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Arrested IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn was known as 'the great seducer'
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, who has been arrested for the charges of sexual assault, had a colourful past before the current incident following which a French journal had dubbed his as 'the Great Seducer'.
AFTER A housekeeping employee of the expensive Sofitl Hotel in New York identified him from a police line-up, the president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Gaston André Strauss-Kahn was arrested just before the door closed on the flight he had boarded for Paris.

The hotel employee alleged that Strauss-Kahn, who has four daughters, and has had two previous marriages, tried to force himself on her and she somehow managed to escape and report the matter to the front desk of the hotel who informed the police. The police quickly swung into action before Strauss-Kahn left the country, which he definitely was planning to do as he had left his hotel room in a hurry - leaving his cell phone behind, which could have been a conscious decision.

It seems Strauss-Kahn's colourful past has finally caught up with him. Strauss-Kahn got embrioled in allegations of an affair in 2008 with a subordinate, whom he retrenched and then worked to get her a new job. In this particular incident, three charges over the affair were proven with the subordinate economist Piroska Nagy, who herself was married to Mario Blejer at the time of the affair with Strauss-Kahn.

After the charges became public Strauss-Kahn issued a public apology after which the French publication Le Journal du Dimanche nicknamed himi "le grand séducteur" (the Great Seducer).

Le Journal du Dimanche did this with a reason. Just the previous year in 2007, a French journalist and writer Tristane Banon accused Strauss-Kahn of attemped rape in 2002. Though Banon did not press charges.

While Strauss-Kahn's wife, prominent French journalist Anne Sinclair, has defended the charges pressed against Strauss-Kahn, and the fact that having affairs in France is a bit of a done thing, people across the world are still aghast at the turn of events. More so, as Strauss-Kahn has had a distinguished career as an academ
ic and as an economist, and was being seriously considered as a future top
leader of France with the backing of the current president Nicolas Sarkozy.


Strauss-Kahn has stated that he will defend himself against all charges, but the IMF already seems to be distancing itself from the incident, saying that the IMF would not be able to grant him diplomatic immunity as the charges against him are voilent in nature.


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