Thursday, Jun 4, 2015Thursday, Jun 4, 2015

Strauss-Kahn fails to ban tell-all book but wins damages

Published on Feb 27, 2013 6:05 AM
A picture taken on Feb 21, 2013 in Paris shows the book "Belle et bete" (a play of word which can be translated as Beauty And The Beast or Beautiful and Stupid), written by French lawyer Marcela Iacub detailing her relationship with disgraced former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn. French justice on Feb 26, 2013 ordered the insertion of an insert in each copy of the Marcela Iacub's book about her affair with Dominique Strauss-Kahn "Beauty and Beast" before its release which was originally scheduled for Feb 27. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A Paris court on Tuesday turned down disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's bid to ban a "despicable" book on his affair with the author, but ordered Marcela Iacub and her publisher to pay him 50,000 euros (S$80,905) in damages.

In Beauty And The Beast, due to be released on Wednesday, Argentinian-born Iacub says she had a relationship with Strauss-Kahn from January to August 2012, in the midst of the scandal over accusations that he sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid the previous year.

Mr Strauss-Kahn told the court earlier that the work was "despicable and false" and had wreaked "havoc" on his personal life. He said Ms Iacub's aim was simply to make money with a book that targeted a man "who is already down on the ground".

Mr Strauss-Kahn had sued Ms Iacub and her publisher, Stock, for an attack on his private life and to prevent the book from going on sale.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!