The BBC is reporting that former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn “suspected” that his phone was hacked before New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo accused him of sexual assault.
The claim comes in a detailed account of the day of his arrest, published in the New York Review of Books. The report also says CCTV film from the New York Sofitel hotel shows two men celebrating after police were called.
A criminal case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn was dropped but the case sank his hopes of running for the French presidency. The latest report is likely to revive allegations that Mr. Strauss-Kahn may have been the victim of a political plot.
He still faces a civil suit by the hotel maid he was alleged to have assaulted, 32-year-old Nafissatou Diallo – even though questions about her honesty led to prosecutors dropping the criminal case.
Unnamed sources close to Mr. Strauss-Kahn are quoted in the article as saying he had been warned in a text message on the day of his arrest that an email he sent to his wife from his BlackBerry had been read in the offices of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party in Paris. He had called his wife Anne Sinclair as he was on his way to the airport to return to France to tell her “something serious” had happened, other sources quoted by news agency AFP suggested.
The victim of a political plot? The only plot against DSK, who has at least admitted to acting inappropriately, is the one he has perpetrated against himself.
Read more at the BBC.