PARIS – A French author has written in graphic detail about her eight-month affair with disgraced former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, calling the relationship “field work” for a controversial new book.
The book by Argentina-born Marcela Iacub, a columnist with the leftwing daily Liberation, was denounced by Strauss-Kahn and the wife he has separated from, journalist Anne Sinclair.
In “Beauty and the Beast,” which is due to be released for public sale on Wednesday next week, Iacub says she had a relationship with Strauss-Kahn from January to August 2012, in the midst of the scandal over accusations that he had sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid while he was chief of the IMF.
Though she doesn’t name Strauss-Kahn in the book, she told Thursday’s issue of Le Nouvel Observateur magazine that it was about him, while admitting that she had mixed fiction with reality.
“The steps of the affair, the locations, the words reported, everything is true,” Iacub said, though she added that she took poetic license with the sex scenes.
Crude language abounds in the book, in which she describes Strauss-Kahn as “half-man, half-pig” — although she considers the word “pig” to be a compliment.
“What there is that is creative, artistic, in Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the beautiful things, belong to the pig and not to the man,” she said.
She said that she got to know Strauss-Kahn when her book “A Society of Rapists” was published.
In that work, she criticized feminists who had attacked her future lover after his arrest.
Iacub’s new release is the latest in a long line of books, plays, television shows and movies on the spectacular fall from grace of a man who was once tipped to become the next president of France.
The Socialist politician in December agreed on a financial settlement with the hotel maid whose 2011 allegation of sexual assault forced him to resign from the IMF.
But the silver-haired 64-year-old is still being investigated in France as part of a probe into allegations that he procured prostitutes for sex parties in Europe and in Washington.
Strauss-Kahn “does not despise women. It’s sex he despises,” Iacub said.
“This man is not a rapist and he is not nasty,” she said.
According to excerpts that have been published in the French press, the book touches on the incident in New York and the cases in France against Strauss-Kahn, as well as his relationship with Sinclair, his fabulously rich wife of 20 years, who announced last July that she had split from him.
Iacub said she had warned Strauss-Kahn that she was writing a book.
In a letter sent by Strauss-Kahn to the Nouvel Observateur, he did not deny having an affair with the writer but slammed “the behavior of a woman who seduces to write a book and relies on loving feelings for financial exploitation.”
“Beyond the fantastic — and therefore incorrect — nature of this story, this is a despicable affront to my private life and dignity,” said Strauss-Kahn, adding he has instructed his lawyers to look at legal means to “fight this abomination.”
Sinclair, who is also not named in the book but was interviewed by Iacub, accused her of having given a “misleading and venomous” account of their interview and engaging in “defamatory and delusional” interpretation. She said she is also considering taking “appropriate action.”