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Wife kicks 'depressed' DSK out of home over vice claims

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's long-suffering wife has left the former International Monetary Fund chief, who faces charges of involvement with a prostitution ring in France.

For months, Anne Sinclair, a multimillionaire former TV presenter, stoically stuck by her husband of 20 years despite a string of vice allegations.

But according to 'Closer' magazine, she has now thrown Mr Strauss-Kahn out of their home in the ultra-chic Place des Vosges in Paris.

A source close to Mr Strauss-Kahn (63) said the pair had been living in separate apartments for about a month.

But Ms Sinclair (64), an art heiress who recently relaunched her media career as a news editor at the French edition of the 'Huffington Post', managed to keep the split quiet despite growing speculation.

He is said to have moved in with a friend.

"He's in a bad way. It's very sad," said a person who knows Mr Strauss-Kahn. "He's shunned by everybody."


Another friend described him as "depressed and destroyed".

Once hotly tipped to be France's next Socialist president, Mr Strauss-Kahn has seen his career disintegrate since his arrest in New York in May 2011 on charges of attempting to rape a hotel maid.

The criminal case was dropped over concerns about the credibility of Nafissatou Diallo (33), but he admitted that a sex act had taken place. The maid is now pursuing a civil case against him.

Ms Sinclair stood steadfastly by her husband during the US ordeal, but is said to have been less supportive amid mounting allegations in France.

These included claims by a French writer that he had tried to rape her in a Paris flat. Prosecutors ruled they could not pursue the alleged case as the events took place more than three years previously.

Then prosecutors opened an investigation into a prostitution ring operating out of Lille, northern France in which Mr Strauss-Kahn is implicated.

He could face "aggravated pimping" charges over sex parties he attended in northern France, Paris and Washington in 2010 and 2011. The charges carry up to 20 years in prison.

Last month the inquiry was widened to include a possible gang rape charge after a prostitute told them Mr Strauss-Kahn and friends had forced her to have sex in a group when she met him in Washington in 2010.

He denies any knowledge that the women at the orgies were prostitutes -- his lawyer has argued that "they were all naked at the time" -- and he has told police "no brutality" was involved. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent