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IMF Head Charged With Sex Attack in N.Y.

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Posted on May 15, 2011
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces charges of sexual assault, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment in New York.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, director of the International Monetary Fund and the French left’s most promising presidential candidate, was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual assault, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment of a Times Square hotel maid.

Plainclothes police officers from the Port Authority of New York apprehended Strauss-Kahn, 62, on an Air France jet at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, minutes before it was due to depart, the Guardian reported. The maid, 32, told police he sexually assaulted her in his hotel room at about 1 p.m. before she eventually escaped. Conviction could bring a prison sentence of 15 to 45 years.

In 2008, Strauss-Kahn was accused of harassment and favoritism over an affair with a female colleague, though a subsequent IMF investigation cleared him of those charges, the Guardian said. Members of the French Socialist party and Strauss-Kahn’s legal team said the latest accusations may be mere provocation. His lawyers said he will plead not guilty, but the scandal appears likely to shoot down Strauss-Kahn’s chances of challenging Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential election. —ARK

Guardian:

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was taken from the first class cabin of a Paris-bound Air France flight on the tarmac at JFK airport by plainclothes officers before Manhattan police formally arrested him on charges of criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.

… The charges have stunned French politics, where “DSK” was the Socialist favourite to beat Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential election. Strauss-Kahn was expected to declare within weeks that he would run in the primary race to become the left’s official candidate. But political commentators today suggested his presidential dream was over.

… For months opinion polls have suggested that Strauss-Kahn is the only potential opposition candidate who might unseat Sarkozy in next year’s election ... .

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By Lafayette, May 17, 2011 at 2:22 am Link to this comment

Its been reported he was “picked” from a line up. Thats ipso facto 50% guilty.

The day after the event, yes.

But the woman supposedly did not understand who the man was until she saw the TV news reports of his arrest. Did she see the news before or after her recognition of DSK in the line-up? That makes a big difference in terms of “identification”.

The lawyers will have a field day with this case. But the fact (if proven and substantiated by witness testimony) that will cook his goose is the fact that this affair will simply bring others out of the woodwork.

There are two of note, one in France (of a young woman who went public with an assault upon her person by DSK in the early 1990s) and the Hungarian woman who acknowledged a relationship with him, but now says (through an intermediary) that she felt obliged to submit to him because he was her senior manager. The woman was downsized out of the IMF and now works in Europe.

This is not the first time that DSK has been in hot-water over his relations with women. He has an officious reputation as a womanizer. He seems to be a guy who cannot take NO for an answer.

Why is it, though, that his vapid regard reminds one of Bernard Madoff during his inculpation?

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By Blackspeare, May 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Dominique is a good male name in France.  Only
Americans think it is female because of the “que.”

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By omop, May 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

If all that is claimed is true about DSK the blame lies with his maman
and papa for naming him Dominique instaed of Dominic.

Other assertions in the French press suggest religious dogma may have
had adverse influence in his youth.

Could it bet that the chamber maid [ according to a British website she
is originally from Africa ] teased in French?

Its been reported he was “picked” from a line up. Thats ipso facto 50%
guilty.

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By Blackspeare, May 16, 2011 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

The truth of the matter is that DSK did first make her
a proposition which she either refused or asked for
more money more likely the latter. This must have
enraged DSK and then things got out of hand.  In
Sofitel Hotels in Europe and Asia it is well known that
hotel staff with correct cosmetic attributes are
available and can be propositioned.

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By TDoff, May 16, 2011 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

Dominique has a hell of a defense.

‘Listen, I’m head of the IMF, and that’s my job, I’m supposed to rape people!’

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By Lafayette, May 16, 2011 at 3:08 am Link to this comment

dsg: How did a socialist come to be head of the IMF?

Easy ... he had a track-record that was impressive. Particularly as Minister of Finance in France.

Besides, no one knows why, but “protocol” would have it that the head of the World Bank should be American (which is the case) and the head of the IMF a European.

This sort of nonsense should stop with DSK. We need qualified people from various backgrounds. For instance, why not the head of the Chinese National Bank to replace DSK? He is highly regarded and competent.

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By Lafayette, May 16, 2011 at 2:40 am Link to this comment

ABOUT THE FRENCH LEFT

eureke: Surely the french left can find someone a little less of a traitor to the people than the ex-Director of the amerikan capitalist bank, which has manacled so much of the world as slaves to debt?

You obviously know nothing about the French left - but, of course, lack of the facts never prevents the clueless from posting nonsense to foul this forum exchange, does it?

“Traitor to the people”, is it? Well, yes, but not in the way you think.

You obviously believe the bullshit about DSK being a Socialist in Wolves Clothing. Whilst he was Finance Minister (1997/1999), however, in the only Socialist cabinet since Mitterand died, DSK was responsible for bringing in the 35-hour work week that effectively torpedoed French productivity.

French manufacturing has long since decamped and moved to better cost climates. It took some doing, but French unit labor costs are now more expensive than Germany’s.

The Socialist never forget anything and, unfortunately, never really learn anything. They haven’t a clue as to how an economy works. Their unique economic policy is Tax (the Cash Cow) & Spend. Sounds like the Dems in the US, does it?

Well, when you have a Cash-Cow of an economy with dry udders, how do you get cream for breakfast? In two words, “you don’t”.

ABOUT DSK

As for Strauss-Kahn, what is difficult to believe is that such an intelligent man should also have such a terrible problem with women. This is not the first time he has been in trouble over his “approach” to women (to be polite). He’s had problems not only previously at the IMF but as well in France.

In fact, his womanizing character is very well known here. There is already one testimony since Saturday that has become public regarding an assault upon a young woman in his entourage that occurred in the early 1990s. Others could likely come out of the woodwork as this story unfolds.

DSK’s descent in flames has shaken the French political establishment (especially on the Left) and probably guaranteed “his partner in war crimes the excreable Sarkozy” (as you put it) a new lease on the Elysee Palace - which is the French equivalent of the White House.

The French have a problem with their Political Class just as much as we do in the US. So, Uncle Sam should not be calling the kettle black.

POST SCRIPTUM

For the moment, without condemning the man (since hard evidence is yet to come) one might say that this old Greek adage was never more true:

Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make famous.

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By Observer, May 16, 2011 at 1:06 am Link to this comment
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First reaction from the Jewish Elite > What does it matter that he’s Jewish.
If you’re an unhinged neo-Nazi (sorry, redundant), the fact is additional proof that depraved Jews are running and ruining the economy, preventing you from getting that big house and pretty life you otherwise deserve because, well, you are white, and Christian.
“I am convinced it is an international conspiracy… This is a new form of political assassination.”

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By PatrickHenry, May 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment

This “socialist” reminds me of a neocon Republican.

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By UreKismet, May 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

Robespierre is possibly correct, on the other hand it could just be Oblamblam giving a bit of a helping hand to his partner in war crimes the excreable Sarkozy, by arranging a bit of a fit up of his only viable opponent.

Surely the french left can find someone a little less of a traitor to the people than the ex-Director of the amerikan capitalist bank, which has manacled so much of the world as slaves to debt?

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By Robespierre115, May 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

Just another reason why the people of Greece and other countries need to rebel and liberate themselves from the yoke of this trash.

So while other countries are hit hard by austerity measures, IMF officials enjoy raping maids in $3,000 a night rooms.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, May 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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How did a socialist come to be head of the IMF?

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