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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    Hang him, please, and just to ensure justice, her too.

    September 19, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |

    Please, understand how iincredibly wrong our country has gone, peversion, simple, powerful, and now flambouyant

    September 19, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |


    September 19, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Translation: I felt her up and she enjoyed it. Piggish enough if true, but I still don't believe him.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andreas Moser

    Pervert! But I predicted that he would escape jail:

    September 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nunya

    Whats the story here? he nutted on a mexican...had she not stole that job from a welfare mom i might feel bad that he didnt impregnate her face? wait....what?

    September 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ma & pa

    @banasy "What?!". Explainer, simple one so as not to frighten or negatively inspire the children or rile DHS. "natural disasters" means if he did as accused his actions were disastrous (very traumatic) to her for some time. "natural" means he did it using only his brute force. Had he, to accomplish alleged acts, used a drugged beverage or a stun gun or more advanced technology to do said acts and make sure she didn't know it happened, that would be "unnatural" evil and he would not have been accused...bacause she would not remember for a long time, if ever. If the world was nurturing, as it should be, there'd be only good uses for technology. If the world was as it should be people such as us would have had no contact with such things.

    September 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
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