Source: DSK accuser told friend, “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing.”

posted at 4:15 pm on July 2, 2011 by Allahpundit

I was tempted to lead with the Post’s bombshell about her supposedly doing a little, ahem, business on the side with some of the hotel’s guests — allegedly with the knowledge of her union(!) — but that leak came from a “source close to the defense investigation.” Could be a lie designed to drum up public pressure on the prosecution to drop the charges.

What’s the motive for this, though?

Twenty-eight hours after a housekeeper at the Sofitel New York said she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, she spoke by phone to a boyfriend in an immigration jail in Arizona.

Investigators with the Manhattan district attorney’s office learned the call had been recorded and had it translated from a “unique dialect of Fulani,” a language from the woman’s native country, Guinea, according to a well-placed law enforcement official.

When the conversation was translated — a job completed only this Wednesday — investigators were alarmed: “She says words to the effect of, ‘Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,’” the official said…

Little by little, her credibility as a witness crumbled — she had lied about her immigration, about being gang raped in Guinea, about her experiences in her homeland and about her finances, according to two law enforcement officials. She had been linked to people suspected of crimes. She changed her account of what she did immediately after the encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn. Sit-downs with prosecutors became tense, even angry. Initially composed, she later collapsed in tears and got down on the floor during questioning. She became unavailable to investigators from the district attorney’s office for days at a time.

Follow the link and read about her meeting with the DA’s office on Tuesday, when they reduced her own lawyer to speechlessness by disclosing the bank records they’d discovered proving that her income was way north of what she was earning at the Hotel Sofitel. I said yesterday that the earlier NYT story describing her phone call with the boyfriend after the incident with DSK didn’t prove much because it didn’t claim that she was the one talking about squeezing him for money. Today’s story does suggest that — with a law-enforcement source as the basis, no less. Says defense lawyer Jeralyn Merritt, “This case is toast.”

Read the Post story in full, too. The union categorically denies placing her at the Sofitel and tracking her tips, and her lawyer says hotel surveillance footage allegedly shows Strauss-Kahn looking “nervous” after the incident with “toothpaste smeared outside of his mouth.” The Daily Beast also follows up by debunking the curious coincidence by which the accuser reportedly asked to be assigned to DSK’s floor of the hotel before he checked in. Turns out she did that a month before the incident, after a colleague went on leave; it was a perfectly routine thing, and there’s no evidence that she ever cleaned a room at the Sofitel that Strauss-Kahn had stayed in before. All of which is to say, there are still a few elements of this case that contradict the “set up” theory. Anyone think they’re enough to get to “beyond a reasonable doubt” given what the accuser’s in for on the stand?

Merritt predicts that DSK will “walk free and be hailed in France as a victim of an unfair American justice system that relies on outrageous perp walks and the sensationalized saturation of public opinion by American media.” Undoubtedly true, but I wonder if that alone will be enough to restore his political viability. If only there were a celebrity French intellectual willing to go to bat for him in the media. Oh wait — here’s one now. Exit question: Will no one stand up for the honor of this, um, “rutting chimpanzee”?

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How can he be a victim of an unfair system? We took the allegations of the “victim” seriously, investigated the claims, and possibly found them to be without merit.

Is it their expectation that we should have never investigated her claims to begin with?

How is that justice?

It would be an unfair system if we pretended we didn’t know about that phone call and allowed him to be convicted.

crosspatch on July 2, 2011 at 4:20 PM

They’re both trash. Forget any trial or investigation just kick them both out of the country and be done with it.

lowandslow on July 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Will we get to learn the accuser’s name sometime soon and maybe see a picture of her? It seems weird that she should still get to remain anonymous even as the evidence of BS piles up.

Kensington on July 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM

At the very least she was scheming to shake him down and he solicited prostitution. Why are they both still here?

lowandslow on July 2, 2011 at 4:29 PM

…but that leak came from a “source close to the defense investigation.” Could be a lie designed to drum up public pressure on the prosecution to drop the charges.

Unfortunately, I see the phone call leak as one also emanating from DSK’s team. I am pretty sure being the ex-IMF head as well as a socialist can buy you some favors even among law enforcement officials.

