LONDON, UK - Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former boss of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has separated from his wife, the wealthy heiress and journalist Anne Sinclair, according to news reports.
The editor of the celebrity magazine Closer, which published an online article late Thursday claiming that the couple had split, told The New York Times that Sinclair had thrown Strauss-Kahn out of their Paris apartment a month ago, and that the one-time French presidential hopeful had moved into a friend’s home in the capital.
A source also confirmed the separation to Reuters news agency. Sinclair recently rebooted her media career as an editor at the French edition of the Huffington Post, and the news follows weeks of speculation that the relationship was falling apart, with Strauss-Kahn reportedly depressed at his own poor career prospects:
"He's in a bad way. It's very sad," a person who knows Strauss-Kahn told the news agency earlier 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."
On Friday Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers issued a statement announcing that he and Sinclair would sue Closer for invasion of privacy over the story, but neither confirmed nor denied whether the separation reports were true, the Agence France Presse reported.
"Having taken note of the cover and content of celebrity magazine Closer, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair have decided to sue this publication for invasion of privacy," they said.
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