July 19, 2011


DSK's Shocking New Accuser: The mother of the writer accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape says she had "brutal" sex with the former IMF chief. Christopher Dickey on the saga's sordid new twist. (Daily Beast, Jul 19, 2011, Daily Beast)
[N]obody was quite prepared for the latest twist on the French end of the DSK soap opera this morning: the respected weekly l'Express is now reporting on its website that Banon's mother, Anne Mansouret, 65, told detectives that she herself had sex--consensual but "brutal" sex--with DSK in the Paris office of an international organization one day in 2000. And according to the same report that is one reason that when Mansouret's daughter came to her in 2003 asking her what to do after the alleged DSK attack, Mansouret discouraged her from pressing charges. Mansouret didn't want to tell her about the earlier incident.

The convoluted concupiscent relationships in this modern bodice-ripper are worthy of the pulp fiction that people these days like to read ever so discreetly on their Kindles. Strauss-Kahn's second wife, Brigitte Guillemette, is a good friend of Mansouret and the godmother of Banon, now 32. One of Banon's best friends, at least until recently, was Camille Strauss-Kahn, the daughter of Guillemette and DSK. Since police opened their investigations into the Banon allegations, they have interviewed Banon, Guillemette, Camille Strauss-Kahn, and Mansouret, among others. (DSK cannot leave the United States pending further investigation of the Sofitel maid's allegations.)

Brigitte Guillemette, DSK's second wife, will reportedly be suing Anne Mansouret, Banon's mother, for defamation. According to Le Parisien newspaper, Guillemette "denies having been aware of the alleged inappropriate behavior of her ex-husband toward female students when he was teaching at Nanterre University, as Anne Mansouret indicated in her declarations to police when she was questioned." Guillemette also denies, Le Parisien says, "phoning Anne Mansouret several times on the subject and enquiring as to whether Tristane envisaged pressing charges or not." [...]

At the hearing with police, according to l'Express, Mansouret told detectives something she had never before revealed to her daughter. Strauss-Kahn had had sex with her in an office of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where he served as a consultant there in 2000. Looking back on that incident and on what allegedly happened to her daughter three years later, Mansouret reportedly told investigators she wanted to do away with the notion promoted by Strauss-Kahn's friends that he is an inveterate seducer and a ladies' man, but essentially harmless. "At 65, after a very full love life and three husbands," writes l'Express, "Anne Mansouret describes DSK, on the contrary, as a predator who doesn't look to please but to take, and conducts himself with 'the obscenity of a boor.'"

Posted by at July 19, 2011 5:17 PM

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