IMF chief pulled off plane in NY on rape charges

posted at 9:30 am on May 16, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The story is as salacious as it is puzzling.  New York police marched Dominique Strauss-Kahn off of an airplane yesterday to face charges of rape after an alleged sexual attack on a maid earlier in the day.  By nighttime, the arrest of the head of the International Monetary Fund had people wondering whether Greece would melt down, and whether the IMF could remain in Western hands — as well as what kind of Socialists stay in $3000-per-night hotel suites:

The French political bigshot who heads the International Monetary Fund was arrested for allegedly sodomizing a Manhattan hotel maid today — hauled off an Air France flight just moments before takeoff from Kennedy Airport, police said.

Three Port Authority detectives pulled Dominique Strauss-Kahn from the plane’s first-class cabin just two minutes before it was due to depart for Paris, according to police sources said.

Strauss-Kahn, 62 — who was expected to challenge Nicholas Sarkozy in the 2012 French presidential election — was turned over to NYPD officers and brought to the Special Victims Unit’s uptown squadroom.

The Post has the lurid details, but it’s hardly the first time Strauss-Kahn has embarrassed the IMF.  Three years ago, he admitted to sleeping with a subordinate, a peccadillo that should have pushed the IMF to can him then.  It won’t get any better for the IMF, either, as another woman in France may file a complaint about an alleged attack that occurred several years ago.

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have leaked that they’re looking for an alibi, insisting that the suspect wasn’t even in the hotel at the time.  That will be difficult to sell, since the victim picked Strauss-Kahn out of a lineup:

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a married father of four whose reputation with women earned him the nickname “the great seducer,” faced arraignment Monday on charges of attempted rape and criminal sexual contact in the alleged attack on a maid who went into his penthouse suite at a hotel near Times Square to clean it.

Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody on Saturday and spent more than 24 hours inside a Harlem precinct, where police say the maid identified him from a lineup, then headed to a hospital for a “forensic examination” requested by prosecutors to obtain more evidence in the case, defense lawyer William Taylor said. He was taken to a Manhattan court early Monday.

If they argue for a case of mistaken identity and then DNA connects Strauss-Kahn to the victim, that’s going to put the defense in a rather tight box.

His fellow Socialists in France are defending him, at least for now:

Fellow Socialists increasingly defended Strauss-Kahn, citing contradictions in the investigation, and pledged to stick to the campaign calendar.

“His close friends cannot believe that he is guilty,” said Socialist politician and friend Jean Christophe Cambadelis.

Perhaps, but the Economist can’t believe he’s a Socialist, either — not with those hotel bills:

Just note that the New York Times states that he was staying in a $3,000 a night suite and was taking a first class flight to Paris. This is the IMF, the body that imposes austerity on indebted countries and is funded by global taxpayers. And this was the likely leading socialist candidate for the French presidency.

John Hinderaker at Power Line notes that Socialism ain’t what it used to be:

$3,000 a night–not for a family or an entourage, but for a single socialist! Not bad. … Obviously socialists have reconciled themselves to bourgeois comforts like first-class air travel. Any time you want, for free.

The Washington Post looks at the impact of the arrest on Europe and the global economy, and it doesn’t look promising.  The $155 billion loan to Greece hasn’t solved the nation’s debt crisis, and Strauss-Kahn was about to go back to Europe for more cash to rescue Athens.  Now, there may be no one to convince Europe to salvage its investment in Greece at all:

Strauss-Kahn’s absence may be felt most immediately in the IMF’s work with the European Union to prevent the debt crisis engulfing several countries from getting out of hand.

His arrest “comes at just the worst possible time for Europe,” said Eswar Prasad, an international economics professor at Cornell University. “As the world economy stumbles its way to recovery, this could be a pretty serious blow that sets things back.”

A $155 billion loan provided to Greece in spring 2010 is proving insufficient to keep the country out of insolvency. Strauss-Kahn had been considering modifying the terms of the loan to lighten the load on Greece while discussing the potential of a new $85 billion loan to Greece with the European Union.

