Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has branded an encounter with a hotel maid in New York as “inappropriate”.
The incident, which saw Strauss-Kahn charged with attempted rape, occurred at the Sofitel property in the city in May this year.
In his first TV interview since charges were dropped he went on deny using violence during the incident.
Strauss-Kahn did, however, rue the lost opportunity to run for French president following the charges.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, resigned as IMF chief after his arrest.
The maid, Nafissatou Diallo, is bringing a civil suit against him.
The criminal charges were dropped last month with prosecutors citing Diallo’s lack of credibility.
Giving his side of the story, Strauss-Kahn was questioned by Claire Chazal, a friend of his wife Anne Sinclair, on the main Sunday night bulletin of France’s TF1.
“What happened was more than an inappropriate relationship. It was an error,” he explained.
Sofitel is a luxury hotel chain managed by Courcouronnes, France-based Accor.