Strauss-Kahn to talk soon about sex scandal: aide

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn will speak publicly within the next fortnight about the New York sex scandal that cost him his job as IMF chief, his media advisor said Monday.

The hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her has gone on US television to speak about the May 14 incident, but Strauss-Kahn, who returned to Paris Sunday after charges against him were dropped, has remained silent.

His media advisor Anne Hormel asked journalists waiting outside Strauss-Kahn's chic Paris home to "leave him alone" and said he would speak publicly for the first time sometime over the next two weeks.

His lawyers have insisted that the sex with the Manhattan hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, was consensual.

The 62-year-old Socialist politician still faces a civil suit from his New York accuser as well as a probe into allegations he tried to rape a young writer in Paris in 2003, which he denies.

Before the sex scandal, opinion polls showed he was the top contender to oust the right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential election.

© 2011 AFP

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