Last we left the French politician, he had been freed
from house arrest after the veracity of his accuser's story came into
question; French society contemplated
his political future; and a French writer, Tristane Banon, said even if he
didn't assault the New York City maid, he did
try to sexually attack her back in 2003 -- allegations that are being
investigated by French police.
Today, a new twist has emerged. In an
interview with a French newspaper, the writer's mother, a prominent
Socialist Party member, said she had sex with the former IMF chief back in 2000, an encounter
that was "consensual but clearly brutal." She said it was something she
never wanted to repeat.
Anne Mansouret, 65, said Strauss-Kahn acted with the
of a soldier." And, he had a dominant instinct when it came to sexual
Mansouret said she felt she needed to speak out now
because an image was forming of Strauss-Kahn as a "seducer, not a rapist."
The story gets a little more twisted
when you consider that Mansouret was close
friends with the politician's former wife, who also happens to be godmother
Banon has called Strauss-Kahn a "rutting chimpanzee" and "very violent."
She told French TV back in 2007 that she had interviewed him several years
earlier for a book she was working on. He tried to hold her hand during the
discussion and the hand-holding segued into sexual advances. He became violent
and the two scuffled on the floor of his apartment. Eventually, she "kicked
him several times, he unbuttoned my bra ... and tried to unzip my jeans." But she was able to get
Strauss-Kahn has called her allegations "imaginary"
and has filed
a lawsuit against her for slander.
If the Strauss-Kahn affair has taught us anything,
it's that it is ridiculous to rush to judgment. We'll see where this new case
goes. But, the more that comes out about Strauss-Kahn in France, the easier it
is to understand why he doesn't seem
to be in any hurry to leave the United States.