A look back at the life of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former director of the International Monetary Fund.
Date of Birth: April 25, 1949
Birth location: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Birth name: Dominique Gaston André Strauss-Kahn
Dad: Gilbert Strauss-Kahn, legal and tax advisor
Mother: Jacqueline Fellus, journalist
Marriages: Myriam L’Aouffir (October 2017-present); Anne Sinclair (1991-2013, divorced); Brigitte Guillemette (1984-date not publicly available, divorced); Hélène Dumas (1967 date not publicly available, divorced)
Children: with Brigitte Guillemette: Camille; with Hélène Dumas: Vanessa, Marine and Laurin
Education: HEC Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris), Public Law, 1971; Paris Institute of Political Studies (Paris Institute of Political Studies), Political Science, 1972; University of Paris, Ph.D., Economics, 1977
His IMF salary in 2010 was tax-free, amounting to over $500,000 with benefits.
Was considered the main candidate to run against Nicolas Sarkozy for the 2012 French presidency.
November 1, 2007 – May 18, 2011 – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF).
2008 – Is reprimanded by the IMF for a relationship with a subordinate, Piroska Nagy.
May 14, 2011 – Is escorted off an Air France flight to Paris and taken to a Manhattan police station for questioning about the alleged sexual assault of a cleaning worker at the Sofitel hotel. The hotel worker says Strauss-Kahn tried to force her when she came to clean her room. By the time the police arrived, Strauss-Kahn had already left the hotel.
May 14, 2011 – Is charged with attempted rape and imprisonment of the hotel employee.
May 16, 2011 – Denied bail and transferred to Rikers Island prison in New York.
May 18, 2011 – Resigned from his post at the IMF. His 2007 contract includes a severance package with a one-time payment of $250,000 and a smaller annual pension.
May 19, 2011 – Is charged with seven counts: two counts of criminal sexual act, two counts of sexual abuse and one count each of attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.
May 19, 2011 – Obtained bail based on the following conditions: home confinement, surrender of his travel documents, and posting $1 million cash bail and $5 million bail.
June 6, 2011 – Pleaded not guilty to all seven counts.
July 1, 2011 – Is released from house arrest after prosecutors reveal the accuser admitted to lying about certain details.
July 4, 2011 – The lawyer for French journalist Tristane Banon has said he will file a lawsuit alleging Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape Banon in 2003. In anticipation of that lawsuit, Strauss-Kahn is filing a counterclaim against Banon for “misrepresentation” .
July 5, 2011 – Banon files a criminal complaint against Strauss-Kahn, alleging attempted rape.
August 8, 2011 – Nafissatou Diallo, the Manhattan maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, is suing him.
August 23, 2011 – All charges of sexual assault against Strauss-Kahn, linked to Diallo, are dismissed at the request of the prosecutor.
September 3, 2011 – Leaves New York to return to France.
September 18, 2011 – In an interview with French television channel TF1, Strauss-Kahn said the incident at the Sofitel hotel was “not just an inappropriate relationship, but more than that – a mistake, a mistake, a mistake regarding my wife, my children, my friends, but also a mistake that the French placed their hope for change in me.
October 13, 2011 – French prosecutors announce that charges will not be brought against Strauss-Kahn for Banon’s alleged sexual assault due to a lack of sufficient evidence and a statute of limitations that applies to the case.
February 21-22, 2012 – Is questioned by the French police about an alleged prostitution ring operated in luxury hotels.
March 26, 2012 – Strauss-Kahn is warned that he is being investigated for “aggravated pimping” for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring.
May 14, 2012 – File a countersuit for at least $1 million against Diallo, the Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault.
May 21, 2012 – A French investigation into Strauss-Kahn’s alleged involvement in a prostitution ring is expanding. Authorities say police will open a preliminary investigation into acts that allegedly took place in Washington in December 2010 that they say may constitute gang rape.
October 2, 2012 – A French prosecutor drops the investigation linking Strauss-Kahn to a possible gang rape in Washington. The testimony on which the investigation is based has been withdrawn and the woman refuses to file a complaint.
December 10, 2012 – Diallo and Strauss-Kahn reach a settlement in his civil lawsuit against him. The terms of the settlement are not published.
July 26, 2013 – Prosecutors announce that Strauss-Kahn will be tried for “aggravated procuring” for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring.
September 17, 2013 – It is announced that Strauss-Kahn has been appointed economic adviser to the Serbian government.
February 2, 2015 – Beginning of the trial concerning the charges of “aggravated pimping” against Strauss-Kahn.
February 17, 2015 – A prosecutor tells a French criminal court that Strauss-Kahn should be acquitted of aggravated pimping charges due to insufficient evidence. The Lille prosecutor’s office said in 2013 that the evidence did not support the charges, but the investigating magistrates nevertheless took the case to court.
June 12, 2015 – Strauss-Kahn is acquitted of aggravated pimping charges.
June 2016 – Strauss-Kahn and seven others are fined in civil court after the anti-prostitution group Mouvement du Nid appealed the June 2015 acquittal. Strauss-Kahn is ordered to pay more than $11,000 in damages to the group.
December 7, 2020 – Netflix launches “Room 2806: The Accusation”, a documentary series covering the 2011 sexual assault case involving Strauss-Kahn and Diallo.