Anne Sinclair, heir to an art fortune, threw the scandal-scarred, skirt-chasing Socialist out of their Paris house a month ago after 20 years of marriage.
“He’s in a bad way. It’s very sad,” an acquaintance said of Strauss-Kahn, whose presidential ambitions imploded when he was charged with sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid last year.
After the disgraced IMF chief’s arrest, Sinclair rode to his rescue, putting up his $1 million (Rs 5.5 crore) bail and accompanying him to court dates.
The charges were eventually dropped amid questions about the accuser’s credibility, but Strauss-Kahn’s defence — that his sexual contact with the maid was consensual — couldn’t have made her happy.
Then came allegations of attempted rape from a French writer, followed by a probe of possible links to a prostitution ring. And Strauss-Kahn is now being sued by the maid.
While he remains politically radioactive, Sinclair has jump-started her stalled journalism career, signing on as the French editor of Huffington Post.
“He’s mostly just at home on his own while Anne is out and about with her new job,” the acquaintance said. “He’s shunned by everybody.”
Sinclair, whose family fortune is estimated at more than $100 million (Rs 556 crore), married Strauss-Kahn 20 years ago after falling for him during an interview.