The first full interview with Dominique Strauss-Kahn about his recent ordeal in New York drew 13 million television viewers back home in his native in France Sunday evening, and ample newspaper headlines the morning after.
These touched on women’s disgust over the affair, embarrassment in political circles and scepticism among ordinary people.
Several times Strauss-Kahn brandished the prosecutors report.
He said “What happened was without violence or constraint or aggression or any criminal act. The prosecutor says that, not I.”
The report says that the evidence showed Strauss-Kahn had “a hurried sexual encounter with his complainant… the evidence does not independently establish her claim of a forcible, nonconsensual encounter.”
The former IMF chief stood firm on the summation in the prosecutor’s text, that, whatever went on in his Manhattan Sofitel Hotel suite, the evidence collected was not enough to pursue charges against him. He also stressed the question of his accuser’s credibility.
Of the immigrant maid, Nafissatou Diallo, he said “It is in this report that she gave so many different versions of what happened that I (meaning the prosecutor, District Attorney Cyrus Vance) can’t believe a word. In practically every interview we had with her she lied.”
The report says “The nature and number of the complainant’s falsehoods leave us unable to credit her version of events beyond reasonable doubt, whatever the truth may be about the encounter between the complainant and the defendant.”
Strauss-Kahn further referred to unknowns suggesting that behind-the-scenes entrapment moves were made against him, possibly part of a plot or trap.
Strauss-Kahn said “On page 12 of this report, the prosecutor says that information was given to Kenneth Thomson, the lawyer of Nafissatou Diallo, on traffic within the hotel.”
Interviewer Claire Chazal, a close friend of Strauss-Kahn’s wife, asked if he thought Sofitel was involved in that.
He said: “Someone must have provided it.”
The report says “Because the complainant reported she entered room 2820 [DSK’s room was 2806], the office obtained the electronic swipe records for that room, which were also provided to the complainant’s counsel by someone outside of this office.”
Strauss-Kahn said his behaviour had been “a failing vis-á-vis my wife,” among others, who is multi-millionaire heiress Anne Sinclair.