The lawyer for the New York hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape called Monday the primetime interview he conducted in France "a joke," and said the full story would come out with an upcoming deposition.

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The lawyer for the New York hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape called Monday the primetime interview he conducted in France "a joke," and said the full story would come out with an upcoming deposition.

Kenneth Thompson, who represents the maid Nafissatou Diallo, also stressed in an interview with AFP that the ex-politician had failed to explain what exactly transpired at the Sofitel hotel on May 14th, shortly before his arrest on sex assault charges.

“The event last night was not an interview, it was publicity stunt,” Thompson said of Strauss-Kahn first public comments since he returned to France, after the criminal case in New York was dropped.

“Everything was scripted, I found it to be a joke,” he said.

Thompson noted the civil proceedings in the case were set to begin later this month, and that Strauss-Kahn was expected to give his full account of the events in a sworn deposition.

He “will have his deposition taken (in our office) and if he doesn’t come here, we’ll go to Paris to take his deposition,” Thompson said.

“And it’s not going to be done by Anne Sinclair’s friend,” he added, referring to the interviewer in the high profile interview Sunday, Claire Chazal, a friend of the 62-year-old Socialist politician’s wife.

“We are going to ask him the question everyone wants him to answer: what happened in that room within 9 minutes,” Thompson told AFP.

“How is it possible that he created some type of relationship with a woman that he had never met before, within 9 minutes?” he asked.

Over 13 million people tuned in Sunday to watch the interview where Strauss-Kahn made an admission of “a moral failing,” but critics quickly decried how the interviewer Chazal chose not to press him on what happened in the hotel suite that he admitted was a mistake.

“What happened involved neither violence nor constraint: no criminal act,” Strauss-Kahn insisted.

Thompson was also indignant at the Strauss-Kahn’s “interpretation” of a report on the case by New York Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

“Read the report, the report doesn’t say that he is innocent, the report says the prosecutor decided to walk away because he had a higher burden of proof, and we believe they didn’t have the will to take this case to trial,” Thompson said.

The criminal trial collapsed when the New York prosecutor said the Guinean maid’s history of deceit and inconsistent testimony made her an unreliable witness.

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World unprepared for next financial crisis: ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn

The world is less well equipped to manage a major financial crisis today than it was a decade ago, according to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

World unprepared for next financial crisis: ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn
Former French Economy Minister and former managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn , poses during a photo session in Paris on Thursday. Photo: JOEL SAGET / AFP
In an interview with AFP, the now-disgraced Strauss-Kahn — who ran the fund at the height of the 2008 financial meltdown — also said rising populism across the world is a direct result of the crisis. 
 
Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF in 2011 after being accused of attempted rape in New York, although the charges were later dropped. He settled a subsequent civil suit, reportedly with more than $1.5 million.
 
Q: When did you become aware that a big crisis was brewing?
 
A: When I joined the IMF on Nov 1, 2007, it became clear quite quickly that things were not going well. That is why in January 2008, in Davos, I made a statement that made a bit of noise, asking for a global stimulus package worth two percent of each country's GDP. In April 2008, during the IMF's spring meetings, we released the figure of $1,000 billion that banks needed for their recapitalisation.
 
Q: Did the Bush administration grasp the danger of Lehman Brothers going bankrupt?
 
A: No, and that is why Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson decided not to save Lehman, because he wanted to make an example of it in the name of moral hazard. Like everybody else, he considerably underestimated the consequences. Allowing Lehman to go under was a serious mistake. Especially because only a week later they were forced to save the insurer AIG, which was much bigger.
 
Q: Ten years on, are we better equipped to deal with a crisis of such a magnitude?
 
A: No. We have made some progress, particularly in the area of banks' capital adequacy ratios. But that is not nearly enough. Imagine Deutsche Bank suddenly finding itself in difficulty. The eight percent of capital it has at its disposal are not going to be enough to solve the problem. The truth is that we are less well prepared now. Regulations are insufficient.
 
Q: How so?
 
A: After 2012-2013 we stopped talking about the need to regulate the economy, for example concerning the size of banks, or concerning rating agencies. We backtracked, which is why I am pessimistic about our preparedness. We have a non-thinking attitude towards globalisation and that does not yield positive results.
 
Q: Do we still have international coordination?
 
A: Coordination is mostly gone. Nobody plays that role anymore. Not the IMF and not the EU, and the United States president's policies are not helping. As a result, the mechanism that was created at the G20, which was very helpful because it involved emerging countries, has fallen apart. Ten years ago, governments accepted leaving that role to the IMF. I'm not sure it is able to play it today, but the future will tell.
 
Q: Do you believe that Donald Trump's election is a consequence of the crisis?
 
A: I believe so. I'm not saying that there was a single reason for Trump's election, but today's political situation is not unconnected to the crisis we lived through, both in the US with Trump and in Europe.
 
Q: Connected how?
 
A: One of the consequences of the crisis has been completely underestimated, in my opinion: the populism that is appearing everywhere is the direct outcome of the crisis and of the way that it was handled after 2011/2012, by favouring solutions that were going to increase inequalities.
 
Quantitative easing (by which central banks inject liquidity into the banking system) was useful and welcome. But it is a policy that is basically designed to bail out the financial system, and therefore serves the richest people on the planet.
 
When there's a fire, firemen intervene and there is water everywhere. But then you need to mop up, which we didn't do. And because this water flowed into the pockets of some, and not of everyone, there was a surge in inequality.
 
By AFP's Antonio Rodriguez