Strauss-Kahn says no plot against him

Dec. 2, 2011 at 7:59 PM
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PARIS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Dominique Strauss-Kahn says he disputes claims by his biographer that sexual assault allegations by a New York maid are part of a political plot against him.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund said he's sorry about the consensual but "stupid" sexual relations he had with Nafissatou Diallo, the maid at the Sofitel hotel, as outlined in a book published Thursday by his biographer Michel Taubmann, Radio France Internationale reported Friday.

Strauss-Kahn said many details in the biography are "incorrect."

"As my lawyers have often stated, I reserve all explanations for the justice system whether in France or the United States," the former head of the IMF said in a statement through his lawyer Frederique Baulieu.

The book outlines the scene in the Sofitel where the incident occurred between Strauss-Kahn and Diallo. Taubmann's account alleges when Strauss-Kahn came out of the shower naked Diallo gave him a "suggestive look" which Strauss-Kahn interpreted as a proposition.

Diallo's attorneys have disputed the book's account as a "complete fabrication" and Sofitel has denied the incident was to be used as part of a political plot against the man once considered by many as the favorite to be the next president of France, RFI reported.

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