He was slated to meet with Europe’s finance ministers in Brussels on Monday to weigh the further aid to Greece and work through details of an IMF-backed bailout of Portugal. The organization said IMF Deputy Managing Director Nemat Shafik, who oversees the group’s work in various European Union countries, will attend instead.

The nations of the EU may want to keep the IMF at arm’s length for a while, so don’t expect an enthusiastic rush to push more funds through it when Shafik makes his bid.  The next head of the IMF may pay less attention to European concerns, too:

The IMF on Sunday named Strauss-Kahn’s second-in-command, former banker John Lipsky, as his replacement. But Lipsky was planning to step down at the end of the summer, and while a European has long led the IMF, countries such as China and India are considering nominating one of their own for the top spot. That could also have wide ramifications for the organization, whose emerging market members have complained that it shows more generous treatment toward European countries than those in the developing world.

Traditionally, an American leads the World Bank and a European leads the IMF.  If Europe loses the IMF position, they may get even less enthusiastic about contributing to its projects than they will be now with Greece.

It’s impossible to predict what will happen next, but one question will have to get resolved soon.  Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers claim that he has diplomatic immunity as part of his IMF portfolio, while New York police beg to differ.  That question will have to ultimately be resolved by the White House, which will have the unpleasant task of deciding between potentially angering France (although probably not Nicolas Sarkozy) by prosecuting him just when France has taken the lead on Libya and to a lesser extent on Eurozone bailouts, or letting a potential rapist walk free.  If Strauss-Kahn’s defense pushes hard on the immunity claim (which is probably not valid), though, it’s going to make him look guilty as hell, and the political damage in Europe from denying the claim will probably be significantly reduced.


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So was it rape/rape???

Baxter Greene on May 16, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces further claim of sexual assault

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/16/dominique-strauss-kahn-tristane-banon

Viator on May 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

He’s been called a chimpanzee in heat. Crazed sex poodle Algore was unavailable for comment.

JammieWearingFool on May 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM

If the Greek economy falls in the wilderness, will anyone notice?

Bishop on May 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Having a socialist as head of the IMF struck me almost as hard as the rape charge. Isn’t socialism and international monetary policy mutually exclusive? At least as far as those providing those funds are concerned?

cozmo on May 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers claim that he has diplomatic immunity as part of his IMF portfolio, while New York police beg to differ. That question will have to ultimately be resolved by the White House, which will have the unpleasant task of deciding between potentially angering France (although probably not Nicolas Sarkozy) by prosecuting him just when France has taken the lead on Libya and to a lesser extent on Eurozone bailouts, or letting a potential rapist walk free.

Heh. Another difficult decision for Barry. Let the perp walk away and demonstrate a hatred for victimized brown people?
What will Valerie Jarret tell him to do?

a capella on May 16, 2011 at 9:38 AM

cozmo: They just want control of the money. In that way, it makes perfect sense that socialists want to be the head of the IMF.

Scott H on May 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

The diplomatic immunity situation is up in the air. Lots of subterfuge all around on this but it comes down to this: three entities have the ability to get DSK out of jail time — Obama/Clinton, Sarkozy, the IMF. Obama/Clinton aren’t going to stick their necks out. Sarkozy isn’t going to stick his neck out given how guilty DSK appears and the fact that DSK is his top political rival at the moment(although if DSK ever comes up with a plausible defense French nationalism could rear its head). The IMF could invoke Diplo Immunity, but the success of that depends on whether they were covering DSK’s hotel & travel bills at the time of the incident.

Robert_Paulson on May 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Socialists in $3000/night hotels, global warming alarmists in mansions and luxury cars, Obama renditioning in an extraordinary fashion, keeping Gitmo open, and bombing Libya. Gotta love the left!

exhelodrvr on May 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces further claim of sexual assault

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/16/dominique-strauss-kahn-tristane-banon

Viator on May 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

International MF indeed!

