Ex-wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn says she was 'frightened' of him

Ex-wife of disgraced ‘sex addict’ IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn says she was ‘frightened’ of him during their marriage

  • Anne Sinclair said she was ‘frightened’ of her former husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn
  • She stood by her husband through months of public scrutiny after he was accused of trying to rape a hotel maid in New York in 2011
  • But now Sinclair, who separated from Strauss-Kahn in 2012, said she was under his power when he embroiled in sex scandals 

The ex-wife of disgraced former IMF chief and self-confessed ‘sex addict’ Dominique Strauss-Kahn has said she was ‘frightened’ of him during their marriage.

Anne Sinclair, a famous French TV journalist, stood by her husband through months of public scrutiny after he was accused in New York in 2011 of sexually assaulting a hotel maid and trying to rape her. 

But now Sinclair, 72, who separated from Strauss-Khan in 2012, has said she became fearful of displeasing the serial adulterer and was under his power when he was embroiled in sex scandals.

Anne Sinclair, a famous French TV journalist, stood by her husband through months of public scrutiny after he was accused in New York in 2011 of sexually assaulting a hotel maid and trying to rape her. Pictured: Anne Sinclair and Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011 in New York

‘I was a woman of action, I interviewed powerful people, but with him I was frightened of disagreements and fear of displeasing him,’ Sinclair told Elle Magazine. 

‘Was that being in his grip? I don’t know, but in any case it was submission and acceptance.’

Strauss-Kahn has been embroiled in a catalogue of sex scandals since being charged with sexually assaulting Nafissatou Dialloa, a chamber maid at the Sofitel hotel in New York in May 2011. 

At the time Strauss-Kahn, one of the most powerful men in the world, was set to announce his Presidential candidacy in his home country of France. 

Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to four felony charges, including two criminal sex acts – including forced oral sex -, attempted rape and sexual abuse, as well as unlawful imprisonment.  

Diallo’s allegations and the media storm that followed left his reputation and political ambitions in tatters. He was also forced to quit as the head of the IMF.

Sinclair, 72, (pictured in 2016) who separated from Strauss-Khan in 2012, has said she became fearful of displeasing the serial adulterer and was under his power when he was embroiled in sex scandals

The criminal charges brought against Strauss-Kahn in New York were dropped three months after his high-profile arrest.    

Sinclair is reported to have paid more than £1million in bail on his behalf for the case and said whenever she challenged him on the allegations, he managed to convince her he was innocent. 

In the media frenzy that followed, it emerged he had had up to ten separate affairs during his marriage. He confessed to regularly attending orgies and admitted he was addicted to his swingers’ lifestyle. 

Sinclair said she did not know about the many affairs and orgies Strauss-Khan would attend – but admitted she had been in a state of denial.

‘I know it’s very difficult to accept,’ Sinclair told the magazine. ‘I admit that I myself wouldn’t believe it if someone told me about it.’  

French journalist and author Tristane Banon

Strauss-Khan faced a series of allegations of sexual assault. French journalist Tristane Banon accused Strauss-Khan of trying to rape her in a flat in a Paris in 2002 but the charges were later dropped.

In 2011, Strauss-Kahn found himself at the heart of another sex scandal after he was accused of procuring prostitutes for a prostitution ring in northern France. 

It emerged that the financial experts loved to attend sex parties with women and alcohol, organised by the Press Relations Officer for the Cartlon hotel in Lille, France. 

He was tried in France for allegedly procuring women for the orgies and was later acquitted. But this was the final straw for Sinclair. 

‘I said to myself: “That’s enough”. The Sofitel was one thing in its excess. The whole world was spying on us. It was crazy,’ she said. 

Sinclair added that in 2011 her husband was not excited about potentially being elected president. ‘I didn’t feel like going to the Élysée palace and nor did he very much, it was just a chain of events.’   

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