Ex-IMF chief calls charges `personal nightmare`

Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 22:24

Washington: Ex-IMF managing director
Dominique Strauss-Kahn told former colleagues that the sexual
assault charges against him were a "personal nightmare" and
insisted he would be cleared.

In an email dated Sunday and sent to International
Monetary Fund staff around the world, Strauss-Kahn expressed "profound sadness and
frustration" at having had to resign his position to face the

"I deny in the strongest possible terms the
allegations which I now face; I am confident that the truth
will come out and I will be exonerated," he wrote.

"In the meantime, I cannot accept that the Fund ---
and you dear colleagues -- should in any way have to share my
own personal nightmare. So, I had to go."

The French politician was arrested on May 14 at New
York`s JFK airport on allegations by a chambermaid at the
luxury Sofitel hotel in Times Square that he attacked her and
tried to rape her just hours earlier.

He is under house arrest in a New York apartment after
being released on bail.


First Published: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 22:24

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