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.

If a ban is rejected, they will seek for every copy of the book to carry an insert, lawyers Richard Malka and Jean Veil said, without providing details on what they would want it to say.

The 63-year-old Mr Strauss-Kahn is also seeking 100,000 euros ($S162,100) in damages and compensation from Miss Iacub and Stock, and a similar amount from magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, which carried excerpts from the work.

The book touches on the incident in New York and cases in France against Mr Strauss-Kahn, as well as his relationship with Anne Sinclair, his fabulously rich wife of 20 years who announced last July that she had split from her husband.

Miss Iacub's new work is the latest in a long line of books, plays, TV shows and movies on the spectacular fall from grace of a man who was once tipped to become France's next president.

The Socialist politician in December agreed a financial settlement with the hotel maid whose 2011 allegation of sexual assault forced him to resign from the International Monetary Fund.

But he is still being investigated in France as part of a probe into allegations he procured prostitutes for sex parties in Europe and in Washington.