The phone call was recorded 28 hours after she reported the assault. Does the damaging nature of the call indicate that it was a setup? I don’t think so. If it had been before the call, then the defense has something.

Personally, I see this massive leak of what is supposed to be an ongoing investigation as a coordinated effort to taint the jury pool should the case go to trial, intimidate the woman, and spring DSK.

But like a dog returning to its vomit, how soon do you think we will have another DSK rape incident should this case be dropped? I estimate within 6 months top.

TheRightMan on July 2, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Sorry “If it had been before the call” should read “if it had been before her report of the incident..”

TheRightMan on July 2, 2011 at 4:33 PM

If DSK was set-up and is truly innocent of rape, then we have to let him go. If the maid is a shady figure who happened to be raped-raped, then I hope there is some justice for her. Even idiots deserve justice if they’re the victims of a crime. As things stand now, this case is an absolute mess. The solution? Deport her, and prosecute him for being French. It’s the only win-win I can think of…

joejm65 on July 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM

The question remains….

Did he have forcible sodomy with her?

I was on a jury in a rape trial that involved the world of BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, and Masochism…check my spelling if you care).

She said he raped her because she used the “safe” word; he said she never said it. Now, in a typical rape case, you’d have evidence of violence, struggle, DNA swapping, etc….

All of those were present in this case, and that posed a bit of a problem…the whole weekend was at her invitation, which was in an email that said “Why don’t you come over and beat me up this weekend”. Which he did. Then she said it was rape.

We found him not guilty of rape. But the jury as a whole determinded they were both guilty of living of f**ked up lives and probably got what they both deserved (he got fired from his government job (GS-15), she will forever be known as the crazy fat woman who’ll say you raped her after the fun-filled weekend. But that charge wasn’t on the verdict form.

BobMbx on July 2, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Kensington on July 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Today’s Le Figaro DSK update reveals the vic name. I suspect that NYC’s unique history with that surname is directly proportional to the zeal with which the DA dropped the hammer on DSK.

Jorge Bonilla on July 2, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Today’s Le Figaro DSK update reveals the vic name. I suspect that NYC’s unique history with that surname is directly proportional to the zeal with which the DA dropped the hammer on DSK. Jorge Bonilla on July 2, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Her name is Fiorello Henry LaGuardia?!

Akzed on July 2, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I sure hope all the rabid people who previously attacked anyone who so much as questioned the idea that this man might be innocent are re evaluating their world view of rape, rape victims, and the victims of rape accuse. The time for any accusation at all to be automatically granted credibility under any circumstance outside of having multiple view camera recordings has been long past.

We no longer live in a society where enough of the population believes strongly enough in God to fear punishment after death from our sins. We no longer live in a society where infamy is effectively a bad thing, as often times it is a short cut path to riches and ironically some form of credibility. We no longer live in a society where people can be shamed, instead it is particularly those who most should be shamed that stand out and call attention to their depraved nature and society has just decided to turn its head instead of force these abominable humans to to seek recluse.

Yes, she sure sounded credible in the beginning. She has such a great story to tell. She was the downtrodden victim and he was the world renowned jet class elite. He treated her with indignity worthy of life in prison the story went. When in all likely hood, she seduced him in order to “get paid” what was “owed” her “entitled” self. All too many Americans are just a bunch of good for nothing entitled class sloths looking for a big payday on the hard work earnings of another.

astonerii on July 2, 2011 at 4:45 PM

They’re both trash. Forget any trial or investigation just kick them both out of the country and be done with it.

lowandslow on July 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM

This.

mizflame98 on July 2, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Would be a riot if the French decided to elect this person as leader of their country and we had to deal with him at that level in the future.

dragondrop on July 2, 2011 at 4:59 PM

dragondrop on July 2, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I would argue for that, except Obama would not be the President dealing with him mostly. Unless I am forced to help elect him cause Romney is the nominee.

astonerii on July 2, 2011 at 5:02 PM

His smirk is irritating, to say the least, asks for a punch.

He’ll be the next French president and at his innauguration there will be his wife, next to his mistresses.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2011 at 5:05 PM

allegedly with the knowledge of her union(!)

Really, really, looking for that union label!

Weight of Glory on July 2, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Can we still convict the guy of being French?

