Dominique Strauss-Kahn

May 16th, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

AP reports:

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

was taken off the Air France flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport by officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and turned over to police Saturday afternoon, said Paul J. Browne, New York Police Department spokesman.

He was being questioned by the NYPD special victims office. Strauss-Kahn had retained an attorney and was not making statements to the police, Browne said. No charges have yet been filed.

The 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s room at the Sofitel near Manhattan’s Times Square at about 1pm Eastern (1600 GMT) Saturday and he emerged from the bedroom naked, threw her down and attacked her, Browne said.

She told authorities that he tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. She somehow broke free and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police.

This will be one of the trials of the decade, if the allegations are correct.

He was not just a possible candidate for President of France, but I would say the clear favourite to becomes the 34th President of the Republic.

Incidentially he was accused of attempted in 2002 by the then 23 year old Tristane Banon.

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43 Responses to “Dominique Strauss-Kahn”

  1. adze (2,005 comments) says:

    http://rwrant.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/khan.jpeg

    /geek

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  2. Murray (8,842 comments) says:

    Not a lot of echo in space there adze.

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  3. davidp (3,561 comments) says:

    He should have waited to visit NZ. A judge would have granted him name suppression on the basis that if people knew what he’d done it would have prejudiced his chances in the presidential election.

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  4. Murray (8,842 comments) says:

    Its ok he can get a job at the UN. This would be seen as more of a job requirement than an impediment.

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  5. reid (16,111 comments) says:

    As I said earlier on GD:

    Let’s assume she’s not lying and why would she make something like this up?

    What would make someone like him behave as he allegedly did – to attack her in a prolonged brutal way? Even if he mistakenly thought she was a hooker, for some reason, why would he behave like that toward anyone? What sort of a person might have been the next President of France and if he’s like that, what are others in similar positions also like?

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  6. ciaron (1,390 comments) says:

    Not a lot of echo in space there adze.

    Such is the awesomeness of J.T. Kirk that his very voice transcends the laws of physics :)

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  7. reid (16,111 comments) says:

    That was quick.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/nyregion/imf-names-replacement-as-chief-awaits-arraignment.html?src=un&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjson8.nytimes.com%2Fpages%2Fnyregion%2Findex.jsonp

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  8. Inventory2 (10,185 comments) says:

    From the first-class cabin of a plane to jail; that’s a real penthouse-to-outhose plunge.

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  9. Murray (8,842 comments) says:

    Kick is a pussy who uses the prime directive as his personal doormat, J.L.Picard would wipe the cosmos with his ass.

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  10. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @ reid 12:40 pm

    What sort of a person might have been the next President of France and if he’s like that, what are others in similar positions also like?

    The Prime Minister of Italy?

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  11. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,834 comments) says:

    toad, Mr Berlesconi has the charm of the Italians, not the arrogance of the French.

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  12. ciaron (1,390 comments) says:

    Picard would have Worf do it, least he break into a sweat.

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  13. Inventory2 (10,185 comments) says:

    What is it with socialists, and their need to travel first class? I thought socialism was all about everyone being equal, and that as a practising socialist he’s be only to happy to sit down in cattle class with everyone else. I guess that some socialists are more equal than others ;-)

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  14. reid (16,111 comments) says:

    The Prime Minister of Italy?

    This guy is a clear deviant no different from a street thug and how do you get to such high office as the potential next President of France by being that. This is not a trait you can hide, unless others help you do it, or unless others also do it. If he did it now, he’s had to of done this sort of thing before. IMO he made a mistake and thought someone had bought her along cause this is what she did, for people like him, and then he’d rape her and she’d just leave and he’d catch his plane. That’s what I think he was thinking. How else do you explain it?

    Now if he is like this and this is not the first time he’s done something like this, but merely the first time of mistaken identity, then who the hell might have organised such a girl for him in the first place and who else do they offer this “service” to?

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  15. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @Adolf Fiinkensein 1:07 pm

    Are you suggesting statutory rape isn’t the “real deal”?

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  16. davidp (3,561 comments) says:

    Talking about socialists… I wonder if the New York police have seized a swiss ball as evidence?

