Dominique Strauss-Kahn gropes to justify "moral failing" in oral sex with maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, looking impossibly smug on French television news program TF1, recounted that his sexual encounter with hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo in New York was a "moral failing" on his part but perfectly consensual. 

"What happened did not include violence, force, aggression or any unlawful act -- it's the prosecutor who said it, not me," he stressed, speaking to news presenter Claire Chazal, a friend of his wife, the former television star and wealthy heiress Anne Sinclair.

The disgraced former IMF chief received oral sex from the maid just before he left to have lunch with his daughter, but insisted that he did not pay Diallo for the act and denied using force. He briefly apologized to his family, friends, and insisted that contrary to accusations, he "respected women". 

"You should read the prosecutor's report," he said, holding up a white sheet of paper with an air of triumph. "And you should read it attentively." 

During the interview, which took place behind a giant screen with the words "American Justice", Chazal lobbed softball questions at Strauss-Kahn, gently asking if it was a "set-up" by his political enemies. He suggested that he didn't know details, but that it was a possible conspiracy.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, is well-known for his sexual encounters with women and was labeled a "sex maniac" by a expatriate French UBC professor in a previous Vancouver Observer article. He dismissed French writer Tristane Banon's accusations that he tried to rape her in 2003, claiming she, too, made up the whole story (funny how that just keeps happening to him). Never mind that he was already sleeping with Banon's mother at the time -- according to Strauss-Kahn, the young journalist (she was 23 at the time) was also having a "total fantasy" about being wrestled to the floor by the graying Cassanova. 

And what happened to Banon after trying to talk about her experience? Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a French writer and Paris resident, wrote a scathing account of the French media's handling of the Strauss-Kahn affair, reminding readers that television executives refused to air Banon's accusations against him when she first began speaking up about the incident:

When DSK allegedly tried to rape journalist Tristane Banon in 2002, she did not dare go public. And when she did, in 2007 on TV, she was bleeped out and uninvited from talk shows. The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik explains well (albeit with a handful of innacuracies)how France's privacy and libel laws protect the private lives of the powerful. The Times has a long exposé of the decades-long "code of silence" by which the media protects the powerful.

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