A resounding affair. In 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of sexual assault by Nafissatou Diallo, a maid at the Sofitel in New York, the hotel in which he was staying. The beginning of a long and highly publicized legal procedure. The former politician finally benefited from a criminal dismissal before finding a financial agreement with the complainant.
On the occasion of a documentary directed by Julien Bellver on the affair, entitled Le cash DSK, and broadcast this Wednesday, May 11 on TMC, Daily had invited Tristane Banon to his set. The novelist had also filed a complaint against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011 for attempted rape that occurred in 2003. During the interview, Yann Barthès wanted to ask her what her first reaction was when she discovered the Sofitel affair. .
“It’s very strange because the night before I finally decided to ask my lawyer to file a complaint against a book by Michel Taubmann (The True Romance of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, editor’s note)”, she said. said, before adding: “And the next day I see a message from my lawyer, and I tell myself that he wants to answer me on this. And when I pick up my phone, I see that there are lots of foreign numbers , who have obviously been trying to call me all night. And I have absolutely no idea what’s going on.”
In the most total incomprehension, the writer finally manages to reach her lawyer. “I have my lawyer on the phone who tells me ‘You don’t move, you don’t say anything, I’m coming’. And I don’t understand anything at all. And there he explains to me and he says to me: ‘is it Did you see what happened?’. I hang up and look. And I was taken by the thing…”, she continued.
Tristane Banon: “We’ve all been waiting for this for years”
But Tristane Banon then admitted that these revelations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn had not really surprised her: “I cannot say that I was surprised because it had been years that, somewhere, we had been waiting all that. When I say “all”, I mean everyone who knew about it. When he left for the United States, I still gave interviews to journalists who were preparing for the moment when, possibly, he was going to fall because of that. So I’m not going to lie today and say I was amazed.” Despite everything, the novelist was still “marked” by “the violence and the explosion that came from all over the world. I realized that there is something that is happening that is huge”, she said concluded.
Tristane Banon © TMC