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  • Flashy NYC lawyer now focus of rape investigation (Bonfire of the Vanities 2014 )

    10/11/2014 10:37:22 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    AP via Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/11/2014 | JENNIFER PELTZ
    He's been a loud, inescapable and expensive adversary of the New York Police Department for years: the publicity-loving lawyer who got huge settlements, and headlines, in some of the city's most notorious brutality cases. Now Sanford Rubenstein is getting unwelcome attention as a potential rape suspect. --snip-- A member of Sharpton's National Action Network has accused the 70-year-old attorney of sexually assaulting her at his luxury apartment after Sharpton's 60th birthday party
  • AP source: Strauss-Kahn, NY hotel maid to settle

    11/30/2012 9:36:01 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 30, 2012 | JENNIFER PELTZ | Associated Press
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — Word of a settlement agreement between former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her could bring an end to a saga that has tarnished Strauss-Kahn's reputation, ended his hopes for the French presidency and renewed a debate about the credibility of sexual assault accusers.</p>
  • Strauss-Kahn arrested by French police investigating alleged prostitution ring

    02/21/2012 10:52:54 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 21, 2012 | Kim Willsher
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, has been formally placed under arrest by French police investigating an alleged prostitution ring. The 62-year-old socialist politician turned himself in at 8.55am on Tuesday in the northern French city of Lille and is being held for questioning over allegations that he aided the procurement of prostitutes and benefited from fraud. Detectives want to ascertain whether Strauss-Kahn, a former French presidential hopeful, knew that the women he had sex with at orgies in Paris and Washington were prostitutes and if he was aware how they were paid. It is alleged...
  • France: Hotel staff 'celebrated' after Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest

    11/25/2011 7:30:34 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11/26/11 | Henry Samuel
    Hotel staff 'celebrated' after Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest Claims that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the victim of a conspiracy were reignited last night, after extraordinary new allegations were made about his sexual encounter with a New York chambermaid. By Henry Samuel, Paris 12:25AM GMT 26 Nov 2011 Staff at the hotel where the ex-International Monetary Fund chief allegedly assaulted the maid were filmed high-fiving and doing a “dance of celebration” after the incident in May, a new article claims. Mr Strauss-Kahn also believed his mobile phone had been hacked after being told one of his private emails was seen in the headquarters...
  • Paris prosecutors drop Strauss-Kahn sex assault probe

    10/13/2011 8:38:25 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 5 replies
    France 24 via AP ^ | October 13th 2011 | AP Staff
    <p>AP - The Paris prosecutor’s office has dropped an investigation into a French writer’s claim that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her for lack of sufficient proof.</p> <p>The prosecutor’s office said Thursday that Strauss-Kahn admitted to sexual aggression against writer Tristane Banon but that it is too late to prosecute for that charge, because the incident in question happened in 2003.</p>
  • Judge rejects special prosecutor for Strauss-Kahn

    08/23/2011 10:13:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/23/11 | Joseph Ax
    Judge rejects special prosecutor for Strauss-Kahn By Joseph Ax | Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge dropped all criminal sexual assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday, leaving him free to return to France and rebuild a shattered career. The decision ended a case that brought three months of sordid headlines on both sides of the Atlantic about a hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in his luxury Manhattan hotel suite and forced her to perform oral sex. Prosecutors took the rare step of requesting dismissal of the charges after...
  • DSK hotel maid 'dropped to floor and rolled around weeping after rape lies were exposed'

    08/23/2011 6:20:07 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 10 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2028684/Dominique-Strauss-Kahn-scandal-Prosecutors-drop-maid | 23rd August 2011
    Accuser Diallo 'dropped to the floor and rolled around while weeping' *Admitted she lied because she 'wasn't under oath' *DSK likely to be freed today to return to France and could still run for country's presidency *Dismissal on Recommendation to reveal hotel maid's lies *Accuser's legal team files motion to remove DA from case *Ex-IMF boss will appear in court today at 11:30am The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape rolled around on the floor hysterically crying when confronted about a web of lies she is said to have told to have him arrested. As the Manhattan district...
  • All charges against Dominique Strauss Kahn set to be dropped

