His wife will destroy you, DSK filmmaker is warned
THE producer of a film that appears to chart the spectacular downfall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has said he was warned that the estranged wife of the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief would "destroy his life".
The accusation will heighten controversy over the film 'Welcome to New York', which premieres next weekend at Cannes despite being shunned by the festival organisers.
Producer Vincent Maraval also repeated his claims that the French political and media "elite" had done their best to prevent the film, which stars Gerard Depardieu, being made.
"No French television station wanted to finance the film," he told the 'Journal du Dimanche', adding that the €2.2m production was financed by his company, Wild Bunch, the City of New York and three private investors.
"Everyone, our friends and our enemies, advised us against making the film," he said.
The film, directed by Abel Ferrara, is inspired by the story of Mr Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF whose career collapsed after he was charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York. The prosecutor later dropped the charges.
Mr Maraval said that he was warned against making the film by Dan Franck, a friend of Mr Strauss-Kahn and his heiress wife Anne Sinclair, at a private dinner.
He said Mr Franck told him: "Anne Sinclair will spend her entire fortune on destroying your life." (© Daily Telegraph, London)