DSK Admits 'Moral Failing,' Denies Rape

Tonight's French TV appearance could draw record audience
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2011 12:30 PM CDT
Updated Sep 18, 2011 2:39 PM CDT
Dominique Strauss-Kahn looks on prior to a television interview at the TV news broadcast by French TV station TF1, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Sunday Sept. 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/Francois Guillot, pool)
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(Newser) – Making his first public appearance since his arrest on rape charges in New York four months ago, Dominique Strauss-Kahn admitted today to a moral failing: "What happened was more than an inappropriate relation. It was an error," the former IMF chief said on French television. "I regret it infinitely." But he insisted that his sexual encounter with a maid in a New York hotel was consensual and that she had "lied" about it, the AP reports.

Strauss-Kahn also shrugged off a French writer's rape accusation as "imaginary," saying "no act of aggression, no violence" occurred between him and Tristane Banon. A police investigation into that claim is ongoing. Asked about his political ambitions, Strauss-Kahn said he would "take time to reflect" and rest. "But all my life was consecrated to being useful to the public good," so "we will see." Strauss-Kahn saved his strongest words for America's justice system, the BBC reports: "I was afraid, very afraid," he said, "and I was humiliated, trampled before I could even utter a word."

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