Shy Guy on May 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Based on what I read on the net over the weekend, this old creep didn’t manage the actual act of intercourse but dragged the maid into the bathroom where he could more easily corner her and forced her to do oral sex on him. She got away eventually. But he used a lot of force. I expect she will have bruises and marks on her body. He couldn’t get her clothes off, but I don’t know if he tore any of the clothes. Hopefully he has a distinguishable “member” or something so any defense he might try to lie about will not hold up. He is such an idiot, he called the hotel about his missing cell phone and that is how they knew where to find him to arrest him. I am glad they pulled him off that plane and confiscated his passport. He does NOT have diplomatic immunity.

I heard his bail will be set at millions. He probably won’t be able to pay those $3k per night fees for a hotel room while he is out on bail.

karenhasfreedom on May 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

$3,000 a night–not for a family or an entourage, but for a single socialist! Not bad. … Obviously socialists have reconciled themselves to bourgeois comforts like first-class air travel. Any time you want, for free.

Some animals are more important than other animals.

unclesmrgol on May 16, 2011 at 9:41 AM

He reminds me of Bill Clinton.

Blake on May 16, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Showed the pic of the “Great Seducer” to my office girl as she walked by.

ROFL was how she answered.

Bishop on May 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

$3,000 a night–not for a family or an entourage, but for a single socialist! Not bad. … Obviously socialists have reconciled themselves to bourgeois comforts like first-class air travel. Any time you want, for free.

Some animals are more important than others.

unclesmrgol on May 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

$3,000 a night–not for a family or an entourage, but for a single socialist! Not bad. … Obviously socialists have reconciled themselves to bourgeois comforts like first-class air travel. Any time you want, for free.

He’s only doing it for the people.

/1984

mankai on May 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

“His close friends cannot believe that he is guilty,” said Socialist politician and friend Jean Christophe Cambadelis.

well then, there you have it. If he was a Democrat here in the US, he’d be getting a promotion.

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

$3,000 a night–not for a family or an entourage, but for a single socialist! Not bad. … Obviously socialists have reconciled themselves to bourgeois comforts like first-class air travel. Any time you want, for free.

it’s for…the…workers…of ..the..world...or something.

narratives.

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Wealth, unspreaded….

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 9:47 AM

people wondering……what kind of Socialists stay in $3000-per-night hotel suites:
-ED

The usual kind.

DFCtomm on May 16, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Strauss-Kahn, 62 — who was expected to challenge Nicholas Sarkozy in the 2012 French presidential election — was turned over to NYPD officers and brought to the Special Victims Unit’s uptown squadroom.

Law & Order SVU? Dun-dun.

Ward Cleaver on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Who’s signing off on this piece of Eurotrash’s expense reports?

MNHawk on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

He’s probably sitting in that jail cell just fuming about all that he does for the “little” people and didn’t that maid understand it was her duty to make his life a little better because HE IS Entitled.

Metanis on May 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

“was arrested for allegedly sodomizing a Manhattan hotel maid today”

Socialist not satisfied with figurative sodomy act on the working class, opts for literal sodomy act on the working class. The French they are different than You and Moi, no?

Sodomizing – so he likes sticking it to the working class in the back?

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Heh. Another difficult decision for Barry. Let the perp walk away and demonstrate a hatred for victimized brown people?

a capella on May 16, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Time for another Gutsy Call(TM)!

strictnein on May 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM

The French political bigshot who heads the International Monetary Fund was arrested for allegedly sodomizing a Manhattan hotel maid today —

Socialists doing what socialists do. Welch off of the efforts of others and try to bunga them into submission whenever they want. Never taking no for an answer. Reminds me of the White House. BTW, did she ask for a waiver?

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 9:52 AM

people wondering……what kind of Socialists stay in $3000-per-night hotel suites:
-ED

The kind that was expecting a happy ending LOL!

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Mary Jo Kopechne preceded this woman….

and the rest of us?

….we are all chambermaids now….

