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. Rico

    Illegal. Liar. Thief. Deport.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet

    Raising money to build a log cabin contributors are welcome to stay over free with serice and gourmet meals please principle only ski slopes 3 miles away, more details upon contact
    Thanks

    September 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. erich2112x

    You mean you can find that out by simply visiting the jail?

    September 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lindalou

    Sounds like an admission of guilt to me.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sanjosemike

    Moral weakness? You're right. It is. Just the fact that YOU have money and stature does not mean that you have a right to anything and everything you want on short notice. The waters of the World do not part when you enter a room.

    Strauss-Kahn, your arrogance is appalling. I hope you suffered through this tawdry episode. I hope you can learn a lesson from this. This did not have to happen. All that was necessary is for you to say no and go on with your day. Nobody (least of all your wife) would ever have to have heard of it.

    sanjosemike

    September 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the prophet

    Looking for a beautiful lady with lots of money so I can fulfill my dreams

    September 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jack

    I watched the interview live – he is trying to exploit the French public's lack of knowledge in the US legal system by saying there was a "non lieu" which in French law means the case was thrown out for lack of evidence or various other reasons, but NOT that the victim has a credibility problem. So he is saying that the case was not strong. French media need to confront him on this nuance since he was incredibly lucky that the maid lied about many other things and would not be able to convince a jury of her story.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoboBobo

      She didn't have any evidence except her testimony and her testimony wasn't credible.

      This isn't a nuanced case – the man is innocent.

      September 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Money

    MONEY MONEY MONEY !!! That will set you free !!!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoboBobo

      Wrong. Money is what she thought she could get from this rich man. It didn't set him free, the opposite – it got him in trouble.

      And as far as beleiving the prosecutors would take money – that is a baseless, ignorant belief – if anything they were motivated to prosecute an innocent man – they've done it many times before. But in this case, the evidence was just so overwhelming that Diallo was lying.

      September 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. the prophet

    Stop tagging my posts

    September 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marc

    poor maid .. she'll never be accepted in any feminist group !!! she cannot even lie ...

    September 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. slade999

    Kahn, you're a sociopath. And I'm gong to tell the world about your kind. The power hungry, consistently immoral bullies who need to be exposed. You really don't deserve to walk among people.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Babydoc

    The hotel worker should have kept her mouth shut as well!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. duddude

    This is utter rubbish. The IMF does it one country at a time, not a maid at a time.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    Morally weak? He means morally vacant.

    September 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mulkie

    il est un cauchon!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ou la la

      are you saying he is gay?

      September 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
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