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  17. davidp (3,561 comments) says:

    toad>Are you suggesting statutory rape isn’t the “real deal”?

    It isn’t according to Whoopi Goldberg, who has stated that there is “rape” that doesn’t comprise “rape rape” and which should be treated differently.

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  18. Psycho Milt (2,369 comments) says:

    Well, if he was Argentinian he might have considered it merely a “violent seduction.”

    IV2: the French “Socialist” Party involves socialists to about the same extent the NZ Labour Party involves labourers, or the same extent that ACT, “the Liberal Party,” involves liberals.

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  19. All_on_Red (1,495 comments) says:

    I liked the joke Berlesconi told;

    ” A recent survey asked woman of Italy if they would like to sleep with Berlesconi. 30% said “maybe” 70% said “again?”

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  20. Pete George (23,357 comments) says:

    Or that the National Party involves….
    Or that the New Zealand First Party involves…
    Or that the Mana Party Party involves….

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  21. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Are you suggesting statutory rape isn’t the “real deal”?

    I wasn’t aware Berlusconi was being prosecuted on statutory rape charges, be a little hard since the age of consent in Italy is 16 (16 is the age of consent if the elder participant is in a position of authority which Berlusconi is, otherwise it is 14). Miss El Mahroug was at least 17.

    What your thinking of Toad is Child Prostitution, but first you’d have to proove that:
    1. Berlusconi knew Miss El Mahroug was under the age of 18 (Age of Majority)
    2. Money was exchanged explicitly for the sexual services received.

    If you are confusing the two Toad, you must have a very poor understanding of the definition of consent.

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  22. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @Bevan 2:05 pm

    Oops, I stand corrected – should have said under-age prostitution.

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  23. 103PapPap (130 comments) says:

    I understand the man is a serial shagger … like many other politicians we all know …

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  24. tvb (4,263 comments) says:

    There will be a trial if the allegations are bona Fide and not a set-up. In French politics one cannot be sure of that. As for serial snagging all men are that surely.

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  25. Bob R (1,357 comments) says:

    Wow, a socialist and former communist staying in a $3000 a night hotel suite!

    Not to mention s8xually assaulting a lowly paid oppressed female of the proletariat!

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  26. reid (16,111 comments) says:

    I think some of you may be missing a possible point here. Which is that if what the conspiracy theories say about the Illuminati say are true, then this is exactly how they behave. If the Illuminati does exist, then it’s not surprising is it that this guy would be one of them.

    P.S. If you need to understand what the conspiracy theories do say about the Illuminati, please do your own research and don’t bother with comments as to whether or not they do exist either, because I’m not saying they do or they don’t, I’m saying, if they did, then…

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  27. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Politician violently screws someone over…..and this is news?

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  28. OTGO (526 comments) says:

    A socialist running the IMF! Who would’ve thought?

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  29. 3-coil (1,204 comments) says:

    Looks like Strauss-Khan may have used a similar sophisticated seduction technique to that of our own “alleged” randy socialist (well the NZ Labour Party’s) ginger-infringer – don’t they understand that “no” means NO!

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  30. MT_Tinman (3,064 comments) says:

    You shouldn’t need advice on rape Toad.

    When your lot are finished temporarily with mindless vandalism and walking over the rights of those you disagree with you constantly preach rape of all those successful at working for a living.

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  31. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Oops, I stand corrected – should have said under-age prostitution

    You are missing the word “alleged” in there somewhere Toad.

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  32. KiwiGreg (3,226 comments) says:

    “Wow, a socialist and former communist staying in a $3000 a night hotel suite!”

    That’s just what the media reported. Most US hotels’ rack rates bear little relationship to what you actually pay. Although I’ve paid as much as $1200/night in New York just for a room.

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  33. PaulL (5,986 comments) says:

    Nothing new in a politician using their power to get sex – plenty of that around. There is something new in needing to force the lady involved.

    reid: I can imagine reasons someone might make something like this up. I have no reason to think any of them apply in this situation, but it is certainly possible that this complaint was a jack up – and with someone as high profile as Strauss Kahn, there are reasons that someone might do that.

