Shamed former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has blamed his sex scandal downfall on the fact "the flesh is weak".
A new book purports to give his version of events that unfolded with a maid in a New York hotel suite.
In DSK Affairs: The Second Inquiry, Mr Strauss-Kahn's biographer says when the maid locked eyes with the then head of the International Monetary Fund after he emerged naked from a shower, he interpreted her allegedly seductive body language as a proposition.
The one-time French presidential contender has not spoken about the May 14 encounter, which led US police to charge him with attempted rape. Lawyers for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, dismissed the book -- by Strauss-Kahn biographer Michel Taubmann -- as "complete fantasy".
Mr Taubmann alleges Ms Diallo acted seductively upon bursting in on a naked Strauss-Kahn. She "started walking toward the exit. But she wasn't in any hurry," the excerpt reads. "She stares him in the eyes. Then, she looks openly at his genitals." It continues: "The flesh is weak. Dominique Strauss-Kahn saw a proposition. The situation amuses him. Rarely in his life has he refused a moment of pleasure."
The criminal charges against Mr Strauss-Kahn were dropped in September.