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. Betty

    He just thinks that all women just fall all over him- Ha- look in the mirror

    September 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jdog

    OH the "It was 'consensual'" argument...I mean haven't we all from time to time had that fantasy type tryst with the maid at a hotel, happens all the time don't it......have $$$$$$$$$ and you'll go free.....

    September 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoboBobo

      Wrong, if you are rich you are a target for accusation.

      What you are observing – btw, which absolutely did not occur in this case – is in other cases, sometimes the rich person has to pay off the accuser.

      Well since the fabricated incident was all about getting that pay off – that's where it ends.

      The fact that the innocent can be hijacked for money – can be interpreted as a problem with the system that allows accusers to get money.

      September 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Methius

    He must have been drunk to try and mount that thing! Good God!

    September 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adrian

    It was all a big lie made up to get him out of the IMF for criticizing the USA economy. Its all CIA fixed to also help the present president of France stay there for another term. Whoever believes this whole drama is very stupid. Why would a rich and powerful man like Strauss mess with the help and she also disgusting looking to say the least. She makes me want to throw up

    September 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • fracas2be

      Dude, can you read? He admitted it.

      September 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mabear87

    Just another rich guy with no clue. Kind of like the Republicans in the house.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gudrun

    He also said that he was afraid of the US justic system.
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn comes from a different culture, he might think he is above most people. And it looks like
    he got away with what he did at the hotel. Sad.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Arran Webb

    Justice is not about what is right or the truth – it is about the application of the law. In this case the law won, the rich walked and justice is served. All us poorer and lawyers richer – the system is working just like it is supposed to.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggot

      the system work crime pay if you are from certain creed

      September 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoboBobo

      DSK is rich – that is exactly why Diallo thought she could hijack him for money.

      It's amazing to me, you read story after story where a rich person is hijacked for their money with a false accusation – and you think they are paying to get out of a crime. They are paying to put an accusation away – a false one.

      Becuse there are a certain number of idiots who believe any accusation no matter how false, and proven false.

      DSK, didn't pay any money.

      Your theory has no place in this story. He is rich, but he didn't pay the accuser in this case.

      The case was just so weak, and obviously false it fell apart on its own.

      But that doesn't stop you, does it. You are on automatic.

      September 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. marley

    DSK seemed very credible to me

    September 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maureen

      Are you serious? Surely you jest. Money, power and influence are winning here, not truth and justice. If you believe him I've got a bridge for you in New York.

      September 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ny resident

    My take is this . . . guilty or not, this was a serious issue. The fact that he gave an interview with these allegations against him – as I sadi guilty or not – does show some arrogance on his part. In either respect he's getting media attention.
    Sad situation. Sometimes less is more.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cuscula

    Strauss-Kahn should lawsuit the prosecutor for false accusations. So they learn to shut up and do a thorough job next time.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. richman wonder

    How can he say it was a moral weakness if he wasn't guilty of the accusations?

    September 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Plash

    If Monica had cried assault, I think she'd have seemed far more credible than this particular room service lady. But these women were apparently both really bad choices by political bigwigs. This guy Strass-Kahn could have become Prez of France. Amazing. But it takes some serious hair-splitting so make a case for any real difference between S-K and Bill C. Do all these power guys have testosterone problems?

    September 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. theboldcorsicanflame

    This man has no conscience and he is a poor liar. Even a young kid could see he was lying. He changed his version a few times, no intercourse, then an intercourse. In Banon's case, he said ne was totally imagined now he said he tried to kiss her but wasn't aware she was not consenting!!!! What is going on? Why did he come on french tv when people are so fed up to hear about him as we are facing a crucial economical crises and a world in turmoil? More lies, more deception. Enough is enough!

    September 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dominique Ourlin

    With all due respect, you need to better watch how you translate stuff if you are going to make it your headline. DSK acknowledged a "moral fault" (faute morale – his exact words) and not a "moral weakness". There is a big difference. It doesn't make a wrong right but your translation is very misleading and inaccurate. Respectfully,

    September 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. svann

    For those still say he is guilty, Diallo has filed a civil lawsuit and will get her chance to show evidence and testify (and be cross examined). When that happens you will be shown to be wrong. You will no longer be allowed to accuse without evidence.

    September 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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