“He is not a cruel or sadistic man, violence is not part of his make-up. He likes sex, but so what? It’s not a crime,” says Strauss-Kahn’s new mistress
Dominique Strauss-Kahn mistress has been defending and supporting former IMF chief after Several Sex scandals and aggravated pimping charges.
A Spanish writer and socialite has become the first of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s alleged former lovers to come forward and defend the former IMF chief, saying he was never cruel or sadistic to her.
A Spanish writer and socialite has become the first of Dominique
Carmen Llera Moravia, 58, said she had known the high-flying economist “for years” and claimed that he was being subjected to a politically-motivated witch hunt.
“I was never a victim of his, as people have written,” said Miss Llera in a letter to an Italian newspaper.
“He is not a cruel or sadistic man, violence is not part of his make-up. He likes sex, but so what? It’s not a crime.”
Mrs Moravia wrote a book of poetry five years ago in which she described a lover who liked to be sadistic in bed. The man in the book ‘Gaston’, was thought to be Mr Strauss-Kahn, with whom she is believed to have had a relationship between 2003 and 2005. One of Mr Strauss-Kahn’s middle names is Gaston.
The book of poems describes a woman being shoved up against a wall by Gaston, recounts how she tried in vain to escape his advances and refers to his “violence” and taste for “sadistic sexual pleasure”.
But Miss Llera said she did not know what happened between Mr Strauss-Kahn and the Guinean maid he is alleged to have assaulted in a hotel room in New York.
Strauss-Kahn faced seven charges in a US court earlier this week relating to an alleged sexual assault on a 32-year-old woman.
He has denied all the charges against him.
Miss Llera, the widow of Alberto Moravia, a famous Italian novelist, claimed Mr Strauss-Kahn was being made a “scapegoat” by puritanical Americans.
He was the victim of anti-French and anti-European prejudice and “dirty political and economic power games.” She said she feared he was being made to pay for the American authorities’ decades-old failure to bring to justice Roman Polanski, the French filmmaker who jumped bail in a 1977 child sex case in California. He remains a fugitive from the US after fleeing to France, which has no extradition treaty with America. Mr Polanski was detained for 10 months, first in a Swiss prison and then under house arrest in his chalet in the Alps as Swiss authorities decided whether to extradite him. The US demand was ultimately denied and he was freed last summer.
“I just want him to be able to prove his innocence as soon as possible and to return to being the free and smiling man that I saw a few days ago,” she concluded in her letter, which was published in full by Corriere della Sera on Friday.
In contrast to Miss Llera, several women have accused Mr Strauss-Kahn of behaving in a sexually predatory and aggressive manner.
Tristane Banon, 31, a Paris-based journalist and novelist, claimed that she was the subject of an attempted sex attack nine years ago, during which the 62-year-old financier came at her like a “chimpanzee on heat” after she went to interview him.
Miss Banon’s lawyers said earlier this week that she is considering filing a legal complaint over the alleged attack in 2002, when she was 22.
She had previously been dissuaded from taking legal action by her mother, who is a regional councillor in Mr Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist Party.
In 2008 a young actress was reported to have claimed that Mr Strauss-Kahn behaved like “a randy monkey” after inviting her back to an apartment in Paris.
The former IMF head is also alleged to have targeted young female students when he taught at the Paris Institute for Political Studies from 2000 to 2007.
Aurelie Filippetti, 37, a French Socialist MP, has accused him of groping and harassing her in 2008.
Piroska Nagy, 50, a Hungarian economist who had an affair with him, said she felt under pressure to go to bed with him because of his powerful position and insistent manner.
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