    08/21/2011 3:56:43 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:02 PM on 21st August 2011 | By Hannah Roberts
    Prosecutors are reportedly set to ask a judge to abandon the case against Dominique Strauss Kahn. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is preparing to ask that all charges against the former head of the IMF accused of attempting to rape hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo are dropped Tuesday. Such requests from the DA 'are never denied', an expert told the New York Post meaning Strauss-Kahn could finally return to his home country after being forced to remian in the U.S for months.
  • Lawyers for maid in Strauss Kahn scandal expect charges to be dropped as case collapses

    08/21/2011 12:00:29 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:03 AM on 21st August 2011 | By Hannah Roberts
    The prosecutors in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal will meet the hotel maid accusing the former IMF chief of sexual assault on Monday, in a sign the case may be headed for dismissal. Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, said the Manhattan district attorney's office requested in a letter that Diallo meet with them at 3 p.m. The letter also said that, if she failed to appear, prosecutors would assume she was not interested in discussing the case, Wigdor said. 'This is just another piece of evidence demonstrating what may be the ultimate outcome of this case,' Wigdor...
  • Air France 'let only males serve Strauss-Kahn'

    08/04/2011 8:35:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | 08/04/11
    Air France 'let only males serve Strauss-Kahn' (AFP) – 15 hours ago PARIS — Air France issued orders for only male staff to serve Dominique Strauss-Kahn when the former IMF boss -- accused of attempted rape in New York -- travelled on its planes, a report said Thursday. Le Parisien newspaper also said that lawyers of Strauss-Kahn's accuser were calling for testimony from Air France female stewards who allegedly suffered inappropriate behaviour by him. A spokesman for the airline however responded to the report by saying that "Air France formally denies having given any instruction about the composition of its...
  • Beyond Strauss-Kahn, to the IMF and Iran

    07/06/2011 12:31:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 5, 2011 | Claudia Rosett
    When it comes to selling copy, it’s a good bet that sex trumps multilateral finance. That’s an axiom of human nature. It would be asking too much to expect that the media, or its customers, would be as fascinated by the in-house diplomacy of the International Monetary Fund as all concerned have been by the scandal surrounding the recently handcuffed and dethroned IMF managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Most eyes are now on the prosecutor’s cratering case, the curious past of the maid who alleged the sexual assault, and the media now analyzing its own coverage of these sordid events. But...
  • NYT OpEd: Before You Judge (Strauss-Kahn's accuser), Stand in Her Shoes

    07/06/2011 6:04:39 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 46 replies
    NYT ^ | 5 July | McGovern
    Revalations about the hotel housekeeper who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault suggest that she embellished claims of abuse to receive asylum, fudged her tax returns, had ties to people with criminal backgrounds, had unexplained deposits in her bank account and changed the account of the encounter she gave investigators. Yet those who would rush to judge her should consider the context. Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s accuser is from Guinea, also the home country of Amadou Diallo, the street peddler who was shot to death in the doorway of his Bronx apartment building by four New York City police officers in 1999....
  • French Writer Tristane Banon Accuses Dominique Strauss-Kahn of Attempted Rape

    07/04/2011 9:42:05 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 25 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3:00PM BST 04 Jul 2011 | The Telegraph
    The lawyer of French novelist Tristane Banon says she will file a lawsuit accusing former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape. Tristane Banon's lawyer David Koubbi said the lawsuit will be filed in Paris on Tuesday. He said the complaint will relate to an incident that took place when Banon went to interview Strauss-Kahn in an apartment in Paris. Banon was 22 at the time. She has already publicly discussed the incident, saying Strauss-Kahn acted like a "chimpanzee on heat". Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York in May on charges that he tried to sexually assault a...
  • Meet Nafissatou Diallo, maid assaulted by IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    07/03/2011 9:42:10 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 43 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/03/11 | Staff
    A photo of the young woman at the link. http://www.newyorkdaily247.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=103:nigeria-elections-2011&tmpl=component&print=1 Hope this works. I am posting under unusual circumstances.
  • Indignation, Anger and Confusion in France Over Strauss-Kahn Case

