Updated 09/18/2011 03:08 PM
Strauss-Kahn Acknowledges Sexual Encounter, Admits "Moral Failing" In New Interview
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn spoke out Sunday for the first time since Manhattan's district attorney dropped charges against him in a highly-publicized sexual assault case.
The former head of the International Monetary Fund told French television that his sexual encounter with a hotel maid "did not involve violence, constraint or aggression.''
He did say the incident was a "moral failing" on his part.
Strauss-Kahn was arrested in May after Nafissatou Diallo said he attacked her while she was cleaning his hotel suite in Midtown.
The 62-year-old acknowledged their encounter, saying that "what happened was more than an inappropriate relation. It was an error.''
He also said he regrets what went on but vehemently insists Diallo lied about being attacked.
The district attorney's office dismissed all charges against Strauss-Kahn last month, but he still faces a civil suit brought by Diallo.
Other woman have also come forward with similar allegations, but Strauss-Kahn called them imaginary.