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Euro Trash – America’s real immigration problem.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Anyting that discredits the French socialists probably helps Sarkozy less than it benefits Marine Le Pen, Sarkozy’s neo-Gaullist “third way” rival (and a woman) who is France’s infinitely more chic and well-spoken answer to Donald Trump. Socialists have a long history of morphing into populists of varying ferocity, and Le Pen carries little of the baggage of her notorious father, let alone of a Pétain or even a Poujade.

Seth Halpern on May 16, 2011 at 9:55 AM

$3,000 a night–not for a family or an entourage, but for a single socialist! Not bad

Socialism is way cooler than you people let on!

mankai on May 16, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Sounds like a pretty vicious attack. Too bad this fella won’t serve a single day in prison for it.

Rational Thought on May 16, 2011 at 9:57 AM

If socialism means being able to board any Air France flight at any time and be seated in First Class (imagine it being full and some paying passenger being bumped) where do I sign up.

Marcus on May 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Who’s signing off on this piece of Eurotrash’s expense reports?

MNHawk on May 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

George Soros

Roy Rogers on May 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Anything. Then again maybe she appeals to the yute.

Seth Halpern on May 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM

A comment from the Economist’s short post:

Sherbrooke wrote:
May 15th 2011 2:34 GMT

A $3000 a night suite in New York City is quite a reasonable arrangement for a person in Kahn’s position. NYC can go much higher than that

Yep, the good little socialists are defending it. Also, note there is an update that he may have paid for the hotel himself (although no proof offered), but the above comment was made before that note was added.

Also, this note:

Alan MacDonald wrote:
May 15th 2011 5:13 GMT

What’s the betting that Strauss-Kahn got “Assanged”?

Who would want to remove a potentially global socialist figure from likely prominence in a pivotal up-coming election?

Does the “maid” have any history as a CIA ass(et)?

Impressive. It’s all the CIA’s doing!

strictnein on May 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM

spread the wealth cheeks….

same result.

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM

The shocking arrest came hours after a Socialist Party ally of Strauss-Kahn accused Sarkozy of kicking off a smear campaign against his longtime rival — focusing on his lavish lifestyle, including his preference for suits from the same tailor favored by President Obama.

How dare this guy wear those uber-expensive suits made by the luxury tailor that Obama patronizes. Didn’t he hear Barry’s and Michelle’s speeches to college students, telling them that they should not go after those big offices (in law firms like Sidley & Austin, where both Obamas took jobs after law school), or expensive suits. No, the Obamas advised kids to go into public service like they did — because then you can have all the goodies, and stick the rube taxpayers with the bill! (Okay, maybe the IMF guy did take the Obamas’ advice after all).

AZCoyote on May 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

A socialist, inserting his will over another human being for their own self gain, self gratification, self pleasure. Gee willikers….are ALL socialists power hungry beasts???

I think we know the answer to this question.

capejasmine on May 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

This is the IMF, the body that imposes austerity on indebted countries bunga bunga on chambermaids and is funded by global taxpayers.

same same.

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

John Hinderaker at Power Line notes that Socialism ain’t what it used to be:

Of course it is. It’s just modern day, industrial age feudalism. You still have an elite that gets to live differently from the serfs.

rbj on May 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM

$3,000 a night–not for a family or an entourage, but for a single socialist! Not bad. … Obviously socialists have reconciled themselves to bourgeois comforts like first-class air travel. Any time you want, for free.

Are you kidding? It’s the classic mantra of Socialism (and Pols in Washington). The elite’s get the spoils, the peasants get the food lines. “I’m important, don’t you know”.

TulsAmerican on May 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM

he whispered in her ear….”we…are…all..going…to have to…make. some. sacrifices!”

pressure.

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 10:04 AM

His idea of socialism seems remarkably similar to our Dear Leaders’ version, lavish parties, lavish flights, lavish accomodations, first class everything for those so desperately trying to help the working man.