The Notorious G.O.P on July 2, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Obviously I would like a few more details. Am I mistaken or did DSK hastily try to leave this country leaving much of his luggage behind? If so, why?

It could be a shakedown but shakedowns usually start with threats first and screaming ‘rape’ only if the blackmail later fails. Perhaps this did occur. Also, just because the maid is an unsavory character doesn’t mean she wasn’t raped.

On the other hand we are talking about money and influence at a high international level-Heads of State -level pressure–when this level money and influence talks, everybody walks.

MaiDee on July 2, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Am I mistaken or did DSK hastily try to leave this country leaving much of his luggage behind? If so, why?

If this was a setup, she probably started screaming after the consensual sex, and he realized he was in trouble.

PattyJ on July 2, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I am really, really glad I haven’t written anything about this so far. The African news outlets are full of info about the accuser being involved in a drug ring in the US, and are now saying that the “boyfriend” she talked to in the Arizona prison is actually the husband she said was killed when she applied for asylum in the US.

It would be hilarious if the psycho-Slav Vladimir Putin turned out to have had a bead on this all along.

J.E. Dyer on July 2, 2011 at 5:21 PM

If in fact this is true the accuser is lying and has an extortion past, exactly why the hell did it take this long to connect the dots? Enjoying the hospitality at the gray bar hotel for a sour case of political correctness is sucky beyond the pale.

And since DNA evidence points to DSK having played hide the frankfurter with this woman, at a minimum, maybe even that much was more than a little stupid on steroids.

Seems like plenty of low rent brain activity to go around.

Speakup on July 2, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Patty J A very good point. What I’m interested in is if the maid has a habit of having sex with and consequently extorting money out of hotel guests. If so she has probably done this many times before. But if she has no pattern of doing this, why would she pick on DSK alone? It is unlikely he would give the maid his real name and influential position in society for obvious reasons. If she has never extorted money before, why now?

MaiDee on July 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Has HER refugee status been REMOVED? Has SHE been DEPORTED yet!?

Khun Joe on July 2, 2011 at 5:38 PM

It could be a shakedown but shakedowns usually start with threats first and screaming ‘rape’ only if the blackmail later fails. Perhaps this did occur. Also, just because the maid is an unsavory character doesn’t mean she wasn’t raped.

MaiDee on July 2, 2011 at 5:07 PM

If I was the head of the IMF and a maid in a $3000/night room screamed rape during a consensual romp, I don’t think my instinct would be to flee the country. It would be to call the hotel and apologize for inappropriate behavior, but ask that the sleezebag to be thrown out on the street.

pedestrian on July 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Neither side’s behavior makes any sense. There must be a missing ingredient. Did they take blood samples from the perp and the maid? A drug deal and usage would go towards explaining why neither side’s story makes sense.

pedestrian on July 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM

@J.E. Dyer: You and me both. I went looking and had only one snide remark, not about guilt or innocence. But I admit I thought he was dead guilty from the get-go.

The big question: Did he truly force her? Yeah, she’s total trash, but… and now we’ll never know, because there will be no trial.

Meryl Yourish on July 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Even socialists deserve not to be falsely accused.

This smelled from the start.

faraway on July 2, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Today’s Le Figaro DSK update reveals the vic name. I suspect that NYC’s unique history with that surname is directly proportional to the zeal with which the DA dropped the hammer on DSK.

Jorge Bonilla on July 2, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Is it…Mulva?

Kensington on July 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM

I was thinking how she entered this country be ause she was supposedly gangraped

I just envision lefty immigration officials coaching up the required answers to get these burdens here

Sonosam on July 2, 2011 at 7:47 PM

He ran because he knew he had a bad rep, and wasn’t on his home turf.

OldEnglish on July 2, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Well, if she truly was attacked she sabotaged her case by lying to investigators. If she made up the whole story and falsely accused him, she should be the one to face charges. The whole thing is strange and I doubt we’ll ever know what really happened. I think it’s clear he had sex with her so he’s guilty of being a cad,

scalleywag on July 2, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Just get both scumbags the hell out of here.

