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. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    to bad there isn't a tape..we could study it for evidence..

    September 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    This is really very old and uninteresting news. How about printing something we may want to comment on ?

    September 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      Apparently they did.

      September 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      Please do not read old and uninteresting articles. It forces you to make uninteresting comments and receive uninteresting replies. Hopefully and asteroid will hit the earth, giving you something really interesting to make uninteresting comments about.

      September 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    just like OJ...Bought his way out of it!

    September 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Autumn

    Karma will find this dirt bag

    September 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gdssd

    yah but it has a BJ in it

    September 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gdssd

    The real problem is that he forgot to tip the maid for the BJ

    September 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. redneckssuck

    What's the french word for as shole?

    September 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ftz211@gmail.com

      It's «TROU DU CUL»

      September 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • grommet

      Le as shole.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. zevra

    All they have to do most of the time is deny it! So glad they had enough evidence against him!

    September 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. turtle

    Whats with the smerk on his face? Apears to me he's laughing at the whole thing because he got away with it. Maybe the maid embalished the story but something happened in that room and he should be held accountable for for it.

    Go ahead grammer police. Collage educated but could never spell..

    September 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ana

    i agree with alex wow he just got out because his rich justice wasnt surverd in the case of this maid so sad and disgusting as a new yorker i cant believe they let this guy go

    September 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & TURKEY HUNTER )

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn thought she was a full-service maid.. but he found out that he should have left a bigger tip..

    September 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    'Moral Weakness"... is that French for Hard Anal?

    September 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tewrobert

    Yah Think? Man that young stuff will whip your asss every time 🙂
    Women have rights to assswipe

    September 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Just because women have rights to assswipe doesn't mean they should go around assswiping wherever they want though...

      September 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tewrobert

      This is what happens to the people we put in power........It goes right to their head er.. I mean right to their......

      September 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeremy

    Dear cnn: moderation amounts to cencorship. dont trust what you see on here, the comments are moderated from a biased viewpoint

    September 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. D

    BREAKING NEWS: Ron Paul wins California straw poll!

    September 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
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