    07/03/2011 2:26:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 07/03/11 | DAN BILEFSKY
    July 3, 2011, 3:08 pm Indignation, Anger and Confusion in France Over Strauss-Kahn Case By DAN BILEFSKY Days after the revelation that the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn was on the verge of collapse, France reacted with a mix of Gallic indignation at the American justice system, fevered speculation about his political rehabilitation and visceral anger by some feminists that the former head of the International Monetary Fund was now being cast as a victim. The almost overnight transformation of D.S.K. — as Dominique Strauss-Kahn is widely known in France — from alleged sexual predator to seeming victim of an unscrupulous...
  • Maid Cleaning Up as "Hooker": *Big tips for extra "turndown service"*

    07/03/2011 12:13:56 PM PDT · by sinanju · 55 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 2, 2011 | Laura Italiano
    "...Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser wasn't just a girl working at a hotel -- she was a working girl. The Sofitel housekeeper who claims the former IMF boss sexually assaulted her in his room was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests, The Post has learned. "There is information . . . of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it's not for bringing extra f--king towels," a source close to the defense investigation said yesterday. The woman was allegedly purposely assigned to the Midtown hotel by her union because it...
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn 'refused to pay' hooker maid for sex

    07/03/2011 12:27:26 PM PDT · by sinanju · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 3, 2011 | Brad Hamilton and Cathy Burke
    "...She had dollar signs in her eyes. Before she ever walked into Dominique Strauss-Kahn's dazzling suite at the Sofitel, his accuser was well aware of his VIP status -- and planning to get her hands in his deep pockets, sources told The Post. "She figured he's a rich dude, and she would get paid," said a source close to the defense investigation. "She was told by the crew she ran with that this was a gold mine." The maid, who routinely traded sex for money with male guests, parked her cleaning cart outside Suite 2806 on the morning of May...
  • Maid 'laid' low as DA paid for digs (kept working as a hooker even under DA supervision)

    07/03/2011 5:01:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | 07/03/11 | BRAD HAMILTON and LARRY CELONA
    Maid 'laid' low as DA paid for digs By BRAD HAMILTON and LARRY CELONA Last Updated: 7:16 AM, July 3, 2011 Posted: 1:06 AM, July 3, 2011 She was turning tricks on the taxpayers' dime! The Sofitel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a sex attack in his suite wasn't just a hotel hooker -- she continued to work as a prostitute in a Brooklyn hotel where she was stashed by prosecutors, The Post has learned. The so-called victim, whose web of lies has crippled the Manhattan DA's case against the former International Monetary Fund boss, played host to a...
  • DSK sex scandal setup linked to Obama

    07/02/2011 8:15:05 PM PDT · by jacknhoo · 58 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | July 02, 2011 | Michael Shoesmith
    Why would he do that? This is the question many people asked of the rape accusation leveled against Dominique Strauss-Kahn; recently humiliated and removed head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The biggest reason for asking the question was a total lack of logic behind raping a hotel maid while being such a public figure in charge of such a public institution and at the same time under consideration for a nomination to be president of France! It simply did not add up. Kahn, known for his public fancy for women, was widely considered a womanizer by many published reports....
  • Maid cleaning up as 'hooker' - Big tips for extra 'turndown service' - Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    07/02/2011 3:51:35 AM PDT · by dennisw · 83 replies
    nypost ^ | July 2, 2011 | By LAURA ITALIANO
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser wasn't just a girl working at a hotel -- she was a working girl. The Sofitel housekeeper who claims the former IMF boss sexually assaulted her in his room was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests, The Post has learned. "There is information . . . of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it's not for bringing extra f--king towels," a source close to the defense investigation said yesterday. The woman was allegedly purposely assigned to the Midtown hotel by her union because it...
  • Strauss-Kahn Accuser’s Call Alarmed Prosecutors

    07/01/2011 8:40:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | July 1, 2011 | JIM DWYER and MICHAEL WILSON
    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...
  • Are Rich and Powerful People Above the Law in America?

