Tuesday 23 January 2018

Ex-wife labels Strauss-Kahn's alleged attack 'unthinkable'

Henry Samuel in Paris

The second wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has admitted her former husband had an eye for the ladies but that it was "unthinkable and impossible" he would have raped a maid.

The 62-year-old IMF chief and French presidential hopeful has been remanded in custody. He allegedly locked the maid in his hotel suite and faces sexual assault charges.

As graphic details of his alleged attack on the 32-year-old Sofitel hotel chambermaid emerged, Brigitte Guillemette, whom he married in 1984, leapt to her ex-husband's defence.

"The facts related by the American police are not compatible with the man I know and with whom I lived for more than 10 years," she said.

Camille, the couple's daughter, met her father for lunch "minutes after his alleged assault". Miss Guillemette said she did not deny her husband was a charmer. "But that doesn't mean to say he could have done what he is accused of doing," she added.

"Violence is not part of his temperament. He has many faults, but not that one.

"Can you imagine that a father could do what they accuse him of and then go for lunch with his daughter a few minutes later? It's unthinkable and impossible."

Miss Guillemette told 'Le Parisien' newspaper: "Since his arrest, I note that the police have changed their version [of events]. They first set the facts at around 1pm. Then they learned that wasn't possible as at that time Dominique was lunching with his daughter, so they situated the time at midday."

She also questioned the intention of a 32-year-old French author to press charges against Mr Strauss-Kahn for sexual assault and attempted rape that allegedly took place in 2002. Tristane Banon is Miss Guillemette's goddaughter and was her daughter's best friend.

"I ask the question: why is a young woman deciding to file a complaint several years after the event?" (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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