Tim Zank on May 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

The maid was taken to the hospital and they have rape kits (They collect evidence). This guy is toast, he wasn’t even on official IMF business he was on personal business? It would be great if we found out just what “personal business” a French socialist had in NYC. A Presidential contender? They must have lowered the bar in France for Presidential aspirants, It’s already impossible to limbo under that bar.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Sounds like a pretty vicious attack. Too bad this fella won’t serve a single day in prison for it.

[Rational Thought on May 16, 2011 at 9:57 AM]

We’ll see. It’s NYC, not LA, but there’s little doubt the Administration will put the pressure on once the “Euro-trash” (HT Dr Evil) and their American hangers-on find the right meme — Right, Whoopi? Anne? [It wasn't sodomy-sodomy!]

Dusty on May 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

He just wanted a piece of her “pie”.

Roy Rogers on May 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

International
Molestation of
Females

Vashta.Nerada on May 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Don’t worry, Soros has a better guy in mind.

faraway on May 16, 2011 at 10:08 AM

that’s going to put the defense in a rather tight box.

I think that was what the old pervert had in mind.

Aviator on May 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Don’t worry, Soros has a better guy in mind.

faraway on May 16, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Yep, I’m sure George has a deep bench.

Tim Zank on May 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM

He’ll be gone the way of Roman Polanski. As crr6 would say, “Count [on] it!” At least his political career is (presumably?) ruined, although in France who can say?

One night’s hotel bill from this guy would probably feed a whole village in Haiti. Where’s all that “spread the wealth” fervor when you need it?

jwolf on May 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM

This might not be what it seems.

- Duke Lacrosse

faraway on May 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Don’t worry. Obama will take a long hard look at this and make the absolutely worst possible decision.

gitarfan on May 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM

His idea of socialism seems remarkably similar to our Dear Leaders’ version, lavish parties, lavish flights, lavish accomodations, first class everything for those so desperately trying to help the working man.

Tim Zank on May 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Let them eat lobster and wagyu beef

Roy Rogers on May 16, 2011 at 10:15 AM

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”

That applies to sex now? He had needs and she should take care of his “needs”?

seven on May 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

as what kind of Socialists stay in $3000-per-night hotel suites:

How much has our own little socialist spent on vacations?

International MF indeed!

Shy Guy on May 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Why, you’re not so shy after all. (Spoken in Val Kilmer’s Doc Holiday voice.)

davidk on May 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM

France is an ally so of course he will snub them….he only kowtows to our enemies

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Gee, since he was arrested in New York, at the very least, they could have given him the customary tazing when they took him into custody.

Come to think of it, with that arrogant look on his face, they should have tazed him just out of principle alone!

pilamaye on May 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM

The NYT has him on the front page, above the fold so they know there is no way to bury the story. The headline for the paper and online edition is interesting Online: Soul-Searching in France After Official’s Arrest Jolts Nation. Uh no what was he arrested for? Paper: I.M.F. Chief’s Arrest Upends Political Scene In A Shocked France. Arrested for what? Paper of Record my A$$.

Compare to Ed’s headline to this post. IMF chief pulled off plane in NY on rape charges.

Isn’t this journalism 101? Uh Duh what was he arrested for Uh Duh NYT: Uh Duh, I Dunno.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

IMF has already said it will not seek diplomatic immunity for DSK. He was on a personal trip and not doing business for the IMF.

I think he was the one who wanted to make allegiances between France and Russia (energy) if he beat Sarkozy. Hopefully, this will be the end of him.

Greyledge Gal on May 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Tru dat gitar

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Socialist not satisfied with figurative sodomy act on the working class, opts for literal sodomy act on the working class. The French they are different than You and Moi, no?

Sodomizing – so he likes sticking it to the working class in the back?

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Orally, as I have read the updates. Perhaps this is his version of a French kiss?

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

This might not be what it seems.

- Duke Lacrosse

faraway on May 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

You are equating a maid that works in an upscale hotel to a stripper and alleged prostitute that performed at frat parties? Really that’s where you want to go? A maid isn’t a legitimate occupation, and working in an upscale hotel in NYC, is now like what working in a brothel?

