Tristane Banon’s mother had ‘brutal’ sex with DSK

Anne Mansouret Tristane Banon

Strauss-Kahn acts with ‘the obscenity of a soldier’ says politician Anne Mansouret revealing long-ago tryst

News LAST UPDATED AT 13:20 ON Tue 19 Jul 2011

In another twist to the story of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sex life, it has been claimed that the 62-year-old, who is alleged to have attempted to rape French writer Tristane Banon (left), had already had a "brutal" encounter with her mother, politician Anne Mansouret (right), by the time he met Banon.

Mansouret, a high-ranking member of the Socialist Party - the same party Strauss-Kahn belong to and had hoped one day to lead - made the claim while being questioned by police during a preliminary investigation into her daughter's complaint.

French weekly L'Express reports that Mansouret, 65, told them she had a "sexual relationship" with the former IMF chief in 2000 that was "consensual but clearly brutal". It was an encounter, she said, that she never wanted to repeat.

Mansouret, who was running for the Socalist nomination for the presidency until she dropped out on July 1, told her interrogators that DSK is a predator who seeks not to please but to take, and acts with the "obscenity of a soldier". According to her, his sexual needs trigger some sort of domination instinct.

This fits with her daughter Tristane's account of DSK as a "rutting chimpanzee" who was "very violent".

But why did she choose to stay silent about the tryst, even when her daughter came to her in 2003 complaining that he has assaulted her?

The answer apparently lies in the fact that hardly anyone, including Banon, knew about the encounter between Mansouret and Strauss-Kahn. This was because Mansouret was close friends at the time with DSK's former wife, Brigitte Guillemette, who was also godmother to Banon.

But in the light of the Sofitel incident, and with DSK's friends and family still painting a picture of a man that is "a seducer, not a rapist", Mansouret said she felt compelled to come forward to support her daughter's case.

Ironically, it was Mansouret who originally discouraged Banon from filing a complaint against Strauss-Kahn in 2003.

Before advising Banon to keep quiet, Mansouret says she spoke first to Guillemette, who apparently confided that she knew DSK often misbehaved with students, but that she never thought it would go this far. Guillemette then rang her ex-husband, who reportedly told her: "I don't know what came over me. I slept with the mother, I lost it when I saw the daughter."

Mansouret then went on to consult a local magistrate who told her that her daughter should complain but that she would probably not be believed, and a fellow Socialist politician known for her feminist beliefs, who urged her to get Banon to come forward.

Meanwhile, Banon had sought advice from a lawyer, who told her that the lack of physical evidence coupled with the ease with which the case could be dismissed as a publicity-seeking stunt meant that her chances of succeeding with it were "practically nil".

It also appears that Francois Hollande, then leader of the Socialist Party, knew of the incident.

DSK has dismissed Banon's allegations as "imaginary", and has filed a lawsuit against her for slander. At the time of posting, he has yet to respond to the mother's story. · 

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