It is a case that has makes a lot of ink flow. On May 14, 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French politician and former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was arrested in New York on charges of sexual assault. A lively controversy and legal case nicknamed The Sofitel affair. On December 7, 2020, Netflix put online Room 2806, a documentary directed by Jalil Lespert retracing the stages of the scandal involving Nafissiatou Diallo. In the mini-series, Raphaëlle Bacqué, journalist, explains that the interview with Dominique Strauss-Kahn carried out in the premises of TF1 on September 18, 2011, was prepared with the help ofAnne Sinclair, his former wife. Information to say the least surprising since the host is also a friend of Claire Chazal, former presenter of the TV News chain. Guest on the airwaves of Europe 1, the former companion of Patrick Poivre d'Arvor has wanted to give his version of the facts.
Claire Chazal denies the information of "Room 2806"
Claire Chazal persists and signs, Anne Sinclair was not involved in the interview she conducted with Dominique Strauss-Kahn on her return from the United States. "I very much dispute the fact that I am accused of that, without knowing and without having less asked for my version" she said before continuing, "It was the first time that he was able to say what had happened in this room, if his loves were priced, his relationship with women… All the questions were asked, but this interview has never, never been written in advance, rehearsed and prepared". If the journalist did not hide having been friends with the former couple, his words are clear: "The questions, I wrote them with Germain Dagognet (its former editor nldr) and others. They have never been transmitted to anyone, neither to Anne, nor to Dominique, nor to those around him ". With these words, Claire Chazal intends to insist on her duty of journalistic neutrality.
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