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DSK to sue for defamation over Ferrara film

Gerard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset arrive for the screening of the film "Welcome to New York",  Cannes  17 May 2014.
Gerard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset arrive for the screening of the film "Welcome to New York", Cannes 17 May 2014. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to take legal action over US director Abel Ferrara's film "Welcome to New York", which is inspired by the sex scandal that brought down the former IMF chief.

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Speaking on Europe 1, Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Jean Veil said that in the coming days he would "file suit for defamation over the accusations of rape and the insinuations made all throughout the movie"

Ferrara's movie is "a piece of shit, dogshit" added Veil, who also echoed DSK's ex-wife Anne Sinclair thats aspects of it were "anti-semitic".

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Veil said DSK was "sickened and frightened by this film", which tells a story which is similar to the events which led to DSK's downfall in 2011.

Veil noted that his client was cleared of charges and declared that "like everybody, he has the right to oblivion." The start of the movie - which premiered at Cannes on Saturday - states that it is inspired by a court case. 

Ferrara on Sunday denied the allegations of anti-Semitism, stating: "I hope not, I was brought up by Jewish women".

The scandal, which erupted with his arrest at the Sofitel hotel in New York, put an end to DSK's political ambitions in the 2012 French presidential elections.

Strauss-Kahn is still awaiting trial in France, on charges of pimping, in connection with the so-called “Carlton affair” relating to sex parties held at the Carlton hotel in Lille. 

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