Strauss-Kahn allegedly told maid during attack, “Don’t you know who I am?”

posted at 8:03 pm on May 23, 2011 by Allahpundit

I’m resisting believing this not because it’s not plausible but because, given the allegations of prior misconduct now pouring forth, it’s almost too plausible. Assuming those allegations are true, his entire career appears to be an exercise in sexually exploiting the concept of lèse majesté. After reading about him for the past week, if you had to sum him up in one line, what line would it be?

Bingo:

The maid is deeply religious, investigators said, and immediately put her hands over her eyes so she wouldn’t see the naked Frenchman. He ran to her, began grabbing her breasts and pulling her down the hallway inside the luxury suite toward the bedroom.

The blood-stained white bed sheets were later taken into evidence by police…

“Please stop. I need my job, I can’t lose my job, don’t do this. I will lose my job. Please, please stop! Please stop!” she told Strauss-Kahn, according to law enforcement sources.

Strauss-Kahn allegedly responded: “No, baby. Don’t worry, you’re not going to lose your job. Please, baby, don’t worry,” Strauss-Kahn responded, according to investigators. “Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?”

That’s not the worst of it, either. Read the whole thing for details on the two concierges at whom he allegedly made passes and the possibility that he hid when the maid entered the room to clean it in order to surprise her. According to sources who spoke to the Daily Beast, the maid was so traumatized after the incident that she was nearly incoherent:

A cleaning supervisor for the floor found the maid shortly before 12:30 p.m, when she appeared traumatized as she stood near a closet outside the suite. The maid told authorities she had hid in a hallway until Strauss-Kahn left, and the supervisor emerged from a service elevator a few moments later for a routine floor check, the sources said…

The first supervisor reported the maid had nausea and was trembling. As soon as the supervisor ascertained an attack had occurred, she called one of her bosses in housecleaning, who responded to an in-house call and came to the floor, the sources said…

The security officer interrogated the maid, getting extensive details of what had happened in the suite. Throughout the questioning, the maid appeared traumatized, at one point going to a bathroom to try to vomit and several times spitting on the floor and walls of the suite, according to the sources.

The news tonight is that the maid’s shirt tested positive for Strauss-Kahn’s DNA. NBC New York says the DNA was found in “material” on the shirt, but Britain’s Daily Telegraph claims the material is exactly what you think it is. If so, then obviously there’s no “it never happened” defense available. The defense will be that it was consensual, in which case I’m super-curious to hear his lawyers’ tick-tock of how it all allegedly happened. Supposedly, this young, devoutly religious woman, whom Fox’s sources describe as “a model employee with a pristine work record who doesn’t drink or smoke and rushes home after work to take care of her children,” was simply overwhelmed with lust at the sight of this aging troll waddling towards her? And somehow blood ended up on the bed, and she was so shaken afterward that she tried to vomit — but it was all consensual in the moment? Gonna be an amazing trial.

I feel obliged to say that I’ve never been prouder of the NYPD or the Manhattan D.A. than I have this past week for pursuing this guy notwithstanding the don’t-you-know-who-I-am aspect of the case. Hopefully any American police force and prosecutor’s office would have done the same, but in NYC we don’t have to wonder. For your viewing pleasure, via the Daily Caller, here’s Bill Maher explaining how Strauss-Kahn’s ritzy lifestyle is proof that socialism is totally chill and nonthreatening or something.

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Don’t you know who I am?

I’m Rick Jaaaames, b!tch~!

ted c on May 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

“Cocaine’s a helluva drug”

ScottMcC on May 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Deport him back to France for a taste of sharia with the local home boys.

Bruno Strozek on May 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

lust at the sight of this aging troll waddling towards her

Double ick!

txag92 on May 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

But of course he did. What else would a psychotic, elitist narcissist Leftist say under the circumstances?

rrpjr on May 23, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Nausea–trembling–trying to vomit–spitting! The testimony of the supervisor and security agent shuts down any talk of consensual.

INC on May 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Ugggh. Feel sorry for the maid if all this becomes a media circus, as you know it will. Sick-making. I don’t know why they put him on suicide watch; it would be great if he’d just top himself now.

Fortunata on May 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Can Maher be tossed into Rikers too, just for kicks?

Bishop on May 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM

lèse majesté. droit du seigneur

I hope she has a good lawyer for the civil suit.

pedestrian on May 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Typical elitist eurotrash. His arrogance reminds me of someone else in power in this country.

chewmeister on May 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Looking at the column at the Daily Beast it seems the poor woman was in a state of shock. There was also a second supervisor who heard and saw her.

