ROME (Reuters) - A Spanish writer once linked to fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Friday sprang to his defense and denied he was a violent lover.
Carmen Llera, widow of the Italian author Alberto Moravia, denied that a book of poetry in which she talked of a sadistic lover was about Strauss-Kahn, as reported by Italian newspapers, who said they were lovers for two years between 2003 and 2005.
She said the book of poetry was pure fiction and added in an open letter to the Corriere della Sera newspaper: "I have never been his victim as some have written."
Strauss-Kahn will leave jail in New York on bail on Friday and be placed under round-the-clock house arrest after being indicted for the alleged attempted rape of a hotel maid last Saturday.
He denies the charges and has vowed to prove his innocence.
Llera said in her letter:"He is not a cruel, primitive or sadistic man. Violence is not part of his culture. He likes sex, so what? This does not seem to me to be a crime."
Llera wrote the letter after a string of revelations in the media about Strauss-Kahn's previous relations with women.
Referring to the rape charges, Llera said Strauss-Kahn might be a victim of American prejudice.
"I do not want Dominique Strauss-Kahn to become the scapegoat of a certain American anti-European and anti-French puritanism," she wrote.
"I only want him to be able to show that he is innocent and to return as the free and smiling man who I saw several days ago."
(Writing by Barry Moody, editing by Paul Taylor)