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. Yuck

    Interesting that he was also accused of assault in 2003..hmm, I'm seeing a pattern here with *the same man*!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cythara

    He's just a morally weak kind of a guy!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zooni

    To be a corporate CEO you need to have no morals, you just have to fake it for the general population.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Deep Northw

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I proudly present to you. The next President of France and CEO of Hustler Magazine.........DSK!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sarav Chidambaram

    Rapists, murders can walk away free because they are rich. Victims become victim again because money speaks everywhere. Send this rapist to jail.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kent

    Thank God for the French, there is hope for America yet. French girls are a lot more fun than American girls.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. barbara

    right but you racists say she is lying. you think they would find him guilty of all this if he didn't do it? and for the idiot that called her a lying ugly creature, well if she is so ugly why did he try to attack her? just like in slave days, oh yea the slaves were so "ugly" that massa had to creep to the shacks at night while wifey was asleep. makes sense to me. so they are turned on by ugly not pretty then?

    September 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. winston

    The answer to how could he do such an ugly creature is...all men are pigs, and its not the face you fornicate with. He just closed his eyes and thought it was Charles De Gaulle.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Citizen

      Now that is funny!!

      September 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. American Citizen

    How do you know this? I'm interested in the truth.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    I'm so disillusioned with politicians that I would not be surprised if this guy somehow still manages to become President of France someday.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      Moral weakness is a euphamism for "evil". as in Jack the Ripper had a moral weakness. There are exceptions Clinton and Spitzer and the California terminator are amongst the many who couldn't resist temptation. But what about Edwards and Foley and Sanford. Wow the list is so so long. Yowee!!!

      September 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. deep throat

    II say that if Glen Rice made a mistake and let some snowbilly have her 15 minutes on her knees, then we should not look down on him for being a man, she wanted it. She did this before being a pol, so don't tell me she is pandering for the black vote

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

    follow indonesian they kill their rapist even it will cost beheading of their head ..kill and be proud!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      are you a mammel?

      September 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. imagined Tristane Banon

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn now shares that he wasn't an innocent victim, but a sufferer of "moral weakness," yet the beautiful (much more so than the woman he was 'morally weak' with) Tristane Banon's accusations are "imaginary."

    Having a Government and Justice System overseen by a minority won't even protect a fellow minority, regardless of political affiliation, when finance stands to be affected.

    International Monetary Fund trumps a Democrat-Minority led government & justice system. Soon we will have the campaigns & debates spewing more disingenuous piffle about courage, doing the right thing, protecting our citizenry, blah, blah, blah... and the fools who have always dined on that tripe will get in line for another serving.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christopher DaFundraiser

    Truth and justice in America only for the wealthy. More proof.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Henk

    I suppose money does it all, all the time ! Justice ? No way !

    September 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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