INC on May 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Can Maher be tossed into Rikers too, just for kicks?

Bishop on May 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM

He probably couldn’t get a date THERE either.

Seriously, this maid will be put through the ringer by idiots like, say Ben Stein, and the french fruits that will defend this pig.

HornetSting on May 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

“Gonna be an amazing trial.”

You really think so? I’m thinking one of two outcomes in this order of likelyhood:

1) A plea deal and, say, a ten year sentence, min, and maybe 15.
2) A short trial — I’ll put it at no more than a week, and a guilty verdict, on all but one measly count, in 4 hours.

Dusty on May 23, 2011 at 8:20 PM

That poor woman. How anyone on Earth could actually defend this man is beyond me.

Vera on May 23, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Frog march him again, just for the hell of it.

JammieWearingFool on May 23, 2011 at 8:23 PM

He’s what, 62 y.o.? A 25 year sentence is effectively a life sentence. Which he deserves.

rbj on May 23, 2011 at 8:23 PM

If that is her blood on the sheets, Kahn will sue the maid for attacking him with her HIV infected blood.

1) A plea deal and, say, a ten year sentence, min, and maybe 15.

Dusty on May 23, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Maybe Ben Stein can arrange a special prison wing for violent economists.

pedestrian on May 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Here’s to hoping that this puke gets sent to the Big House, and the first words any other inmate says to him are “Don’t you know who I am?” from the mouth of the BGF honcho as he slides the cell door closed behind him.

Bishop on May 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM

From the article:

“.

The maid finally escaped from her alleged attacker by pushing him into the sharp edge of an armoire in the hotel suite. Sources said the Frenchman has a gash on his back where he hit the armoire. ”

There goes any consensual defense.

Vera on May 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I think Meggie tried that line before

Southernblogger on May 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

That poor woman. How anyone on Earth could actually defend this man is beyond me.

Vera on May 23, 2011 at 8:22 PM

That is because you have not sat at the table of absolute power and seen how people will bend over backwards to $%^* themselves for your amusement. In other words, you have a soul.

rmel80 on May 23, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Maybe all Gore should share his “Chakra” line.

GarandFan on May 23, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Vera on May 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Thanks, I missed that. A history of backing into sharp objects is not something you want to bring to prison as a rapist.

pedestrian on May 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I haven’t been following this too closely but the press was hinting the Maid had HIV right? Anybody know?

TheBigOldDog on May 23, 2011 at 8:32 PM

He may want to check his roots to see if there is any Kennedy or Bouvier blood in there somewhere. That would be his get out of jail free card.

chewmeister on May 23, 2011 at 8:32 PM

This reminds me of a tale that I overheard a former student relate to her friend. The gal, not the sharpest knife in the drawer, had a summer job in food services at a local training camp for a champion team. One of the rookies, full of his own importance, was giving her a hard time and sneered in derision, “Don’t you know who I am?” She claimed to reply to his nervy claim to special treatment, “No, don’t you know who I am?”

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Don’t you know who I am?

Completely unfair, but I keep flashing back to a certain 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee….

nukemhill on May 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM

The military is run for profit?

As for Maher………who cares what that sniveling little SOB thinks.

GarandFan on May 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM

$3000 per night hotel room. That’s a lot of hookers and blow if he had just down classed a bit on the room.

Caper29 on May 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM

After reading this, all I can say is my heart goes out to the maid.

yogi41 on May 23, 2011 at 8:35 PM

“Don’t you know who I am?”

Lefties love that line…it’s how they pick up their ‘dates’.

AUINSC on May 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM

So, the blood was his? Yeah, maid!

Blake on May 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM

I like this one too:

http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/obnoxious.asp

pedestrian on May 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM

the press was hinting the Maid had HIV right?

From what I’ve read at other places, she was apparently subletting that unit, illegally.

Vera on May 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

I too am proud of the NYPD and the Manhattan DA. In some cities this wouldn’t have gone down this way. Bravo.

scalleywag on May 23, 2011 at 8:40 PM

From what I’ve read at other places, she was apparently subletting that unit, illegally.

Vera on May 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Thanks

TheBigOldDog on May 23, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Completely unfair, but I keep flashing back to a certain 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee….

nukemhill on May 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Or a 1992 Democratic Presidential nominee. . .

