Strauss-Kahn and wife 'have separated'
29 June 2012, 10:32
Paris - Former International Monetary Fund (IMF)
chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is facing a probe into his alleged
involvement with a prostitution ring in France, and his wife have
separated, a source said.
Anne Sinclair, a wealthy heiress who recently relaunched her media career as a news editor at the Huffington Post's French edition,
and Strauss-Kahn separated about a month ago and they are living in
separate residences in Paris, said the source, who is close to
The weekly magazine, Closer, earlier reported in
its online edition that Sinclair threw Strauss-Kahn out of their home in
Strauss-Kahn is under investigation in France to
establish whether he knew he was dealing with prostitutes and pimps when
he attended sex parties in northern France, Paris and Washington in
2010 and 2011 allegedly organised by business acquaintances.
prosecutors last month widened the inquiry to include a possible gang
rape charge after a prostitute told them Strauss-Kahn and friends had
forced her to have sex in a group when she came to Washington to meet
him in December 2010. The woman has not filed a formal complaint.
Strauss-Kahn denies knowing that the women at the parties were prostitutes or that there was any violence.
career at the head of the Washington-based IMF was cut short when he
was arrested in New York in May 2011 on charges, which he denied and
that have since been dropped, of attempting to rape a hotel maid.
criminal charges were abandoned over concerns about her credibility,
the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, pressed ahead with a civil case.
a former French finance minister, and Sinclair have been married for 20
years. She stuck close by him when he faced the rape accusations in New
The scandal destroyed his hopes of running for French
president in the April-May 2012 election for the Socialist Party, which
instead won power under Francois Hollande.
News of the separation
comes after weeks of media speculation that the relationship was under
pressure, in part as Strauss-Kahn grew depressed at his lack of career
"He's in a bad way. It's very sad," a person who knows
Strauss-Kahn and recently saw him socially said this month. "He's mostly
just at home on his own while Anne is out and about with her new job.
He's shunned by everybody."