US media give low-key accounts DSK interview
Major US newspapers gave low-key accounts of a television interview by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, focusing on straight reporting of his comments.
The Washington Post noted that "throughout what appeared to be a heavily scripted 20-minute-long interview with French broadcaster TF1, Strauss-Kahn managed to come off as contrite even as the Socialist politician insisted he hadnt forced himself on either of the women."
According to The New York Times, during his interview "Strauss-Kahn was uncomfortable, intermittently angry and sounded bitter."
"Even as Mr. Strauss-Kahn admitted to his bad behavior, he did so with gritted teeth. The words were regretful but the tone was combative," the paper observed.
The Los Angeles Times noted that Strauss-Kahn criticized the American justice system, saying it had made him "very, very afraid."
"While ruling out a presidential run, he refused to rule out a return to politics," The LA Times pointed out.
"We will see," he said.
In his interview Sunday, Strauss-Kahn admitted his encounter with a New York hotel maid had been a "moral failing" but insisted he had not tried to rape her.
Strauss-Kahn said he had let down both his loyal wife and the French people, and admitted he had abandoned his hopes of running for president next year, but denied he had sexually assaulted two women who brought charges against him.
Following the maid's accusations last May, Strauss-Kahn was arrested, handcuffed and briefly jailed, but the criminal trial collapsed when the New York prosecutor said the Guinean maid's history of deceit and inconsistent testimony made her an unreliable witness.
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