The International Monetary Fund has launched a probe into allegations of improper behavior in relation with a subordinate by its chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The investigation focuses on whether Strauss-Kahn abused his position in connection with a sexual relationship with a subordinate, in a case that deals a heavy blow to the IMF at a key moment in the world financial crisis.
"I have cooperated and am continuing to cooperate with outside counsel to the Fund concerning this matter," Strauss-Kahn told the Wall Street Journal. He said the "incident which occurred in my private life" took place in January 2008. "At no time did I abuse my position as the Fund's managing director."
The firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius was asked to conduct the investigation, which is expected to be completed by the end of the month, the paper said.
The probe was sought by the longest-serving member of the IMF's governing board, A. Shakour Shaalan, who represents Egypt and other Arab countries, with advice from the representatives of Russia and the U.S, according to the Wall Street Journal.