While the criminal case trudges on against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York, the scandal surrounding him in France has entered a more soap opera-like phase. The former International Monetary Fund director's second wife, Brigitte Guillemette, has threatened to sue the mother of Tristane Banon, the French journalist who has filed attempted rape charges against Strauss-Kahn there. Banon's mother, Anne Mansouret, said this week that she had "brutal" but consensual sex with Strauss-Kahn in 2000, shortly before he allegedly attacked Banon during an interview. Now Guillemette has told the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observatour that that was a lie, and says she's considering suing Mansouret for libel.
Guillemette, who is Banon's godmother, told the magazine that she was not a friend of Mansouret's (contrary to the popular belief), and that her daughter Camille was no friend to Tristane Banon. New York's Andre Tartar has this description of Camille and Tristane's complicated relationship:
This incestuous state of affairs just gets messier and messier. According to Brigitte, Tristane did not even meet her daughter Camille until after the infamous interview where she says DSK attacked her. She called up Camille seemingly out of the blue, mentioned she'd interviewed her father, and would love to get coffee and chat about it, which the girls then did. It wasn't until a second meet-up in a Latin Quarter café, supposedly, that Tristane told Camille about the sexual assault.
Phew. Just when things were starting to look up for Strauss-Kahn with the easing of his bail and the cracks in the New York prosecution's case against him, he's apparently due for a rough and complicated homecoming when and if he returns to Paris. He may want to remember that he does have homes in other countries.