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

inserting his will

capejasmine on May 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Well, I guess that’s one name for it.

davidk on May 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM

OH my, can I laugh yet or is there more coming?
The best part of this story is the socialist spending the night in a 3000/night room.
This is what BO aspires to once he is done turning this country socialist.
Or maybe the chimpanzee thing.
What a joke. I don’t care what they do to him but I hope the press gets some major milage out of this one.

ORconservative on May 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM

The Strauss-Kahn Charges
The stunning sexual assault case against the French IMF chief.

The WSJ manged to get into the headline, what he was arrested for. What are the odds if he wasn’t a Euro Socialist, the reason for his arrest would have been splashed across the front page of the NYT?

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM

It looks like Eliot Spitzer found his new co-host.

Roy Rogers on May 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Orally, as I have read the updates. Perhaps this is his version of a French kiss?

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

I suspect this is more than a one day story. I wonder how many women are going to end up stepping forward after his arrest? There is mention of a 2002 incident from a different woman. This is shades of Arnold Schwarzenegger running for Governor of California. Arnie’s wife Maria a journalist covered for him, it looks like this guy’s wife Ann a journalist is doing the same.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Maria (Shriver) Schwarzenegger, wanted to be First Lady of California…Ann Sinclair wants to be First Lady of France. Ann’s horse has been permanently handicapped.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Orally, as I have read the updates. Perhaps this is his version of a French kiss?

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Watch him come out with the Bill Clinton defense…it all depends on what the definition of Is-Is.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

“If he was a police officer than the lady should have just let it happen. Since he clearly is not, he should be in jail.” ~GM/MJ Brutus.

Pattosensei on May 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM

No way this globe-trotting fatcat is going to remain incarcerated in a NYC jail pending trial. He’s going to get bail and when he does the simple lack of a passport will be no obstacle to his leaving the US. The French Embassy will put him on a plane themselves if need be. He’ll be back in France within the next 72-hours, at most, never to return to the US.

FlatFoot on May 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM

$3,000 a night–not for a family or an entourage, but for a single socialist! Not bad. … Obviously socialists have reconciled themselves to bourgeois comforts like first-class air travel. Any time you want, for free.

second look at socialism

Lily on May 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Only logical thing to do in this case…turn him over to the U.N…
Obama will drop this and say it is an international incident and that international courts should handle it…of course we all know what the outcome will be.

right2bright on May 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers claim that he has diplomatic immunity as part of his IMF portfolio, while New York police beg to differ. That question will have to ultimately be resolved by the White House, which will have the unpleasant task of deciding between potentially angering France (although probably not Nicolas Sarkozy) by prosecuting him just when France has taken the lead on Libya and to a lesser extent on Eurozone bailouts, or letting a potential rapist walk free.

Diplomatic immunity for a rapist? Give Strauss-Kahn diplomatic immunity, and every woman within a few miles of the UN building would be fair game for sex-crazed foreign “diplomats”.

If DSK really wanted to bail out Greece, he could have kept his pants on, flown back to France, and nobody would have stopped him. Nobody forced him to jump the maid! Now that he’s been frog-marched by the NYPD for sexual assault, the judge shouldn’t even set bail–let him face American justice. The White House should stay out of it, and let New York cops do their jobs.

DSK’s wife, Anne Sinclair, is an attractive (though lefty) newscaster on one of France’s major TV networks. It will be interesting how she covers this on TV–will she try to cover for him, or be PO’D enough to let him have it, or “recuse herself” and let others cover it?

Steve Z on May 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Only logical thing to do in this case…turn him over to the U.N…
Obama will drop this and say it is an international incident and that international courts should handle it…of course we all know what the outcome will be.

right2bright on May 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM

You want DSK to die in prison like Milosevic?

