As Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers prepare to meet Tuesday with prosecutors to discuss a plea deal or the dropping of sexual assault charges against him, new International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde is facing a new ethics training regimen aimed at preventing the same kind of behavior.
Lagarde, who was France’s finance minister before winning the IMF job last week, is urged in her contract, released Tuesday, to “avoid even the appearance of impropriety in your conduct.” She will have one-on-one sessions with the fund’s top ethics official and be required to go through a web-based ethics training.
In the aftermath of the scandal that led to the resignation of Strauss-Kahn in May, “the fund has made a conscious decision to elaborate on what the highest ethical standards are via this contract,” IMF spokesman William Murray told The Washington Post.
Since Strauss-Kahn was arrested on sexual assault charges, current and former IMF staffers have spoken out about affairs and sexual harassment in the organization.
Lagarde’s contract reveals that her salary for this year will be $467,940 after taxes — $17,000 more than Strauss-Kahn was earning, based on a cost-of-living increase. She’s also getting close to $84,000 annually “to enable you to maintain, in the interests of the fund, a scale of living appropriate to your position as managing director and to the fund’s need for representation.”
The case against Strauss-Kahn, meanwhile, has been losing steam since last week, when prosecutors in New York told a judge that they had reason to doubt the credibility of the hotel maid who claims that he sexually assaulted her.
Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers and members of the Manhattan district attorney’s office are set to meet Wednesday to discuss a possible resolution to the case, The New York Times reported. They’re expected to discuss a dismissal of the charges or a plea deal, though prosecutors are not expected to make a decision on Wednesday.
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