Anne Sinclair is not just Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s ex-wife, but very much accomplished in her own right
Anne Sinclair was a well-known journalist on French TV and the heiress to some of her maternal grandfather Paul Rosenberg’s fortune. She knew Picasso and refused to be painted by him at the tender age of 14, worried that he might give her three eyes and a weirdly angled face.
She was already once divorced by the time she met Dominique Strauss-Kahn (often simply referred to DSK). So was he. They both had children with their ex-partners and already being in their early 40s when they were married, did not have further children with each other.
Anne said of Dominique that she knew he was a charmer and a seducer when she met him, but she would never have imagined that he would cheat on her the way he did. She admitted she didn’t know, even if some would consider that idiotic. The rumours she heard she chose to ignore and rather believed her husband when he placated her and denied everything. She also said that perhaps she didn’t want to know.
The couple lasted 20 years and when the first rape allegations and a major sex-scandal hit DSK, she famously stood by him, believing it to be the right thing to do, even though many feminists condemned her.
But Anne Sinclair is and always has been a feminist. That doesn’t mean that she can’t stand by her man, who she still believed to be innocent at the time.
Ultimately the rape charges were dropped. But he did settle with his accuser outside of court, acknowledging that something untoward had happened, at least as far as the woman was concerned.
DSK has repeatedly said whilst on trial, especially later when he was charged with aggravated pimping, that he does not condone non-consensual sexual activities. To him no means indeed no. But women have accused him of doing things to them that they didn’t want. Dominique always said that he had been unaware that they didn’t want him to do what he did.
Often these things happened at sex parties and there were plenty of men and women around. Chances are that the women he slept with on those occasions may not really have wanted to be there, but had not felt at liberty to say anything to that effect. Ultimately he was acquitted of the charges in June 2015, which is certainly noteworthy here.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn might be a sex-addict, with a scandalous and, some would say, depraved past, but he has never been found guilty of sexual assault or abuse in any way. But he is a cheater and at some point Anne’s dignity was hurt irrevocably.
Anne left Dominique in 2012, though they didn’t acknowledge the split at first. They were divorced in March 2013.
Anne took her leave when it became clear that DSK had essentially been lying to her throughout their marriage. It is somewhat surprising that Dominique’s house of lies didn’t collapse a lot sooner. But rumours can always be dismissed.
It’s unknown if Dominique ever attempted to hold onto her. Given how much she supported him, financially as well, he would have been a fool not to try.
Both have since moved on, however. Dominique is dating Myriam L’Aouffir these days and Anne is in a relationship with Pierre Nora, who is 13 years her senior.
Anne has also rebuilt her life. She is working once more and seems to be quite happy in her life. She doesn’t like to speak of her previous marriage and its collapse. She doesn’t like to speak about all of her ex-husband’s affairs. And she will refuse to answer questions when asked about it.
She has said her piece and no longer feels obliged to say anything on the matter, having tired of it, especially since the press did not treat her kindly at the time. She is very much her own woman again and has left her ex-husband well and truly behind.