Steve Z on May 16, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Diplomatic immunity for a rapist? Give Strauss-Kahn diplomatic immunity, and every woman within a few miles of the UN building would be fair game for sex-crazed foreign “diplomats”.

If he claims “diplomatic immunity” to get out of this, I think the US retaliation could be to permanently bar him entry into the country.

We’re required to approve the credentials of any diplomat sent here, so one claiming immunity for something serious like this as a dodge should pretty much be expelled from the country. Considering his job at the IMF, it would probably be pretty hard to complete his duties if he couldn’t enter the US.

teke184 on May 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Some animals are more important than others.

unclesmrgol on May 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

/1984

mankai on May 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Get back to work boys or we’ll turn you into glue.

shick on May 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Expensive hotels?

No animal may sleep in a bed with sheets.

Score another point for Animal Farm.

njcommuter on May 16, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I notice how the big papers are being careful not to bill this guy as “French presidential candidate”, which he is (was?).

crosspatch on May 16, 2011 at 12:02 PM

If I were Sarkozy I wouldn’t be especially pleased. He was trailing Le Pen in opinion polls, and she will be a tougher opponent than some washed up socialist. Before this debacle it was feared that Le Pen might knock Sarkozy out in the first round, so he could scare some of her supporters by warning of a socialist victory. But if it comes down to Sarkozy and Le Pen in a runoff, the former socialist voters would have to split solidly in Sarkozy’s favor for him to win. What are the chances of that?

Seth Halpern on May 16, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I am a Christian against fornication and adultery.

He could talk to 3 people and have a hooker visit him. Don’t most Concierge services know who to talk to that can doo a referral?

Can’t he have an office visit to Amsterdam?

seven on May 16, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Ok, people, you just don’t understand. The maid didn’t understand what was happening. Me, as a socialist overlord who actually should be worshiped completely understands that our good comrade, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was just ensuring and feeding to the maid a very high grade of digestible protein for her own good.

PrettyD_Vicious on May 16, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Watch him come out with the Bill Clinton defense…it all depends on what the definition of Is-Is.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I want to know what the move was. Like Clinton to Paula Jones, whip it out and say “kiss it”? Clinton and Monica … not sure how that went down. Oh. Sorry! This guy is a piker compared to Polanski. Polanski’s move was, give a 13 year old girl champagne and part of a quaalude, ask if she’s on the pill, she says no, he turns her over and sodomizes her. The French love Polanski. This French guy, he made his “move without talking” — “déplacer sans parler”. Language barrier! The French would understand.

French massage — blow job
Swedish massage — hand job
Danish massage — you rub a pastry all over your body

He’s a horn dog, like Clinton. He just got caught.

Paul-Cincy on May 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

John Hinderaker at Power Line notes that Socialism ain’t what it used to be.

Actually this just reminds us that Socialism is exactly what it has always been: A fraud, where other people’s money is used to support the lavish lifestyles of the Socialist elite and their cronies.

Buy Danish on May 16, 2011 at 12:51 PM

It’s too bad he doesn’t make artsy movies. If so he’d have been declared innocent by the left by now.

Scrappy on May 16, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Give Strauss-Kahn diplomatic immunity, and every woman within a few miles of the UN building would be fair game for sex-crazed foreign “diplomats”.

Steve Z on May 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

They already are, along with young girls in third world countries where the UN has a presence.

Vashta.Nerada on May 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Ha! We call them “limosine liberals”; in France they are known as the “Caviar Left”. Don’t know what they call conspiracy theorists:

Critics of Strauss-Kahn were able to get a little more traction recently with the publication of photographs showing him being driven away from his apartment on the chic Place des Vosges in a four-door Porsche. The elite of the Socialist Party generally, and Strauss-Kahn particularly, is often called “la gauche caviar,” the caviar left, for opulent life-styles. And the press had a field day with Strauss-Kahn’s apparent choice of wheels. But as Le Monde reports this morning, even for such a minor thing as that, “the Strauss-Kahnians see in this press campaign the hand of President Sarkozy.”