“Ice will help the swelling go down.”

rbj on May 23, 2011 at 8:43 PM

“Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?”

Politically dead?

John the Libertarian on May 23, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Those Snopes stories were funny, but the anecdote I shared was the real deal. Our local area is the site of an NFL summer training camp, and many of the newbies let their celebrity get the better of their judgment in wooing the ladies and demanding special treatment.

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Maher’s big applause line

“Or maybe all of America – who don’t understand that socialism doesn’t mean we’re going to come to your house and make you work on a collective farm. You know, in Europe, socialism is just another political party and it doesn’t mean that we’re against making a profit. It just means that government takes over certain things like hospitals and prisons, and the military, schools – and things that should not be run for profit.”

Government already runs most of these institutions already and hospitals are mostly run as non-profits anyway. But sure let the government takeover anything Maher and his ilk deem too important to run a profit just to be darn sure they don’t run at all.

DSK suffers from a massive entitlement mentality that afflicts the uber-enlightened crowd. Surely he was entitled to a little sexual pleasure from the maid – whether she wanted any parts of his plans to redistribute his sexual prowess is surely secondary. Listen up teabaggers there is a lesson in there somewhere.

msmveritas on May 23, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Why aren’t they reporting this as an attack on a Muslim woman? There would be calls for his death is media reported it as white on muslim rape.

lonestar1 on May 23, 2011 at 8:51 PM

She’s a black lady. No wonder Maher approves.

SouthernGent on May 23, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Don’t you know who I am?

Sounds like John Kerry.

Highwayman on May 23, 2011 at 9:12 PM

The free market doesn’t always work? As opposed to government, which is always fair and efficient, right honey?

Statists are so friggin’ ignorant, it’s scary.

AZCoyote on May 23, 2011 at 9:16 PM

here’s Bill Maher explaining how Strauss-Kahn’s ritzy lifestyle is proof that socialism is totally chill and nonthreatening or something.

I’m really starting to wonder when the last time Maher got some.

AUINSC on May 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I read this post at Ace’s like 3 hours ago.

:)

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 23, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Whether she is Muslim, black, etc. is of no consequence. He belongs in prison for the rest of his life.

bw222 on May 23, 2011 at 9:22 PM

I hope she has a good lawyer for the civil suit.

pedestrian on May 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I imagine there are a least fifty waiting in line. She can have her pick of the litter. Don’t they get 30% of the take on contingency? She can buy her own hotel when it’s over….and so can her lawyer.

a capella on May 23, 2011 at 9:31 PM

“Don’t you know who I am?”

How did John Forbes Kerry get into this?

The world is not a neat place with good guys and bad guys. Sometimes there are the bad and the worse.

MSK has a history as a bad abusive guy. He may just be guilty as Sin, the easy answer could be correct. He may also be not guilty. He may have been entrapped or framed or some other complicated explanation may be true. For example he may have been targeted because of his prior conduct and his political associations and he may still be guilty of the crime he is charged with.

The maid may not be the simple religious saint heroic single mother we were first told about. She may be a terrible person and mixed up with bad people. That would not justify rape. MSK is probably guilty of many forms of abuse and should have been flagged in a security review as susceptible to blackmail but that does make him guilty of this crime. The questions are, whether he is being framed and how reliable is the evidence of the two principles involved?

There are five possible answers. The terms Guilt and Innocence are used in reference to their characters except when I consider that the accused may be guilty of the assault in question. Here they are in ascending probability.
1. Innocent Frenchman framed using innocent maid. Least likely.
2. Innocent Frenchman framed using guilty maid. Very Unlikely.
3. Guilty Frenchman framed using guilty maid. Unlikely.
4. Guilty Frenchman caught having assaulted innocent maid. Possible.
5. Guilty Frenchman caught having assaulted guilty maid. Probable.

#1 demands an Oliver Stone level of conspiracy by outside forces. #s & #3 are scarcely better except that the maid would have been a knowing participant or selected for the role due to shady associations. Note that even in situations #4 & #5 the encounter may have been arranged to target MSK in order to remove him from the IMF or from the French Presidential campaign or even because of his stated support for Israel.

It was his responsibility to conduct himself with sufficient discretion so as to frustrate any such conspiracy. If he walked into it and gave his enemies ammunition then that was his fault. If he had given his enemies the ammunition in prior episodes but was not guilty this time then it is his job to make that, very hard to prove, case.

A wise man would conduct his affairs with care, and maintain cordial open and supportive relations with the staff and security services wherever he goes, so as to provide an extra layer of protection in case something goes wrong. It appears that he failed to do so.

