), about DSK and the circle within which he moves, or rather makes his moves. Basically everyone around him, including his fellow Socialist politicians, including the women he used and abused, including, now, the MOTHER of Tristane Banon, 65 year old Anne Mansouret, “a radical feminist with three marriages and scores of lovers in her past,” have facilitated and covered up his behavior. And Ann Sinclair, DSK’s celebrity doormat wife, as Andrea Peyser has
, stands by him and financially supports him through everything.
He took me with the vulgarity of a soldier … says the MOTHER of girl Strauss-Kahn is accused of molesting
Dominique Strauss-Kahn slept with the mother of a woman who claims the former IMF boss tried to rape her, it emerged yesterday.
Anne Mansouret admitted that she had sex with Mr Strauss-Kahn in 2000, saying her fellow socialist ‘took me with the vulgarity of a soldier’ while they were both supposed to be working.
Miss Mansouret, 65, is the mother of 32-year-old writer Tristane Banon, who has alleged that Strauss-Kahn assaulted her in 2003 as she tried to interview him.
The latest revelation in one of the most squalid cases in French political history emerged in the country’s press.
The alleged sexual encounter happened in the offices of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, where Strauss-Kahn, now 64, was working as a special adviser.
Miss Mansouret’s claims were made to police last week when she was interviewed as a witness in her daughter’s allegations of attempted rape against Strauss-Kahn.
She is said to have told officers that she and Strauss-Kahn had ‘consensual but brutal’ sex.
Miss Mansouret, a radical feminist with three marriages and scores of lovers in her past, has admitted that she was happy to have sex with a man known in France as the ‘Great Seducer’.
However, she admitted, she ‘never wanted to repeat the experience’.
She told police: ‘He doesn’t try to please women, but simply to possess them.’
Miss Mansouret, a socialist party regional official, is said to have kept the encounter secret until her daughter told her in February 2003 that Strauss-Kahn had tried to rape her when she went to interview him for a book she was writing.
Miss Mansouret said she was so ‘incensed’ that she went to see Strauss-Kahn’s former wife Brigitte Guillemette, who later challenged him over the attack.
Strauss-Kahn is then said to have admitted: ‘I don’t know what came over me. I slept with the mother, I lost it when I saw the daughter.’
According to Miss Mansouret, Strauss-Kahn then met her for a glass of wine in a bistro, and he apologised for trying to attack her daughter.
Attempted rape carries a sentence of up to 15 years in France—more if there are aggravating circumstances such as the use of violence. In a 2007 TV programme which is still accessible on the internet, Miss Banon gives a graphic account of the alleged attack in which she compared Strauss-Kahn to a ‘rutting chimpanzee’ and claimed he tried to unfasten her clothes.
She said that she was dissuaded from filing charges at the time by her mother, who is still a regional councillor in Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party.
The violent but consensual sex between her mother and Strauss-Kahn is now being put forward as the reason why Miss Banon took eight years to go to the police about the alleged attack on her, claimed L’Express magazine. It also emerged yesterday that Strauss-Kahn’s daughter Camille has been questioned by police over the alleged attempted rape of Miss Banon.
The 26-year-old student, who is a friend of Miss Banon’s, was questioned on Monday.
In response to Miss Banon’s claims, Strauss-Kahn has denied the attack and begun legal action against her for libel.
His Paris lawyer Henri Leclerc said: ‘Her claims are imaginary. It never happened.’
Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund and once a possible presidential candidate in France, is currently awaiting trial in New York, accused of raping a hotel maid.
That case has been adjourned until next month and looks likely to be dropped because of his victim’s alleged links with criminals.
But Strauss-Kahn faces an investigation for the attempted rape of Miss Banon as soon as he returns home to France.
All of the women involved in the French allegations are well known to Anne Sinclair, Strauss-Kahn’s current wife who, despite his non-stop philandering, is standing by him.
The French Socialist Party has been torn apart by the latest revelations, but some senior figures are still arguing that Strauss-Kahn should be allowed to run for president next year against Nicolas Sarkozy.
In another dramatic development yesterday it emerged that Francois Hollande, the current frontrunner to stand as Socialist presidential candidate next year, is set to be questioned by police about allegations that he knew about the alleged attempted rape of Miss Banon as far back as 2003, but did nothing about it.
Mr Hollande denied that he had acted improperly, saying: ‘I’ve nothing to hide and nothing to feel uneasy about but I will not allow this case to be exploited politically.’