French First Lady Carla Bruni has condemned Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying that she "feels solidarity” with women who were allegedly abused by the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief.
Bruni also said that she was "confused" at how the attempted rape charges against Strauss-Kahn by the New York hotel maid unravelled, The Scotsman reports.
Strauss-Kahn admitted having sex with the alleged victim, but his lawyers managed to prove that it was consensual and that the woman had lied to police and was "unreliable".
Bruni, however, said that she was clueless as to how the whole business came to an end.
"I am a bit confused, and I simply detested all the machismo reaction that followed. When women are belittled and attacked, I tend to take their side and feel solidarity with them," she added.
Last week, 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn was freed from charges of trying to rape and sexually assault New York hotel chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo on 14 May. He came back home to mixed reactions, with a poll saying that the majority of French people believe he should stay out of politics.