    07/01/2011 9:13:33 AM PDT · by pinochet · 55 replies
    The latest news concerning the Strauss-Kahn rape case, is that prosecutors are considering dropping the case, after Strauss-Kahn's lawyers managed to attack the reputation of the witness. I am convinced that rich and powerful people are above the law in America, because decisions on prosecuting people are made by politicians, or by prosecutors who have an eye on a political career, and do not want to piss off potential donors to their future campaigns. In 1991, William Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Ted Kennedy, RFK, and JFK, was tried for rape. The facts of the case reported in the media...
  • NYT bombshell: Strauss-Kahn assault case falling apart over questions about accuser’s credibility

    07/01/2011 7:02:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2011 | Allahpundit
    The WSJ has a bare-bones story out tonight about Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers making a “surprise court appearance” tomorrow to ask the judge to relax his bail conditions. There’s no clue from the piece, though, about what unusual circumstances might have led to such a surprise.Meanwhile, over at the NYT: Surprise. The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials…According to the two law enforcement officials,...
  • Is Strauss-Khan sex assault case about to collapse?

    06/30/2011 9:27:10 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:02 AM on 1st July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The sexual assault case against ex IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Khan is close to collapse, it was tonight revealed. The New York hotel maid who accused Strauss-Khan of raping her in his $3,000-a-night suite, lied to investigators, law enforcement sources told the New York Times. Despite a wealth of forensic evidence against the 62-year-old, prosecutors have dismissed a lot of what the maid said about the alleged encounter, according to the newspaper.
  • Court Papers Detail Strauss-Kahn’s Statements After Arrest

    06/18/2011 12:44:43 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 16, 2011 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    About 15 minutes after police detectives from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey pulled Dominique Strauss-Kahn off a Paris-bound flight, he told them he had diplomatic immunity, according to a document filed by prosecutors on Thursday. Then, after he was handcuffed, Mr. Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the IMF asked to speak to someone from the French consulate and requested that his handcuffs be secured in front of him rather than behind his back. When it became clear that he would miss his flight, he asked to make a call so he could let people know he would not...
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn expected to claim 'police irregularities' over arrest

    06/05/2011 6:01:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2011 | Henry Samuel
    The former International Monetary Fund chief faces several charges including charges including attempted rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment on a New York hotel maid last month. He was arrested on May 14 as he sat in an Air France jet awaiting take for Paris after contacting the Sofitel hotel to say he had forgotten one of his mobile phones. Police traced the call and arrested him, citing fears he might seek to flee the country. A source close to Mr Strauss-Kahn, a former Socialist presidential hopeful, said the flight fear was unfounded. "The conditions of Mr Strauss-Kahn's arrest pose...
  • French soul-searching over DSK case grows

    06/05/2011 4:49:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 5, 2011 | Thierry Leveque and Daniel Flynn
    PARIS (Reuters) – The arrest of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on attempted rape charges has unleashed a soul-searching in French politics, media and law that seems to deepen rather than wane as his case progresses. Strauss-Kahn, who will plead not guilty Monday to charges he tried to rape a maid in a New York hotel, had been a likely future French President before his dramatic arrest three weeks ago as he sat in an airplane waiting to take off for Paris. "The Strauss-Kahn affair is going to change a lot of things," said Chantal Brunel, a member of the ruling...
  • After Attacks, New York Hotels To Equip Maids With 'Panic Button' (Dominique Strauss-Kahn)

