Strauss-Kahn Breaks Silence, Confesses to 'Moral Failings'

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, said his sexual encounter with a New York hotel housekeeper "did not involve violence, constraint or aggression" but still was a "moral failing" on his part.

In his first interview since his May 14 arrest over accusations of sexual assault by the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, Strauss-Kahn said Sunday in an interview with France's TF1 television channel "what happened was more than an inappropriate relation. It was an error."

"I regret it infinitely," he said.

Still, he maintained that Diallo "lied."

New York prosecutors dropped all criminal charges against him last month, though Strauss-Kahn is still facing a lawsuit brought by Diallo.

With the Associated Press


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