Buy Danish on May 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

A French writer who claims Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her nine years ago is to file an official complaint, her lawyer has announced. This account from the Guardian.

Tristane Banon previously described the attack, which happened when she was in her early 20s, in a television programme in 2007, when she called Strauss-Kahn, whose name was bleeped out, a “rutting chimpanzee.”

She says she consulted a lawyer at the time, but was persuaded not to take action by her mother, a regional councillor in the Socialist party and friend of the Strauss-Kahn family. Banon is goddaughter to Strauss-Kahn’s second wife.

Her mother persuaded her not to pursue charges of sexual assault? I guess Socialist don’t support equality for women.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Her mother persuaded her not to pursue charges of sexual assault? I guess Socialist don’t support equality for women.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM

I guess Socialists, like Dems, expect their own to “take one for the team” rather than besmirch a scummy politician within their ranks.

Remember the stories the Goracle’s masseuse told about her friends telling her not to report her accusation?

teke184 on May 16, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Blame it on Viagra

esblowfeld on May 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I am a Christian against fornication and adultery.

He could talk to 3 people and have a hooker visit him. Don’t most Concierge services know who to talk to that can doo a referral?

Can’t he have an office visit to Amsterdam?

seven on May 16, 2011 at 12:46 PM

It’s not about sex, it’s about power, the power to force others to do your will.

He was very lucky that I wasn’t the maid. I would have done a Lorena Bobbitt, he would have never sexually assaulted anyone ever again.

Common Sense on May 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Isn’t this what Billy Clinton calls “giving the maid a tip”?

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2011 at 3:09 PM

These stories about these old horn dogs are too much. Kind of like the Gore story of the massuese in Portland. It is about power and that these old farts think just because the breathe everyone is at their disposal.
I hope they keep him as long as possible because he is just another Polanski/Clinton/Gore old pervert. If released they won’t see him again.

ORconservative on May 16, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Funny how the network news refers to hims as a french presidential candidate yet never mentions with which party.

agmartin on May 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM

If I were Sarkozy I wouldn’t be especially pleased. He was trailing Le Pen in opinion polls, and she will be a tougher opponent than some washed up socialist. Before this debacle it was feared that Le Pen might knock Sarkozy out in the first round, so he could scare some of her supporters by warning of a socialist victory. But if it comes down to Sarkozy and Le Pen in a runoff, the former socialist voters would have to split solidly in Sarkozy’s favor for him to win. What are the chances of that?

Seth Halpern on May 16, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Seth is obviously not familiar with French politics. The National Front party, founded by Marine Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie Le Pen, is perceived as racist by the vast majority of French voters, and never got more than 18% in a presidential election. In the first round of the 2002 election between 16 candidates, J.M. Le Pen narrowly won second place over Socialist Lionel Jospin with 17% of the vote, but in the runoff (always between the two top vote-getters in the first round), Jacques Chirac won with 82% of the vote, with lefty voters of all stripes voting for Chirac as the “lesser of two evils”.

Although there are many “splinter parties” in France, the runoff is almost always between one Socialist candidate and one non-National Front conservative, which is currently called the Union for a Popular Majority.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was considered the leading contender for the Socialist nomination before this incident, but his political career is probably over now, unless he can be exonerated IN COURT (not by diplomatic immunity), since most centrist French voters have a low tolerance for rapists. Sarkozy has nothing to fear from the National Front unless a Socialist knocks him into third place in the first round, which would disqualify him for the runoff. With the strongest Socialist now in disgrace, this definitely helps Sarkozy, while the Socialists seek a “clean” candidate who can campaign against Sarkozy on other issues.

Steve Z on May 16, 2011 at 3:40 PM

“Police acted stupidly” statement from the White House being drafted.

BKeyser on May 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Strauss-Kahn is a dyed in the wool socialist. He didn’t attack that girl she refused to “share the wealth” so Dominique did what all good socialists do…he dragged and forced and seized her assets.

jeannieology on May 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

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