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. Trista

    First off, I am truly blown away by how unintelligent and ignorant some posters' comments are. I've never seen so many misspelled words and incomplete thoughts. It's amazing how some people can have so much bigotry and hatred, because of the color of someone's skin. Referencing Khan and the maid, no one knows what happened, but those two. He's very arrogant and conceited to make such bold statements after receiving a "get out of jail free card"! He may have gotten by, but he sure hasn't gotten away. It's a thing called "karma" and it's real!

    September 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ArtInChicago

    More like an oral weakness.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. bezerkur

    money and power can get you out of anything. ask the late great micheal jackson who everyone mourned a national hero. ask that kid who was the star of 'home alone' who had a promising career why he is such a mess. why do you think that is. its only obvious.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. bezerkur

    figurers i mention wacko jacko and cnn wont publish my blog. even in death the child rapist still gets protected. ubetchya

    September 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. fernace

    The censor wont let me have "freedom of speech" because of la.ws.uit protection, probably! My last comment was" I hope they have both learned a valuable lesson, from this"!!

    September 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. hhh

    He was guilty, but got away because he could afforded the best lawyers in new york.

    September 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ma & pa

    Winston and you other good people, Agreed. You made us laugh so hard that we stopped laughing. We knew a girl who was used the worst, in the olden days, so she kept it in a jar. The habitual r_)i;t never did it again. That maid cleaned thoroughly. Now we have laws against what happened to the girl and the greasy swine still escape. Maybe the swine has put his foot far enough into his mouth, he's now exposed. How much money covers aboveground abuse?

    September 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. banasy©

    Trista:
    Welcome to the blogs.

    September 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • the Prophet

      Hi Benasy i am trying to: Raising money to build a log cabin contributors are welcome to stay over free with room service and gourmet meals please principle only ski slopes 3 miles away, more details upon contacting.

      What you think any ideas? it says in the bible ask and you shell receive! its good Karma to help me i think!
      Thanks

      September 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Hi prophet:

    I think you're taking that quote out of context, and I think I'm the last person you should be asking for advice from, being how I'm generally b!tched out when I give it.
    Good luck with your endeavor, however. :)

    September 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. ma & pa

    DSK,though,isn't as bad as many. That's shown by the maid filing complaint. Had he used bad technology, she would not have known she'd been used to do his dirtywork until years later if at all. So he kept it in the realm of natural disasters.

    September 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. banasy©

    @ma & pa:

    What?!

    September 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Alida

    DSK is definitely a liar, what I don't understand is, if the DA could not rely on Miss Dialo's story due to the her credibility since she had lied in the past (?), what about DSK's credibility in the past also? Almost every newspaper told every DSK stories about his infidelity..could we trust him too? Beside if she had some flaws concerning her past, does that mean that DSK could do anything he wants to her? This is just about money and power and certianly we need a crediblw DA for Gos sake.

    September 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RightturnClyde

    So obviously a replay of Duke University: a cheap puta learns he is a millionaire and wants more money. She decides to extort him but her track records is a pile of lies. Just like Duke U. The D.A. does a lousy job (politically motivated) and the cops are unionized so they always do a lousy job. The ho knows all of that and figures it's worth a couple million but it backfires. (here lawyers also see a couple million each)

    September 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jean-Michel

    DSK is a liar. This interview was stage.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. BOND, JAMES

    All the justice you can afford, this is what is wrong in usa, i would be sentenced already

    September 19, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
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