ORconservative on July 2, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Your forgetting her trump card, she is a devout Muslim. Muslims don’t lie. Ask anyone. (caution, you could be labeled a racist bigot for asking)

BL@KBIRD on July 2, 2011 at 8:45 PM

They’re both trash. Forget any trial or investigation just kick them both out of the country and be done with it.

lowandslow on July 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM

This.

mizflame98 on July 2, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Agreed.

NoLeftTurn on July 2, 2011 at 9:19 PM

After this whole bizarre set of events, maybe its time for the law enforcement agencies in the USA to abolish this disgusting charade that they put on which the media refers to a “perp walk”. If anyone remembers, the left wing nuts in this country were screaming for a perp walk for Karl Rove at the time of the Valerie Plame invesyigation, whether he was guilty of anything or not.

It a horrible, degrading practice that is performed by arrogant, power obsessed police and law enforcement personnel which implants the idea of guilt into a gullible public before any evidence has been presented into a courtroom.

This may be the one time that Barack Obama should legitimately apologize for the actions of the USA.

RUDYJ on July 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM

All too many Americans are just a bunch of good for nothing entitled class sloths looking for a big payday on the hard work earnings of another.

astonerii on July 2, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Hating wealthy people is the purview of the left. They live to sow hate for those who have more. It is a damn shame that so called conservatives have joined feminists and class warriors in this witch hunt.

We found him not guilty of rape. But the jury as a whole determinded they were both guilty of living of f**ked up lives and probably got what they both deserved (he got fired from his government job (GS-15), she will forever be known as the crazy fat woman who’ll say you raped her after the fun-filled weekend. But that charge wasn’t on the verdict form.

BobMbx on July 2, 2011 at 4:39 PM

So a man who did nothing wrong lost his job. How does it feel to be better than the rest of us?

After this whole bizarre set of events, maybe its time for the law enforcement agencies in the USA to abolish this disgusting charade that they put on which the media refers to a “perp walk”. If anyone remembers, the left wing nuts in this country were screaming for a perp walk for Karl Rove at the time of the Valerie Plame invesyigation, whether he was guilty of anything or not.

It a horrible, degrading practice that is performed by arrogant, power obsessed police and law enforcement personnel which implants the idea of guilt into a gullible public before any evidence has been presented into a courtroom.

This may be the one time that Barack Obama should legitimately apologize for the actions of the USA.

RUDYJ on July 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I completely agree. Those accused of crimes deserve to have their reputations protected as much as the victim.

Bill C on July 3, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Merritt predicts that DSK will “walk free and be hailed in France as a victim of an unfair American justice system that relies on outrageous perp walks and the sensationalized saturation of public opinion by American media.”

I might agree with them on perp walks. There’s no basis in the criminal code for them, their application is capricious, and they seem to exist mostly for the political advancement of those involved in prosecution and enforcement, and to predispose a jury to a view of guilty.

slickwillie2001 on July 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM

LOL Horny old French guy is the victim? Vive la difference.

JimP on July 3, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Your forgetting her trump card, she is a devout Muslim. Muslims don’t lie. Ask anyone. (caution, you could be labeled a racist bigot for asking)
BL@KBIRD on July 2, 2011 at 8:45 PM

She is a filthy muzzy whore that got a free ride based on lies, has a job but gets housing for free

the ideal democrat dependent

she was coached to say the multiple gangbangs were gangrapes and vroollah

she festers here

I’d say it’s time to take a closer look at who’s working on bringing these blights here

Sonosam on July 3, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Sonosam on July 3, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Yep, hopefully this will lead to an investigation of the sloppy process by which foreigners are claiming refugee status, and also an investigation of the connections between the greedy union and hotel prostitution. Sounds like organized crime to me.

slickwillie2001 on July 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM

It’s tough to separate the facts from the media summaries, because the latest collapse in the case is apparently due to the accuser’s “history of lying” …. Hardly a powerful counter, especially when we learn today of DSKs history of attempted rape. He’s a politician too, so “history of lying” is one of his qualifications. So … “illegal alien protstitute accuses well-known lothario of attempted rape” This is not the interesting part of the story. What is France’s involvement (since the new allegation is now emerging from there, due to a 2002 incident). It’s beginning to look like France does not want this guy back. Why?

virgo on July 4, 2011 at 12:58 PM