Compare this case to that of Bill Clinton. The counter argument to the “just about sex” claim was always that sexual misconduct is properly consider in determining the fitness for office of anyone in a position of trust, such as a nonelective one that requires a security clearance, because of the possibility of being blackmailed or framed. Clinton due to his selfish misconduct seriously imperiled the operation of the government. That was his responsibility and not his accusers. To his credit he did differ from MSK in putting some effort into maintaining civil relations with subordinates whose opinions could prove important. In that Bill Clinton differs from his spouse, who is surrounded by people waiting for the day she falls.

LifeofTheMind on May 23, 2011 at 9:36 PM

At this point he is only an alleged rapist… like Bill Clinton.

Mojave Mark on May 23, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Maher’s such an idiot.

Doesn’t he realize Castro and Gaddafi are billionaires, and Kim Jong Il lives like a king while his people starve? DSK’s behavior is the socialist norm.

TallDave on May 23, 2011 at 10:58 PM

A new fairy tail

The Frog and the Maid

The Maid kisses the Frog and he turns into a convict.

MaiDee on May 23, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Yes the tail was deliberate.

MaiDee on May 23, 2011 at 11:13 PM

If this sociopathic creep is on any kind of meds, I predict he will try to blame them for his behavior and will launch suits against the pharmaceutical companies for making the drugs, and his physicians for prescribing them. Heck he could blame the entire government of France since they have socialized medicine and he could claim to be a victim.

Buy Danish on May 23, 2011 at 11:27 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RvNS7JfcMM

Del Dolemonte on May 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Compare this case to that of Bill Clinton. The counter argument to the “just about sex” claim was always that sexual misconduct is properly consider in determining the fitness for office of anyone in a position of trust, such as a nonelective one that requires a security clearance, because of the possibility of being blackmailed or framed. Clinton due to his selfish misconduct seriously imperiled the operation of the government. That was his responsibility and not his accusers. To his credit he did differ from MSK in putting some effort into maintaining civil relations with subordinates whose opinions could prove important. In that Bill Clinton differs from his spouse, who is surrounded by people waiting for the day she falls.

LifeofTheMind on May 23, 2011 at 9:36 PM

If you do a little research, you will find that Clinton’s Justice Department successfully prosecuted a female Federal employee (Veterans Administration) for lying under oath about sex. He was above the law, she wasn’t.

Barbara Battalino was her name. Have fun!

Del Dolemonte on May 23, 2011 at 11:49 PM

This is just another case of the creepy rich man sense of entitlement. I hope she and her lawyer take him to the cleaners.

My daughter is a ballet student and at the Nutcracker performances, they had some of the older students where Nutcracker costumes to take pictures with little girls who came to see the ballet and to collect donations. It was disgusting to see the number of old rich men who wanted their pictures taken too, just so that they could flirt with and touch the students. We’re talking high school students here. Dirty. Old. Men.

That guy is lucky it wasn’t me. Lets just say that he wouldn’t have the parts necessary to attack another woman ever again.

Common Sense on May 24, 2011 at 1:13 AM

I feel obliged to say that I’ve never been prouder of the NYPD or the Manhattan D.A.

Agree. Should also add Sofitel management to that attaboy. They did not hesitate to do the right thing.

Dingbat63 on May 24, 2011 at 2:29 AM

A year from now in Rikers.

Here’s your new home 23186

Big Jim: Hi, nice to meet you. I heard you like bloody sheets and shirts with DNA. Will I’ll make you feel right at home.

DKS:But I am eenozeeent!

Big Jim: Your accent turns me on, welcome to justice.

Gedge on May 24, 2011 at 5:40 AM

Strauss-Kahn allegedly told maid during attack, “Don’t you know who I am?”

Gee, and all this time, I thought John Kerry had sole rights to using that expression, especially when he was cutting in line in front of someone.

pilamaye on May 24, 2011 at 5:51 AM

A lot of entitlement among Marxist, leftist trash, isn’t there?

MNHawk on May 24, 2011 at 6:45 AM

If Im not mistaken, John Fitzgerald Kerry said the exact same words when he was stopped by airport screeners. What pompous jerks…socialism suks.

malkinmania on May 24, 2011 at 7:03 AM

A new fairy tail

The Frog and the Maid

The Maid kisses the Frog and he turns into a convict.