    06/02/2011 9:45:23 AM PDT · by SteveH · 11 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | June 1, 2011 05:49 PM | Eyder Peralta
    Two high-profile attacks on hotel maids are leading to a change in security at two Manhattan hotels: The Wall Street Journal reports that according to union officials, the Pierre Hotel and the Sofitel New York will equip their room attendants with panic buttons in case they are attacked. The Journal reports the change came after a meeting with union officials: "Let everybody in the world traveling to New York know that when they stay in a hotel room, the person cleaning that room is armed with a button that they can immediately press if you're stupid enough to get inappropriate,"...
  • Tristane Banon: This Is What It Was Like When Strauss-Kahn Sexually Assaulted Me

    06/02/2011 8:53:38 AM PDT · by SteveH · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | May 18, 2011 | Courtney Comstock
    The video below of Tristane Banon talking about what it was like when Dominique Strauss-Kahn came onto her is getting posted all around the internet now that DSK has been charged with sexual assault. [...] "It ended really badly. We ended up fighting. It finished really violently." "We fought on the floor. It wasn't a case of a couple of slaps. I kicked him, he unhooked my bra, he tried to open my jeans." [...] "For my first book I had to interview people about their biggest mistake...he didn't really answer but suggested we meet again. He asked me to...
  • Vladimir Putin hints at Dominique Strauss-Kahn conspiracy

    05/31/2011 3:42:35 AM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 11 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | telegraph.co.uk
    "It is hard for me to evaluate the real political underlying reasons and I do not even want to get into that subject, but I cannot believe that everything is as it seems and how it was initially presented," he said. "It does not sit right in my head." Mr Strauss-Kahn was arrested at JFK airport in New York on May 14 for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid. Mr Putin's public support for Mr Strauss-Kahn comes days after a French politician alleged that the former IMF chief had said before his arrest that he thought Mr Putin was actively...
  • From the Time Capsule: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Meets Barack and Michelle Obama

    05/26/2011 2:19:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies
    Kahn and the Obamas at a dinner during the G-20 conference in September 2009. Photo: The IMF Flickr Some pictures say a thousand words. This one just says two: No Touching. .
  • Anne Sinclair's millions keeping accused rapist husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn out of jail

    05/25/2011 11:49:32 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | LUKAS I. ALPERT
    The income of Dominique Strauss-Kahn pales in comparison to wife Anne Sinclair's family fortune. Dominique Strauss-Kahn better hope his long-suffering, third wife stands by her man as it's her fortune bankrolling his freedom. The former International Monetary Fund chief is out on a $6 million bail package but only on the condition he pony up for a $200,000-a-month security detail to monitor his every move. That would amount to another $2.4million a year. But the 62-year-old Parisian pol - who was widely expected to become France's next president - is estimated to only be worth $2 million on his own....
  • Lawmakers Concerned About Ex-IMF Director's 'Golden Parachute' (Courtesy of US Taxpayers)

    05/25/2011 7:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/25/2011 | Judson Berger
    The former head of the International Monetary Fund accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid will receive a $250,000 severance payment -- paid in part courtesy of the American taxpayer -- unless U.S. lawmakers can stop the "golden parachute" from landing in the French politician's bank account. The IMF claims it has no discretion in the matter of Dominique Strauss-Khan, who was already pulling down nearly $500,000 as managing director when he resigned after being arrested in New York. The one-time severance, along with a much smaller annual pension, was part of his contract. But considering the heavy...
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Goddaughter: Yeah, He Tried To Rape Me, Too, in 2002

    05/24/2011 7:49:46 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 41 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | 05/24/11 | Ace of Spades
    [SNIP] But now Tristane Banon, the 31-year-old god-daughter of Strauss-Kahn’s second wife Brigitte Guillemette, said he attacked her almost a decade ago. Ms Banon will now tell French detectives about the alleged attempted rape, which took place in an anonymous studio flat in Paris in 2002. Strauss-Kahn lured the then 21-year-old trainee journalist to the property under the promise of an interview, and then started to rip her clothes off, it is claimed. ‘I kicked him, I called him a rapist, he didn’t seem to care,’ said Ms Banon in earlier interviews, in which she also described Strauss-Kahn as acting...
  • Strauss-Kahn's pals bid to pay off woman's kin [in rural Africa]

    05/24/2011 6:01:12 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/24/11
    Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid's impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since they can't reach her in protective custody, The Post has learned. The woman, who says she was sexually assaulted by the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund, has an extended family in the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa, well out of reach of the Manhattan DA's Office.
  • Rush to back Christine Lagarde casts doubt on IMF ‘competition’(French woman to replace French man?)

