LE PARISIEN, EUROPE 1 (France)
PARIS – After months of legal battles and political and personal self-destruction, Dominique Strauss-Kahn probably needed to unwind with some pleasant company. At least that's what the photograph published on Twitter by some French nighclubbers suggests.
While news was spreading of a potential multi-million-dollar out-of-court settlement with the New York hotel maid who'd accused him of rape in 2011, Strauss-Kahn was photographed this past weekend posing with three blondes in a Parisian nightclub, reports French daily Le Parisien.
The former head of the International Monerary Fund attended a "Sex On The Beach" party sponsored by cocktail brand X.B where he showed up with his bodyguards, according to some witnesses.
The owner of the Matignon, a nightclub located near the Champs Elysées, confirmed DSK's presence, reports Europe 1. The photograph has started spreading on French social networks, and even wound up on the Facebook wall of the brand.
The owner of the firm said that "DSK very much liked the concept and the state of mind of the brand," according to Le Parisien.
According to Europe 1, DSK arrived at 10:30 p.m. with a group of men and left at around 2 a.m.
The former French politician is due to finalize a $6 million civil agreement with Nafissatou Diallo on Dec. 10th. Strauss-Kahn, who at the time was considered a frontrunner for the French presidency, was arrested on May 14, 2011 after Diallo, a 33-year-old hotel maid, told police that he attacked and raped her when she entered his room on the 28th floor of the Sofitel Hotel in Midtown Manhattan to clean it.
Six days later the 63-year-old French national resigned from the IMF. But the case fell apart in the weeks after the indictment, as prosecutors began to have concerns about the housekeeper’s credibility.
The former head of the IMF also has legal troubles in France, where he was charged in October 2011 with participating in an organized prostitution ring in the northern city of Lille. A verdict in that case is expected later this month.
Earlier this year Strauss-Kahn separated from his wife of some 21 years, U.S.-born French journalist Anne Sinclair.