Kahn was under extreme criticism and legal procedures after a 32-year-old maid, Nafissatou Diallo accused him of sexually assaulting her at Sofitel, New York Hotel. In fact, the hue and cry over his sexual intimacy with the maid shattered his dreams to take over the seat of the French president after Nicolas Sarkozy.
But, this wasn't the end of the disaster. The entire situation fell hard on Kahn and derailed his IMF career. Kahn took his stand on the rape case in his first interview since his arrest in New York in May.
Strauss-Kahn said he was angry with himself for what he called an ill-judged but consensual liaison that had let down his country and hurt his family. "It was a moral error, and I am not proud of it," Strauss-Kahn said in an interview on TF1's primetime Sunday evening TV news programme, watched by millions. He added, "I regret it, infinitely, and I don't think I am finished with regretting it."
Speaking about his political career, Kahn said, "I wanted to be a candidate, but that is behind me. I am not a candidate for anything. I will take time to reflect. I have paid heavily for it. I am still paying for it. I have seen the pain I have caused around me and I have reflected deeply."