    05/24/2011 8:31:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    WP ^ | 05/24/11 | Howard Schneider
    Rush to back Christine Lagarde casts doubt on IMF ‘competition’ By Howard Schneider, Published: May 24 French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who is emerging as Europe’s favorite to replace Dominque Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetary Fund, would enter any contest for the position with as many as a third of the votes on the agency’s board already locked up. The prospect that Lagarde could be all but anointed before the competition even begins is casting doubt on whether it will be an open process, as the board has promised. This is putting the Obama administration in a sensitive...
  • Strauss Kahn and France - Are You Aware That Socialist Elites View Most Americans as "White Trash"?

    05/24/2011 7:27:41 AM PDT · by pinochet · 64 replies
    Those who have read Ann Coulter's latest column on Strauss-Kahn, may see it as her usual political satire, but she is deadly serious. She mentions the little known fact that Karl Marx, whom the left regards as the champion of the oppressed, was a slaveholder. According to Coulter: "Karl Marx kept a female slave from the time she was 8 years old, eventually using her not only as a servant but as his mistress, never acknowledging his child with her or paying her at all. She waited on him hand and foot while he explained to the world that profit...
  • Queens Lawmaker Proposes "Panic Button" for Hotel Housekeepers

    05/23/2011 9:17:15 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 24 replies
    NBC New York ^ | May 23, 2011 | N/A
    A New York assemblyman says he wants the state to require hotels to provide their housekeepers with an emergency "panic button" that would help protect them from sexual assaults on the job. Assemblyman Rory Lancman, a Democrat from Queens, said he will introduce the bill Monday. The move comes a week after former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid. "We send hotel workers, housekeepers into rooms by themselves without any other staff, without any other security," Lancman said at a news conference Sunday outside the Sofitel Hotel, the site of Strauss-Kahn's...
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn: DNA samples confirm sperm traces on maid's dress

    05/23/2011 2:17:06 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 136 replies
    Telegraph.UK ^ | 05/23/11 | Henry Samuel
    The New York Police sent the test results to French authorities on Sunday where they allegedly confirmed the trace. The results are expected to be made public shortly.
  • YOUTUBE: Paul Potts Sings "Dominique Strauss-Kahn"

    05/23/2011 7:30:59 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 37 replies
    dfu via YouTube ^ | 5-2011 | dfu
    Paul Potts is at it again. Here is his latest operatic masterpiece, a commentary on both frisky Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn and scumbag Bill Clinton. PAUL POTTS SINGS "DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN"
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn: sexual contact with chambermaid 'consensual'

    05/17/2011 8:57:47 PM PDT · by rawhide · 91 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 10:51PM BST 17 May 2011 | Jon Swaine
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn will admit he had sexual contact with the hotel chambermaid who alleges he attacked her, but insist it was consensual, his lawyers have indicated. The International Monetary Fund chief allegedly locked the maid in his suite at Manhattan's Sofitel on Saturday and forced her to give him oral sex. He was denied $1m bail and is being held at Rikers Island jail. However in a hint at what may become his main line of defence, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said at New York criminal court: "The evidence, we believe, will not be consistent with a forcible encounter". It...
  • DFU YouTube SING-ALONG: Dominique (Strauss-Kahn and Clinton)

    05/22/2011 10:51:01 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    dfu via YouTube ^ | 5-22-11 | dfu
    Is the singing nun still alive? I wonder if she would sing this song? BWAHAHAHAHA! "Dominique" on YouTube
  • French Should Feel Shame, But We're No Puritans

