As the world still reels from the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn over the weekend, it has come to light that the IMF head was afraid that a political opponent would pay a woman more than $1 million to say he raped her.
Now, a Paris writer has also come forward accusing Strauss-Kahn, 62, of raping her ten years ago.
Left-wing daily paper Liberation has published some comment made off-the-record by Strauss-Kahn as recently as April 28th of this year.
While talking about his plans to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy as Socialist candidate for the presidency in 2012, he said he imagined “a woman who had been raped in a car park and who was offered between €500,000 and €1,000,000 to make up such a story.”
As he was the clear favorite to defeat Sarkozy, Strauss-Kahn was afraid he would be subjected to a smear campaign by the President and his Interior Minister, Glaude Gueant.
It’s interesting to note that the first person to tweet the news of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest was Jonathan Pinet, an activist in Sarkozy’s UMP party, who seemed to know of the scandal before it actually occurred.
He tweeted the news just before the NYPD made it public. It was then retweeted by Arnaud Dassier, a spinster who had previously publicized details of Strauss-Kahn’s luxurious lifestyle in a bid to dent his left wing credentials.