Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Ex-Wife Admits She Was in Denial

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We haven't heard anything from Anne Sinclair, the former wife of the former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in a while. Though there were rumors that she might do a tell-all interview with Oprah, since the couple separated in 2012, Sinclair's been relatively quiet. But in a new interview with France 2, Sinclair claims she wasn't fully aware of the extent of his actions: "When I married Dominique, I knew he was a charmer, that he was a seducer. That I knew."


In the video interview, which was conducted in French, Sinclair said, "I know it sounds idiotic, but believe it or not, I didn't know" DSK was having orgies and affairs. She also denied claims that he had raped Nafissatou Diallo, saying she "never believed" those accusations.

"I didn't believe it, I don't believe it and I know that it is not the case," Sinclair said, adding that since criminal charges against DSK were dropped, she's not the only one who believes that. Okay, Anne, except that Strauss-Kahn still settled a rumored $6 million civil suit with Diallo by borrowing your money to do so, but perhaps that's besides the point. Maybe it's totally possible that Diallo was dying to have sex with an older man staying in her place of business. Or that she was trying to extort him for money. Those theories sound much more plausible.

Sinclair does believe that DSK's actions towards Diallo were less than impressive, especially given that they happened right before the French presidential election. She called his behavior "dumb, stupid, incoherent."

"I think it was infantile and neither worthy of the man that I thought he was nor the destiny he had hoped for."


Sinclair's reasoning for staying with Strauss-Kahn despite knowledge of his other sexual indiscretions paint her as the shielded wife who ignored rumors about her husband's behavior, though she does say she questioned DSK from time to time about her "doubts."

"He knew how to deny them, to reassure me," Sinclair said. Via The Telegraph:

Asked why he had stuck by her man so long, she said: "We had a run in a few years earlier in 2008 then this (Diallo) affair. As long as thought these were occasional affairs, I didn't think you should leave a man over them, especially when he is down. However, when I learned things in the newspapers like you little by little, there comes a time when one wavers."

She conceded that she had been in "denial" over his infidelity. "It's classic in couples. First, the partner is the last informed, second your friends don't come and tell you, and doubtless I didn't want to know, didn't want to see, didn't want to seek (the truth), because I trusted him, because we were a real couple, a real family."


"Sometimes I ask myself if all this really happened or was it just a nightmare," said Sinclair, reportedly while being shown pictures of her husband being arrested in 2011. While she wouldn't say that she's forgiven DSK, she did indicate that she's moved on. She's currently editorial director of the Huffington Post France and is in a relationship with French historian Pierre Nora.

As for Strauss-Kahn, he is currently awaiting trial for "aggravated pimping" as part of his alleged involvement in a prostitution ring, the second such case he has been investigated for. Miraculously, his personality hasn't managed to put a damper on his dating or work lives.


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