Shamed former International Monetary Fund (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," 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 out on the May 14 encounter, which led US police to charge him with attempted rape, and the book is being marketed as his much-anticipated side of the story.
Lawyers for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo immediately dismissed the book - by Strauss-Kahn biographer Michel Taubmann - as "complete fantasy."
In key excerpts published in Paris Match magazine, Taubmann alleges Ms Diallo acted seductively upon bursting in on a naked Strauss-Kahn.
Upon seeing the then IMF leader, 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."
The excerpt 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. He does not resist the temptation to receive oral sex. The act is fast, very fast."
Ms Diallo's version of event differs wildly from those described in the book.
She has alleged that Strauss-Kahn violently attacked her when she arrived to clean his suite, forcing her to perform oral sex on him before she quickly left the hotel.