The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 27, 2013
 

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

 
 

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.