Strauss-Kahn: Released without bail, charges still pending
You read it right here on May 16th: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Arrested: The Sofitel Connection
July 1st, 2011
When Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, was accused in a sexual assault case involving a 32 year-old chambermaid at the Hotel Sofitel in Manhattan, we pontificators, bloggers and mainstreamers alike, wrote volumes on the "meaning" of the case. How could a man in his lofty position find himself so utterly compromised in such a manner? He must be a raving, pig-faced, lunatic the way he attacked that woman. Poor woman, right? Not so fast.
Late Thursday night France 24 was reporting that the alleged victim's credibility had been called into question. According to law enforcement officials, there is unequivocal evidence of a sexual encounter, but it may have been consensual just as the accused has been saying all along. Now that would be a surprise to many, including this reporter, who had him judged, convicted, and sentenced in the court of personal opinion weeks ago.
"Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied..." (NYT)
But there's more..
Authorities have recently unearthed evidence of a possible conspiracy. Hold the friggin' phone! It seems that Ms. not-so-innocent chambermaid had not one, not two, but five separate phone numbers associated with her identity. Also, she received a series of wire transfers--tens of thousands of dollars--from an associate with known ties to drug running, money laundering and what have you.
"...According to the two officials, the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded. " (NYT)
Okay, this is getting ugly. It's all fun and games until you mess with a man's reputation and livelihood. This ordeal has cost Mr. Strauss-Kahn his career with the IMF. That's a done deal, but could he recover and run successfully for the top job in France? Stranger things have happened.
"A collapse of the case would mark a stunning turnabout for Strauss-Kahn, 62, who has long been a key player in the French Socialist Party and was expected to challenge French President Nicolas Sarkozy in next May's election. Polls suggested he would win. He resigned his IMF post after the arrest)." (LAT)
Could this be a conspiracy cooked up by the DSK team to impugn the integrity of the victim? I should note here; the woman is sticking to her story and she has yet to be formally discredited.
At this hour, there are few sources available to plumb, but it looks as though DSK may be completely vindicated. His only crime--screwing around on his wife. What could be more mundane.
************** UPDATE ****************
DSK is released on his own recognizance. The judge has vacated his house arrest order, but he must remain in the U.S. until his hearing on July 18th. Clearly Mr. Strauss-Kahn is in better spirits than the last time he entered a New York court room. He strode into the courthouse with a pep in his step and perhaps a song in his heart.
The case is still pending for now--no charges dropped as yet. What do we know for sure at this point? The maid has admitted to lying about a previous rape allegation. The other assault supposedly took place in her native Guinea, and she used this story to help bolster her case for asylum in the U.S. The distressing story she told was detailed, seemingly heartfelt, and completely fabricated.
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