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Strauss-Kahn hotel sex assault
By David at 05/15/2011 - 06:20

According to AP, the leader of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France was pulled from an airplane moments before he was to fly to Paris and was being questioned Saturday by police in connection with the violent sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.

On May 14, 2011, Strauss-Kahn was removed from an Air France flight moments before taking off. He was arrested at JFK airport in New York on Saturday afternoon and was accused of a sex attack on a Times Square hotel maid. New York Police Department spokesman Brian Sessa said alleged incident took place at a Manhattan hotel, and Strauss- Kahn would likely be charged today after being held overnight at a police precinct. This was part of an investigation of an alleged sexual assault on a hotel maid in his room shortly before leaving for the airport. Whether the arrest, coupled with his past sexual improprieties, will have any impact on his legitimacy with French voters and role in the Socialist Party is not known. In the past Strauss-Kahn was involved in a scandal at the IMF over his affair with a subordinate economist. A police spokesmen has said he will be charged with "a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment". His lawyer says he will plead not guilty.   A 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Strauss-Kahn's suite at the luxury Sofitel hotel not far from Manhattan's Times Square at about 1 p.m. Eastern time (1600 GMT) Saturday and he attacked her, Browne said. She said she had been told to clean the spacious $3000-a-night-suite suite, which she had been told was empty.
According to an account the woman provided to police, Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom naked, chased her down a hallway and pulled her into a bedroom, where he began to sexually assault her. She said she fought him off, then he dragged her into the bathroom, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear. The woman was able to break free again and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was born on 25 April 1949 in the wealthy Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine. He spent part of his childhood in Agadir, Morocco, which he left after the 1960 earthquake to go to Monaco. His family is of mixed Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish origin. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is married to the American-born French journalist Anne Sinclair. He attended high school at the Lycée Carnot. He graduated from HEC Paris in 1971 and from Sciences-Po in 1972. He sat and failed the entrance examination for l'Ecole nationale d'administration, but obtained a degree in public law, as well as a Ph.D and an agrégation (1977) in economics at the Université Paris X. Strauss-Kahn was briefly investigated in 2008 over whether he had an improper relationship with a subordinate female employee. The IMF board found his actions "regrettable" and said they "reflected a serious error of judgment."


by David on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 05:43

It is hard to believe that prostitutes travelled to New York from France late last year and in May for sex sessions with the former International Monetary Fund chief. The article here claims:

"According to certain sources, prostitutes allegedly flew to New York 'late 2010', and even 'May 2011'," according to France Soir newspaper.

Detectives said they had no intention of quizzing him "in the near future" as his name was "clearly secondary" in the case. Prostitution is legal in France, but those offering sex must be over 18.

David Roquet, a local businessman, was on Tuesday claimed by Le Figaro to have told detectives he had met prostitutes with Mr Strauss-Kahn at a luxury hotel in Paris in late 2010. Mr Roquet was arrested last week and placed under investigation for "aggravated pimping". Mr Roquet denies the charge of providing women for sex.

One prostitute has also allegedly told police that she was paid £500 to attend an orgy with a "prominent political figure" in Paris in the spring of 2010.

France Soir claimed the politician in question was Mr Strauss-Kahn.

by David on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 14:48

According to Reuters, the French public prosecutor's office will not pursue a French writer's complaint of attempted rape against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn due to lack of evidence, it said on Thursday.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement that evidence existed suggesting sexual assault but that pursuit on these grounds was not possible under the statute of limitations. The incident at the center of the complaint dates back to 2003.

by David on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 16:35

According to AP, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has arrived at a French police station to confront a writer who accuses him of attempted rape. The Paris prosecutor's office is investigating Tristane Banon's attempted rape claims. Investigators are staging a face-to-face meeting between the two on Thursday, a method sometimes used in France to help officials decide if a case is worth pursuing.

This method is interesting, this kind of confrontation may not happen in US. Does it happen elsewhere in orhter part of the world?

by David on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 04:54

According to AP, attorneys for Dominique Strauss-Kahn filed a motion in a Bronx court, arguing judges there do not have the ability to try the case because Strauss-Kahn's time as head of the fund gives him immunity from the litigation. Diallo’s attorney, Kenneth Thompson, said Monday the diplomatic immunity claim would fail because he is not an official diplomat and was on "personal" business when the incident occurred.
There is a lower burden of proof in civil cases, and it is possible that Strauss-Kahn would have to testify if it went to trial. The documents filed Wednesday argue that Strauss-Kahn should be immune under international law even though he had already resigned his post as head of the IMF when the lawsuit was filed. His immunity stood until he left the country, shortly after his case was dismissed, his lawyers argued. Strauss-Kahn's travel documents are stamped "DIPLOMATIC" in bright red lettering, and signed by the secretary-general of the United Nations. The documents recite in six languages that the bearer is entitled to international immunities, according to the court documents.

