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Defamation: Former head of International Monetary Fund to sue over movie

The former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn has instructed his lawyers to sue the makers of a new film based on a real-life sex-scandal involving a sexual assault on a maid in a New York hotel in 2011, reports Reuters.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was arrested after a maid at a New York hotel claimed he had sexually assaulted her in 2011. The allegations led to him resigning his post as the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an international body which aims to provide information to governments to enable global economic stability.

The criminal case against Mr Strauss-Kahn was dropped by the maid in question, after he agreed to settle a civil case out-of-court.

However, despite the scandal being over, the events of 2011 have now been recreated in a new film that was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last weekend.

'Welcome to New York' stars actor Gerard Depardieu, who plays a man addicted to sex. The lead character is involved in an incident with a hotel maid, in a storyline that strongly echoes the incident involving Mr Strauss-Kahn.

It is understood that Mr Strauss-Kahn believes that the film is defamatory because it brings up the subject matter again.

"This happened three years ago and he was cleared," said Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Jean Veil in an interview with Europe 1 radio this week.

"He is frightened, sickened. He has instructed his lawyers... to make a complaint for defamation based on accusations of rape, on the insinuations made throughout this film," he added.

The director of the film told Reuters that he did not have to answer to any allegations that the subject of the film was based on real events.