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A French court has ruled that a lurid book that describes former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn as “half man, half pig” can be published.
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Almost two years since the former IMF chief's fall from grace in the New York Sofitel, DSK can't keep his libido out of the news.
Argentine lawyer Marcela Iacub says she hooked up with Strauss-Kahn last year and has written a novel, modestly entitled "Belle et Bête," ("Beauty and Beast" or "Beautiful and Stupid") inspired by their seven-month liaison from January and August 2012.
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Strauss-Kahn's attempts to have the book banned failed in a French court Wednesday, the Guardian reported.
While Strauss-Kahn wasn’t able to stop production of the book, the judge agreed to some of his other demands, NBC News reported.
The court ordered the publisher to place a disclaimer in every copy of the book stating that Strauss-Kahn’s privacy had been invaded. The court also ordered Iacub, the publisher and Le Nouvel Observateur, which printed excerpts of the book, to pay him damages totaling $98,000.
All of which will surely add to its succès de scandale.
The saucy details of Iacub's affair with this "half-man, half-pig," has been titillating literary and political circles of Paris, with its claims that had DSK succeeded in his pre-scandal ambition to become French president he would have turned the Elysée palace into bunga-bunga central and "used this country to pour out your inexhaustible sperm."
Iacub admits that she did spice up some of the sexual details, but insisted Strauss-Kahn was the book's protagonist, the Local reported. She apparently said the affair was “field work” for the book.
As he left the court hearing at the Palais de Justice on Tuesday, Strauss-Kahn told reporters, "I just want one thing, to be left alone,” the Guardian reported.
Paul Ames contributed to this report from Brussels.