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05/16/2011 12:43 pm ET | Updated Jul 16, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Interview Flashback: 'Yes, I Love Women, So What?'

In the wake of an alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid and new allegations from a second woman, new details are emerging about Dominique Strauss-Kahn's reputation as a womanizer.

Business Insider has uncovered an interview Strauss-Kahn gave to the French publication Liberation in which the IMF's chief cites "the money, women, and my Jewishness" as the three challenges to his potential bid for France's presidency.

Published just weeks ago, Strauss-Kahn's own words provide an intriguing twist on the developments of the past few days.

When pressed to elaborate, Strauss-Kahn offered the following explanation: "Yes, I love women, so what? ... For years we talk about giant pictures of orgies, but I've never seen anything out ... Let's show them!"

He imagined a scenario in which a woman is paid off to play the role of a victim of a purported assault: "A woman that he would have raped in a parking lot and to whom half a million or a million euros would be promised to make up such a story."

He then details a men's room run-in with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in which Strauss-Kahn pressured Sarkozy to stop "throwing dirt on his private life."

As for problems his money and faith may have caused with the French electorate, he said that he'll never need because of his vast fortune. When it comes to his Jewish faith, he claimed that a quotation attributed to him and circulated on the web was already causing problems for him. The Jewish Tribune claimed that he once said that he "gets up every morning wondering how (he) can be useful to Israel."

For more, visit Business Insider and Liberation.