Shamed former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has blamed his sex scandal downfall on the fact “the flesh is weak”.
A new book purports to give his version of events that unfolded with a maid in a New York hotel suite.
In DSK Affairs: The Second Inquiry, Strauss-Kahn’s biographer says when the maid locked eyes with the then IMF head after he emerged naked from a shower, he interpreted her allegedly seductive body language as a proposition.
The one-time French presidential contender has not spoken about the May 14 encounter, which led US police to charge him with attempted rape.
The book is being marketed as his much-anticipated side of the story.
Lawyers for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo immediately dismissed the book – by Strauss-Kahn biographer Michel Taubmann – as “complete fantasy”.
In key excerpts published in Paris Match magazine, Taubmann alleges Ms Diallo acted seductively upon bursting in on a naked Strauss-Kahn.
Upon seeing the then IMF leader, she “started walking toward the exit. But she wasn’t in any hurry,” the excerpt reads. “She stares him in the eyes. Then, she looks openly at his genitals.”
The excerpt continues: “The flesh is weak. Dominique Strauss-Kahn saw a proposition. The situation amuses him. Rarely in his life has he refused a moment of pleasure.”
Ms Diallo’s version of events differs wildly from those described in the book.
She has alleged that Strauss-Kahn violently attacked her when she arrived to clean his suite, forcing her into a sex act before she quickly left the hotel. But the criminal case against Strauss-Kahn was dismissed when prosecutors said they had lost faith in her credibility.
The excerpts also suggest that Diallo might be behind the alleged theft of Strauss-Kahn’s work BlackBerry. The possible robbery of the phone, Taubmann suggests, might have been part of a political plot to bring down Strauss-Kahn – a Socialist who was then widely seen as the top contender in France’s presidential race next April and May.
After the criminal charges were dropped in September, Strauss-Kahn returned to France. In his single public appearance since then, he acknowledged “moral failings” but did not provide any details about what exactly happened behind the closed doors of the hotel suite.
He has also been plagued by other scandals, including allegations by a French writer that he sexually assaulted her during a 2003 interview and claims he was linked to a suspected hotel prostitution ring.