Strauss-Kahn admits ‘moral lapse’
Summary of story from Irish Times, September 19, 2011
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has told French television that his sexual encounter with a maid in a Manhattan hotel in May involved neither violence nor aggression, and that no money was exchanged.
‘…it was a moral lapse. I’m not proud of it and I regret it, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop regretting it,’ he told TF1 anchor Claire Chazal, a friend of his wife, Anne Sinclair.
When he was arrested in May – following allegations by Nafissatou Diallo that he had raped her – Strauss-Khan was frontrunner to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s election.
The Strauss-Kahn case has divided opinion in France, but an opinion poll in yesterday’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper found 53 per cent of those surveyed wanted him to announce he was retiring from politics.