A Spanish writer has become the first of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged former lovers who has come forward to dismiss the sexual assault allegations against him.
Carmen Llera, 58, is said to have had a two-year relationship with Strauss-Kahn between 2003 and 2005 and a picture has been circulated of the two of them walking in Paris.
In 2008 she published a book of poems in French and Italian called Gaston, in which she described a lover who liked to be sadistic in bed. The man in the book ‘Gaston’ was thought to be Strauss-Kahn.
But today, a letter from her was published in Italy's leading Corriere Della Sera newspaper, in which she appeared to defend him, reports the Daily Mail.
It said: “After days of silence I am writing to you, it is a mistake to use my book Gaston, which is pure fiction, to illustrate a real event, Gaston has nothing to do with Dominique Strauss-Kahn who I have known for many years.
“I have never been one of his victims as has been written, he is not a primitive, cruel, sadistic man, violence is not part of his culture, he likes sex (so what?) that is not a crime, sometimes bodies can express more than words.
“But I do not wish to be literary at this moment because literature does not save anyone, it won't save him and it won't save me.
“I have no idea what happened in the suite at the Sofitel, probably there was a consensual relationship, but I would exclude sexual violence, I would not want Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be a made a scapegoat for American, anti-European, or anti-French puritanism.
“I would not want him to pay for the failed extradition of (Roman) Polanski or for dirty political and economic games.
“I would just like that his innocence be demonstrated and to return as the free and smiling man that I saw days ago,” she added.