MaiDee on May 23, 2011 at 11:12 PM

A new fairy tale

The Frog and the Maid

The Frog slimed the Maid. The Maid had NYPD squash the loathsome Frog.

FIFY

kooly on May 24, 2011 at 7:40 AM

“Do you know who I am?”

Uh, no. Up until the rape charges 90% of the nation had no idea who he was. That is really a pretty common line used by narcissists. I hate to use that word because I seem to be using it all the time now with BO in office.

Second, Bill Maher has a “diverse” panel. There is him and 3 other liberals. And then they complain about Hannity.

jeffn21 on May 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Ditto on the “droit du seignor”. Lese majeste is almost but of course not quite the opposite of what was intended.

TrinaLC on May 24, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Gonna be an amazing trial.

Trial? What trial?

Last I heard, the judge ordered that Kahn could flee to a Third-World Socialist country with no extradition treaties.

He can keep doing everything he’s doing by teleconference, while he rapes women with the full support of the government. Oh, and guess what? American taxpayers will still be paying for it!

logis on May 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

We know who he is now, don’t we! Just another wealthy lecherous old man who preys on unsuspecting young women, apparently. Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but with so many women coming forward about his unwanted advances it’s a shame they didn’t come forward a long time ago that this woman might not have had to live through this nightmare.

scalleywag on May 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Strauss-Kahn allegedly told maid during attack, “Don’t you know who I am?”

Gee, and all this time, I thought John Kerry had sole rights to using that expression, especially when he was cutting in line in front of someone.

pilamaye on May 24, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Isn’t that the same thing Al Gore said while he was spewing his “chackra” all over a servant?

Collectivist icons go to their seminars, give speeches about how America is ruining the world, and then get showered with adulation. They see themselves as a cross between rock stars and God.

When you think about it, liberal rage is perfectly understandable. Inside their own minds, all the “little people” owe them their very lives. The infinitely munificent overlords demand the tiniest favor in return for all they’ve given their flock, and look at the thanks they get!

logis on May 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Strauss-Kahn responded, according to investigators. “Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?”

Pain grille’ = French toast.

Strauss-Kahn may be famous and powerful in France, but not in New York or whatever country the maid immigrated from. If a Federal Reserve banker tried to rape a woman in Nigeria, would she know who he was? Probably not…

This is typical narcissist behavior among some rich and powerful people. Because he could get away with rape in France, Strauss-Kahn thought he was invincible and could get away with it anywhere.

According to the linked Fox News report, Strauss-Kahn tried to invite two other women to his room, and had only rented the room for one night alone, and had no IMF business to conduct (if he did, why would he be naked at noontime?). What did he plan to do at that hotel, other than have a one-night stand?

Throw the book at him, lock him up for 25 years.

Steve Z on May 24, 2011 at 10:24 AM

I am not letting SofiTel off that easily.

Let’s see, first a Supervisor, then the Supervisor’s boss, then the Security Guard, BEFORE they called 911. If she had been shot instead of raped they wouldn’t have been asking, “Are you sure that is a bullet hole?”

The Supervisor should have called 911 FIRST!
If you find someone “TRAUMATIZED” get medical help.

barnone on May 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Last I heard, the judge ordered that Kahn could flee to a Third-World Socialist country with no extradition treaties.
logis on May 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

France has no extradition treaty with the US. Google Roman Polanski.

This clown only needs to make it to a private airport and he is gone forever. And if I were 62 and facing 25 years in the slammer, I would do the same thing.

barnone on May 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Last I heard, the judge ordered that Kahn could flee to a Third-World Socialist country with no extradition treaties.
logis on May 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

France has no extradition treaty with the US.
barnone on May 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Yeah. That’s what I said.

logis on May 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM

“Don’t you know who I am?”

Ah, he wanted it to be ‘acquaintance rape’ instead of ‘rape-rape.’

James on May 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM

In his attempt to get bail, Kahn agreed on paper to be subject to US arrest in France or any other jurisdiction. Not sure how binding it is.

“In the event I fail to voluntarily appear in the New York court for any such proceedings, I waive the issuance and service of the warrant provided by law for my extradition from the Republic of France or any other jurisdiction,” Strauss-Kahn said in an affidavit filed in court.

SarahW on May 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I know he surrendered his passport, too, but he might still have his diplomatic travel papers.

SarahW on May 24, 2011 at 1:34 PM

The Examiner had a report suggesting his supporters are trying to bribe her (7 figures!) not to testify.

{O.O}

herself on May 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM