DSK to sue over Welcome to New York (film).
“Fantasme antisémite” says Le Monde.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to sue for defamation the makers of Welcome to New York – the scandal-struck film that is the talk of the Cannes festival – saying it contains “accusations of rape”.
The disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief’s lawyer has apparently not seen the film, which comes with a legal disclaimer but whose main character – played by Gérard Depardieu – has undeniable parallels with DSK, as he is known.
However, Jean Veil, his lawyer, told Europe1 radio on Monday that his client was “disgusted” by the movie and had asked him to file a complaint for defamation because of “the accusations and insinuations of rape throughout the film”.
Describing it as “intolerable” Mr Veil said: “We have the right to fiction, but not the right to accuse.
“DSK like everyone has the right to be forgotten,” he added.
Reports the Telegraph.
Gérard Depardieu * is probably one of the few people in the world I dislike almost as much as Nigel Farage.
Le monde reports,
Le Monde, qui avait pu voir le film, avait pointé un passage qui « verse dans le fantasme antisémite » – Le Figaro, de son côté, a dénoncé ensuite « un antisémitisme nauséabond ».
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*” in recent years, Depardieu has attracted attention from the media and legal authorities for his behaviour In August 2012, he was accused of assault and battery for punching a motorist in Paris. In November 2012, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he fell from his scooter, and was found to have a blood alcohol level of 1.8 grams per litre, well above the French limit for driving of 0.5.
He has been an official resident of Néchin, Belgium since 7 December 2012. French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayraultcriticised his move. On 15 December 2012, Depardieu publicly stated he was handing back his French passport.
On 3 January 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order granting Russian citizenship to Depardieu. In his first interview thereafter, Depardieu attacked Putin’s critics.” (Wikipedia)