am astounded that everyone seems to think he owes them an explanation too. That affair is his private life and the least he can do is apologise for any damaging consequencies that resulted. I wouldn't be holding my breath.