The Straits Times
Published on Feb 26, 2013

Strauss-Kahn seeks court ban on ex-lover's book which details affair


PARIS (AFP) - Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared in a Paris court on Tuesday to try to ban a graphic new book by author Marcela Iacub detailing their affair, saying it was filled with lies.

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

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

Mr Strauss-Kahn is suing Miss Iacub and her publisher Stock for an attack on his private life and to prevent the book from going on sale.