The events surrounding the IMF chief and the attempted rape charges have provoked accusations in France of a media cover-up. Some journalists claim Strauss-Kahn had a reputation for improper conduct towards women which was hushed up.
“I personally know of cases of female French journalists who have had advances made towards them, not in such a serious way, but when one was talking about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, inevitably one was talking about that. It was known,” claimed Katrin Bennhold from the Herald Tribune.
Writer Tristane Banon has repeated her own allegations that she was a victim of aggressive sexual behaviour from Strauss-Kahn back in 2002. She did not then make a legal complaint but may do so now.
But it must be said so far none of the allegations on either side of the Atlantic have been proved against the IMF boss.