Strauss-Kahn to give TV interview after assault case

September 18, 2011 16:28

PARIS - Dominique Strauss-Kahn will speak to his nation in a TV interview on Sunday for the first time since a New York sex assault case ended his IMF career and wrecked his chances of running in France's 2012 presidential election.

Strauss-Kahn, back in France since Sept. 4, after a New York prosecutor dropped attempted rape charges against him, will give a live interview on TF1's primetime 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) news show with millions of viewers hoping to hear his account of his nine-minute encounter with a Sofitel hotel maid.

TF1 may go easy on Strauss-Kahn given the interviewer, Claire Chazal, is a friend of his wife, Anne Sinclair, herself a former high-profile TV journalist.

His lawyers have said that the encounter that triggered Strauss-Kahn's mid-May arrest was sexual but consensual.

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