'The flesh is weak' – DSK ally says hotel maid encouraged tryst

Former head of IMF breaks his silence on the hotel encounter that destroyed his career

Paris

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has broken his long public silence on the six minutes that shook the world in Suite 2806 of the Manhattan Sofitel on 14 May.

The former IMF chief claims that the chambermaid, Nafissatou Diallo, initiated their sexual act by looking suggestively at his private parts when he emerged from the shower. The former French presidential front-runner admits that he bears a "heavy responsibility" for his downfall but insists that the encounter was "consensual but stupid".

Mr Strauss-Kahn's version of events is described in a book published yesterday by Michel Taubmann, a French writer who is friendly with the disgraced Socialist politician. The book repeats several of the allegations of a possible conspiracy to destroy Mr Strauss-Kahn, which were made by an American investigative journalist last weekend.

The French politician discussed his six or seven-minute sexual encounter with Ms Diallo in four interviews with Mr Taubmann in New York in August. His account was described by the Guinean chambermaid's lawyers yesterday as a "complete fantasy".

Although charges of attempted rape against Mr Strauss-Kahn have been dropped by New York authorities, Ms Diallo is pursuing a civil action. Mr Taubman's book, and the investigative article that appeared in The New York Review of Books, have been widely dismissed in the French media as part of the legal manoeuvres surrounding the civil case.

Mr Taubmann gives Mr Strauss-Kahn's first published account of the disputed events in a book called Affaire DSK: la contre-enquête . "Emerging from the shower as naked as Adam, the director general of the IMF was confronted with Nafissatou Diallon, whom he had never seen before," Mr Taubmann writes. "He watched her walk down the corridor (of the suite). Nafissatou Diallo turned around. She looked him straight in the eyes. Then she unashamedly looked at his private parts.

"The flesh is weak. Dominique Strauss-Kahn saw this as a proposition. Rarely in his life has he ever refused the possibility of a moment of pleasure. He did not resist the temptation of oral sex."

DSK was arrested later that day after Ms Diallo claimed that he forced her to perform a sexual act. Inconsistencies in her story persuaded the Manhattan district attorney to drop charges of attempted rape in August.

At the time of the incident, Mr Strauss-Kahn was the undeclared front-runner for the French presidential elections. An article in The New York Review of Books last weekend by Edward Jay Epstein pointed to a possible plot to destroy DSK by political forces close to Mr Sarkozy. Several of the allegations have since been contradicted or challenged.

In his new book, Mr Taubmann pursues, like Mr Epstein, the intriguing question of what happened to a BlackBerry which was "lost" by Mr Strauss-Kahn on 14 May. Both men say that Mr Strauss-Kahn had been warned that emails sent from the phone were being read by senior figures in Mr Sarkozy's party.

Both say that the phone was last used by Mr Strauss-Kahn at 12.13 pm on 14 May, when he called his daughter, Camille, within a few seconds of finishing his sexual encounter with Mr Diallo. Mr Taubmann's book suggests – without offering any evidence – that the chambermaid may have stolen the phone after DSK made the call.

News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleActor, from House of Cards and Benidorm, was 68
News
A scene from the video shows students mock rioting
newsEnd-of-year leaver's YouTube film features staging of a playground gun massacre
Travel
travel
Environment
View from the Llanberis Track to the mountain lake Llyn
Du’r Arddu
environmentA large chunk of Mount Snowdon, in north Wales, is up for sale
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Voices
A family sit and enjoy a quiet train journey
voicesForcing us to overhear dull phone conversations is an offensive act, says Simon Kelner
News
i100This Instagram photo does not prove Russian army is in Ukraine
Arts and Entertainment
The cast of The Big Bang Theory in a still from the show
tvBig Bang Theory filming delayed by contract dispute over actors' pay
News
Morrissey pictured in 2013
people
Arts and Entertainment
Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates
art
Life and Style
The director of Wall-E Andrew Stanton with Angus MacLane's Lego model
gadgetsDesign made in Pixar animator’s spare time could get retail release
News
peopleGuitarist, who played with Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper among others, was 71
Environment
Tyred out: should fair weather cyclists have a separate slow lane?
environmentFormer Labour minister demands 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists
News
people
Sport
England celebrate a wicket for Moeen Ali
sportMoeen Ali stars with five wickets as Cook's men level India series
News
Field of broken dreams: Andy Bell visits Passchendaele
news5 News's Andy Bell visited the killing fields of the Great War, and his ancestor - known only from his compelling war diary - came to life
Travel
travel
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

VB.Net Developer - £40k - Surrey - WANTED ASAP

£35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .Mid Level V...

Digitakl Business Analyst, Slough

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Dig...

Mechanical Estimator: Nuclear Energy - Sellafield

£40000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Medical, Fuel + More!: Progressive Recruitmen...

Dynamics NAV Techno-Functional Consultant

£50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: An absolutely o...

Day In a Page

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In my grandfather's First World War footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during the war. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end