by David on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 20:15

The interview came off as somewhat scripted, with Strauss-Kahn - in a dark suit and navy tie - looking unruffled and responding calmly to the questions. DSK told France’s TF1 television channel on Sunday night that:

  • a French writer's claims that he tried to rape her during a 2003 interview as "imaginary" and insisted there was "no act of aggression, no violence." Writer Tristane Banon has charged Strauss-Kahn tussled on the floor during an interview in an empty apartment, with the politician trying to open her jeans and bra and putting his fingers in her mouth and underwear.
  • Strauss-Kahn called his sexual encounter with the maid a "moral failing." He said there was no "violence, constraint or aggression" involved. He added that he regrets the incident "infinitely." Still, he maintained the encounter with the maid was consensual, and that she "lied" in accusing him of attacking her after she came into his room at New York's Sofitel hotel to clean.

by David on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 06:37

According to guardian
DSK has been interviewed by French police investigating a second attempted rape allegation.DSK was questioned on Monday morning by officers carrying out a preliminary inquiry into allegations he attacked the novelist and journalist Tristane Banon when she went to interview him in 2003.

In a statement, Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said he had asked to be interviewed by police as a "witness" in the Banon case. Banon, now 32, claims Strauss-Kahn, 62, leapt on her and behaved like a "rutting chimpanzee", accusations his lawyers describe as "fantasy". Strauss-Kahn was quizzed by police just over a week after he arrived back in France from New York. The prosecutor's office has until next month to decide whether to formally put Strauss-Kahn under investigation.

by David on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 21:05

some comments from French Connection of Linkedin about this:

By Narrima CC:

   It would be a good idea to read the French newspapers and discover that it is DSK who volunteered to speak to the police and , btw, it would also be interesting to find out why and how , from a French legal p.o.v, being a witness may or may not impact that case, if case it is or going to be.


By Muttaquee H.

in french language "temoignage" is also used for the answers given in interrogatory session. Many people thinks ( like the journal "guardian") that it means only witness. There is nuance in this word which Guardian has either not understood or playing with the words

by David on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 00:35

bye bye USA.

According to the telegraph, DSK has left US altogehter:

"Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared to have left the US altogether, as removal trucks parked outside his mansion in Washington, DC, were loaded with boxes of belongings. The former head of the International Monetary Fund, arrived back in France over the weekend after leaving New York City following the dismissal of sexual assault charges against him. The 62-year-old appears to have no intention of returning to the house in Washington's upmarket Georgetown neighbourhood, where he lived with his wife, Anne Sinclair, a multi-millionaire heiress. "

Obviously, the question is: is his legal trouble over yet? If he does not live in US, can he still be sued?


by David on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 01:34

Today, Strauss-Kahn, looking resolute, declared "not guilty" in a strong voice in a routine legal proceeding that lasted less than 10 minutes as wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, watched. He said nothing else, save for "yes" when acknowledging he received a standard warning that he could be tried in absentia if he failed to appear.

by David on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 18:54

According to the telegraph, Michelle Conti, a porn star is defending Strauss-Kahn. She claimed that he had sexual relations with her and a second woman and that he came to the unnamed nightclub three or four times.

She watched him approach several other women at the club but said he was rebuffed. "He was very kind, educated, he didn't behave like a drooling dog as can often happen (with other men). He treated us with kindness, he cuddled me. I know men, and he was not the violent type."

She thought the former IMF chief had no need to rape a woman because he could afford to pay for escorts like her. "He's just a playboy, that's all".

by David on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 01:22

There are certainly different standard here. In Frence you may go to the night club and have sex, but in US you can not even send sex photo. According to AP, the married Weiner acknowledged that he had engaged in inappropriate contact with six women over the course of three years through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook and occasionally over the phone. He said he had never met or had a physical relationship with any of the women and was not even sure of their ages. He also said he had never had sex outside of his marriage.

Weiner said he used his home computer and personal Blackberry, not government computers, in his exchanges with the women. But that may not protect him from House rules that say a member "shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House."

The picture showing Weiner shirtless was reminiscent of a photo of former Rep. Chris Lee, a New York Republican who abruptly resigned from office earlier this year after a shirtless photo he sent a woman on Craigslist became public. A Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was sworn in to replace Lee last week after winning a special election May 24.

Why do so many politicians do stupid things?

by David on Thu, 05/19/2011 - 05:08

"It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today to present to the executive board my resignation from my post of managing director of the IMF,"


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