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. Tim Sanders

    You madame are a racist!!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. throat check

    I think we should continue to allow women to vote and own land

    September 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    Wow... LOL DSK's understatement of the year a "moral weakness". Who's this guy's PR person?

    September 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Actually it was a big bologna.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cool

    she gave some head, asked for more money, refused, then she threaten to distroy his political career. did not work move on gold digger!!!!!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Actually, it did work. His political career is destroyed.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccastine

      yeah but money is the important part and she got none

      September 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Jones

    Did he really even HAVE TO say that?

    September 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mslearning

    I don't believe her. Deport her quickly.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dorkus

    A moral weakness, but nothing happened.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dr. Jones

    I thought that pretty much goes without saying. But, I guess he felt he had to state the obvious.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mslearning

    You lost all credibility when you called a human being a monkey. No matter how distasteful she is, you are worse for spewing racist sentiments.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Illeagle-j1

      I Agree they monkey's should sue!

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

    Racist troll

    September 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mslearning

    I swear every racist in America hangs out on CNN!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FedFraud

    What a change in his facial expression. It wreaks of, "I got away." To which we must add, "Not for long."

    September 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Amanda

    Honey, keep your racist comments to yourself. They make you sound ignorant and uneducated.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nisroc

    What I find funny is despite DSK innocents, people are still treating him like a rapist when a maid who wanted 5 mins of fame could have destroyed his family, career, reputation and had him locked up in a strange country for the remainder of his life. Has DSK done anything to harm anyone in the USA? NO1 so why do people still treat him as a rapist when a liar has branded him as a perverted rapist. Really some people need to think before they comment.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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