Strauss-Kahn acknowledges 'moral weakness,' denies violence against maid
September 18th, 2011
02:29 PM ET

Strauss-Kahn acknowledges 'moral weakness,' denies violence against maid

What happened regarding a Guinean maid in a luxury New York hotel suite in May was a "moral weakness," French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Sunday in an interview with French television station TF1.

He denied any violence or aggression, but said the incident was "an error, a mistake - a mistake concerning my wife, my children, my friends" as well as the French people "who placed their hope for change in me."

The former International Monetary Fund chief returned to France earlier this month after a long legal battle stemming from allegations made by the  maid.

Based largely on the testimony of his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, a grand jury indicted Strauss-Kahn on seven counts - two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, sexual abuse in the third degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, attempt to commit rape in the first degree and forcible touching.

Questions arose over the credibility of Diallo, prompting prosecutors to back off. In August, a New York judge waived the sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn.

Strauss-Kahn  also said that accusations by French writer Tristane Banon that he attempted to rape her in 2003 are "imaginary."

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  1. foreverwar

    What a bucket of slime. Hope his wife has a moment of "moral weakness" and poisons his coffee.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Back at you

    You Must be a polar bear.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. novi

    if the maid my girlfriend i will kill dsk for real!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lettie

    She is a liar and a thief. She earned some extra cash on her knees and then decided to make some extra with blackmail. She is a nasty creature and ought to be sent back to her native land where she can whine about abuse and torture to her criminal friends. We have more than enough illegals and criminals here without keeping her, too.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      Once you found out this woman was black, now you offer your Racist Redneck Opinion.
      If Straus was a Black Man your opinion of her would be the complete opposite. I'm 65yrs old and I recognize Rednecks even hiding behind your computer moniter

      September 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Juditha

    DKS is a piece of filth, not of high moral standards. Figures of his kind.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Annexian

    Really, aren't we more disappointed than outraged?

    I mean, he's one of the "Globalist Bankers". He's supposed to have his pick of the cute, young things. While the hard working man is ruined by divorce when the shifting economy fails, they have one disposable squeeze toy after another. "I gave that rat the best years of my life!" the ex sobs, "That's all he wanted, fool" says his lawyer. But the New World Order makes sure the semi successful but not rich elite man gets a "Subpoena" served to him so his wife once she feels dissatisfied gets to steal all his works from him with a no fault divorce and fake battery charges.

    We expect so much more of the Globalist Bankers. After all, if they "Lose their souls to gain the world" you expect cute young things they do all sorts of sick things to, then sacrifice to the Owl statue (Moloch) at Bohemian Grove or what-not. Frankly, this guy's alleged "Victim" wouldn't make "Beaver Hunt" in Larry Flynt's wonderful magazine.

    Really, what a disappointment.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. NYCMovieFan

    The Kahn high-priced attornies said early on the case that they would make it go away in NY. Despite the evidence shown to a grand jury, who moved to charge him with serious crimes, the DA dropped the charges. We still have not yet heard an explanation from the DA office on this, but a public defender needs to investigate the handling of this case, as it appears that dropping the charges was NEVER in the public interest. So who benefited from it? Clearly we need a better DA!!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jack

      He did explain it. He knew DSK was on a plane to leave the country and he had to act fast. He believed the maid on Day 1. As time went by her credibility was severly compromised on several fronts. The DA regrets never being ableto know the truth but even if DSK was 100% guilty, no jury would believe the maid. That is the hard truth.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      you conveniently left out her tainted testimony

      September 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adrian

      It was all a big lie made up to get him out of the IMF for criticizing the USA economy. Its all CIA fixed to also help the present president of France stay there for another term. Whoever believes this whole drama is very naive. Why would a rich and powerful man like Strauss mess with the help and she also disgusting looking to say the least. She makes me want to piuck !

      September 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tmj

    He is a piece of human waste.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • aar

      I second this.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Damoe

    Still smells like she was paid off to drop the charges. And these comments don't change that smell.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. erich2112x

    Her story didn't wash. It was riddled with inconsistencies. You know what country you live in, you know how it works here. We don't throw people in jail just based on an accusation. We need proof, and THAT applies to everyone. You want the opportunists to have a field day with our as$es?.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • az

      Really!!! Which country do you like in? Ever visited the jail lately to see how many innocent people are locked up after being setup by the feds?

      September 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Eric is still correct, we live by rule of law, she was no longer credible, even the police no longer believe her story – and you cannot convict a man when your witness is tainted.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      Really? So I'd find that out by simply visiting the jail?

      September 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • melchior

      DSK has been thrown in jail based only on accusation. This is the american criminal system.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. deep gash

    da truth neva lies!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Paul Willson

    He should be deported and rtied in NYC . And as for a political future >FORGET IT

    September 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      In case you already missed it he is already back home in France

      September 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CARLOS

    Any wonder this country is going down the tank.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    she probally misses him.. it was probally the only attention she has got in a long time...

    September 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Rico

    I do not believe a word out of that lying illegal. Send her home.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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