    05/20/2011 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as the head of the International Monetary Fund. He would like to spend more time with his family. But that's not why he resigned. He'd like to spend more time with his family because he's in jail, charged with the sexual assault and attempted rape of an African-immigrant hotel maid. "DSK," as he's known in France, is socialist royalty and was the presumed shoo-in to beat Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential race. I had planned on taking the easy route and mocking the debauched and depraved (im)morality of the French, the arrogant and asinine sophistry...
  • STRAUSS-KAHN GRANTED BAIL

    05/19/2011 1:07:16 PM PDT · by wideawake · 64 replies
    On Bloomberg News | 5/19/2011 | wideawake
    Just announced on TV . . . no article yet
  • .....French outraged by U.S. treatment of Strauss-Kahn

    05/17/2011 6:35:27 AM PDT · by rawhide · 83 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | 5-17-11 | Alexandria Sage and Paul Taylor
    French Socialist politicians voiced outrage Tuesday at the parading of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn handcuffed and unshaven in the United States before he has a chance to defend himself on charges of attempted rape. Arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a chambermaid at a luxury New York hotel,Strauss-Kahn was made by police to walk manacled in front of cameras on his way to a courthouse,and his appearance before a judge was televised. Former Culture Minister Jack Lang described the treatment of the Socialist presidential frontrunner--whose political career is now in tatters--as a "lynching" that had "provoked horror and aroused disgust."...
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns as head of International Monetary Fund

    05/19/2011 1:18:51 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/19/2011 | Jon Swaine
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, four days after being charged with the sexual attack of a Manhattan hotel chambermaid. In a statement released by the Fund in the early hours of Thursday morning, Mr Strauss-Kahn said he needed to "devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence". The 62-year-old Frenchman has been under intense pressure since being arrested in the First Class cabin of on an Air France jet on the tarmac of John F. Kennedy airport on Saturday afternoon. He is being held at Rikers Island...
  • What the Strauss-Kahn Incident Reveals About the Inner Workings Of France

    05/18/2011 3:28:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2011 | Rachel Marsden
    International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, known as the "Great Seducer" in his home country of France, flunked out at seducing New York Judge Melissa C. Jackson this week. Instead, she sent him to Rikers Island pending further court appearances in the wake of a Sofitel maid's accusations that he attempted to force his charisma upon her before leaving for the airport and boarding a plane, where authorities arrested him. I'm in no position to judge the facts of this case. Not only was I not in the hotel room, but my experience with Strauss-Kahn -- or "DSK," as he's...
  • Iowahawk: "Justice"? I Spit on Your "Justice"

    05/18/2011 1:22:18 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Iowahawk | May 18, 2011 | David Burge
    [ed note: Found! Under a hors d'oeuvres tray at a Tina Brown cocktail party, the first draft of Bernard Henri-Levy's Daily Beast cri de coeur on behalf of his ami Dominique Strauss-Kahn]Continued
  • IMF accuser in apt. for HIV vics

    05/18/2011 1:26:38 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/18/2011 | JENNIFER BAIN and BOB FREDERICKS
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence. The IMF chief's alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned. The hotel maid, a West African immigrant, has occupied the fourth-floor High Bridge pad with her 15-year-old daughter since January -- and before that, lived in another Bronx apartment set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United strictly for adults with the virus and their families. The Post has not been able to ascertain whether the maid, 32, has HIV/AIDS because of medical confidentiality laws....
  • Strauss-Kahn was set up, French say

    05/18/2011 8:22:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 76 replies · 2+ views
    France 24 ^ | 05/18/11 | Joseph BAMAT / Sébastian SEIBT
    Strauss-Kahn was set up, French say When news broke that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York on criminal sex charges, theories that the IMF chief had been set up began circulating in France. By Joseph BAMAT / Sébastian SEIBT (text) In the immediate aftermath of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s dramatic arrest, the majority of French people were inclined to believe that the managing director of the International Monetary Fund was the victim of a conspiracy, an opinion poll revealed on Wednesday. The survey, conducted by French polling agency CSA after New York City police charged Strauss-Kahn with sexually assaulting and attempting...