    As for the theory he must have done it before…..perhaps. Or perhaps not. The previous rape complaint may be indicative of something. Or then again, he may be unlucky, and have two false complaints. Innocent until proven guilty and all that.

    What I will say is that, whether he did it or not, his chances of becoming French President just dropped dramatically.

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  34. reid (16,111 comments) says:

    reid: I can imagine reasons someone might make something like this up. I have no reason to think any of them apply in this situation, but it is certainly possible that this complaint was a jack up – and with someone as high profile as Strauss Kahn, there are reasons that someone might do that.

    Agree on all points Paul. This could be a setup by his enemies, given the guy’s future position, and none of it happened.

    As for the theory he must have done it before

    I said that cause he’s a highly intelligent rational person and why would you do what he did if not because you thought you could, and if he thought he could, precisely why did he think that.

    Absolutely.

    Forensics will be critically important here.

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  35. tvb (4,263 comments) says:

    A Minister in Sarkosy’s Government is not ruling out is was a set-up. Another political figure it is a set-up related to his position in the IMF.

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  36. reid (16,111 comments) says:

    A Minister in Sarkosy’s Government is not ruling out is was a set-up. Another political figure it is a set-up related to his position in the IMF.

    I find it hard to understand how you could engineer a setup with these facts. The MSM is involved. The NYPD is involved. The man is an international figurehead therefore close scrutiny of everything applies from day one. Everything everyone did from the first second of it happening will be minutely pored over.

    Now if it was a setup, how could a setup withstand this, which is what was obviously always going to happen, as the people who calculated the setup, made their plans?

    And if it was a setup, who is going to be the fall-guy.

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  37. hubbers (230 comments) says:

    I bet he is gutted the plane didn’t get off the ground. As we all know France has a strong track record of protecting French rapists from international justice.

    Also he could have been given diplomatic immunity by French officials in NY but they didn’t offer it … I wonder why :)

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  38. reid (16,111 comments) says:

    I bet he is gutted the plane didn’t get off the ground.

    Yes I just bet he is, hubbers. A mere few minutes away from obfuscating while the plane is in the air, calling Sarkozy, who calls Obama, who calls the NYPD, who gets others to call the MSM.

    By the time the plane lands in France, the whole unpleasantness is all behind everyone who matters.

    What a shame.

    Just a few mins away from covering it all up.

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

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  39. tvb (4,263 comments) says:

    The NYPD are acting on a statement made to them about a sexual assault. Of course that allegation could be a set-up if there was no corroborating evidence.

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  40. PaulL (5,986 comments) says:

    Usual he said she said thing. Bad for her, bad for him. One of them is right, one is wrong, and hard for anyone not in the room to have an opinion other than based on their own preconceived notions.

    My gut says why would someone complain if it didn’t happen, given all the pain this lady is now going to go through. My head says that it does happen, and there’s a reason that the standard of evidence is “beyond reasonable doubt” – someone in a very visible position is susceptible to all sorts of events.

    I can imagine a situation where he did exactly what she said – as Reid says because he thought he could get away with it, or just because – maybe the lady involved is strikingly attractive, maybe he had a brain fart, maybe he’s just a sexual criminal (actually, all three of those examples would imply he was a sexual criminal). I can also imagine a situation where a group or an individual decided to have a go at him, or a blackmail attempt that he didn’t acquiesce to, or he did something else to this lady and she’s getting her own back.

    And I guess that’s why we do have name suppression – maybe none of this is true, and now it’s on his record forever. I’d agree that they must have done at least the minimum of investigation before pulling someone at this level off his plane….

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  41. reid (16,111 comments) says:

    The NYPD are acting on a statement made to them about a sexual assault. Of course that allegation could be a set-up if there was no corroborating evidence.

    Of course it could, tvb.

    It happens everyday.

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  42. Mark (1,436 comments) says:

    What has he done to piss of the US administration?

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  43. CJames (2 comments) says:

    I don’t see why anyone is so surprised. He is only doing to people what his organisation does to countries.

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