20110521 Christine Lagarde, Calon Kuat Bos Baru IMF
20110520 Media frenzy surrounding Strauss-Khan shocks French
20110520 Strauss-Kahn was an animal to my girls, claims infamous Manhattan madam
20110520 Strauss-Kahn Buas terhadap Pekerja Seks
20110520 Strauss-Kahn Sudah Sering Menggunakan Jasa Mucikari
20110520 Strauss-Kahn Wild on Sex Workers
20110519 Strauss-Khan Used NY Escort Service: Madam
20110519 Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the French Anti-Semitism Myth
20110519 The Strauss-Kahn Conspiracy Firestorm
20110519 Strauss-Kahn quits as IMF chief as infamous Manhattan madam claims he paid her $2,500 for her escort girls
20110518 IMF’s Strauss-Khan may use ‘consensual sex’ as lawsuit defense
20110518 The Strauss-Kahn conspiracy?
20110518 They say about Strauss-Khan’s …
20110517 All eyes on Dominique Strauss-Kahn for his turn in the dock
20110517 Penangkapan Strauss-Khan Picu Ketidakpastian Pembicaraan Utang Eropa
20110516 Dominique Strauss-Kahn Free on $1 Million Bail
20110516 The Strauss-Khan embarrassment and the eurozone
20110516 Strauss Khan Kelelahan, Istri Beri Dukungan
20110515 I.M.F. Names New Leader
20110515 Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sex arrest could end presidential hopes
20110509 Dominique Strauss-Khan in sex book claims
20100930 7 Fakta Kebohongan Irma Nici Soal Beckham
20100922 Irma Nici, David Beckham’s Mistress? Prostitute Tells All (PICTURE)
20081023 How Jewish is Dominique Strauss-Kahn?
Christine Lagarde, Calon Kuat Bos Baru IMF
By wagustian, okezone.com, Updated: 5/21/2011 12:05 PM
Menteri Keuangan Prancis Christine Lagarde muncul sebagai pilihan Eropa untuk memimpin IMF. Dengan majunya Lagarde ini, calon asal Turki Kemal Dervis otomatis menjadi tersingkir.
WASHINGTON – Menteri Keuangan Prancis Christine Lagarde muncul sebagai pilihan Eropa untuk memimpin IMF. Dengan majunya Lagarde ini, calon asal Turki Kemal Dervis otomatis menjadi tersingkir.
IMF sendiri telah dipimpin oleh orang Eropa sejak tahun 1946. Analis menyebut Lagarde berpeluang besar untuk menggantikan Dominique Strauss-Kahn sebagai managing director IMF, setelah Strauss-Kahn mengundurkan diri untuk menghadapi kasus kekerasan seksual di New York.
Lagarde praktis bisa ikut sebagai kandidat Uni Eropa untuk menggantikan Dominique Strauss-Kahn sebagai Direktur Pelaksana IMF. “Dia front runner pada tahap ini, namun lomba belum dimulai,” kata mantan ekonom IMF Michael Mussa, yang sekarang di Peterson Institute for International Economics seperti dikutip dari Reuters, Sabtu (21/5/2011).
Sementara itu ekonom Turki yang sangat dihormati dan juga mantan Kepala Program Pembangunan PBB Kemal Dervis dikesampingkan pencalonannya dengan majunya Lagarde ini. Padahal Dervis telah diterima secara luas dan dianggap sebagai kandidat yang baik untuk negara berkembang dan Uni Eropa.
“Saya belum, dan tidak akan menjadi seorang calon. Saya sepenuhnya terlibat dalam, senang dengan, dan terfokus pada kerja global saya di Brookings Institution dan berharap untuk melanjutkan penelitian saya dan kerja kebijakan, termasuk bekerja di Turki,” ia mengatakan dalam sebuah pernyataannya.
Muncul kekuatan ekonomi negara berkembang seperti China, India dan Brasil yang menyerukan untuk mengakhiri dominasi Eropa pada posisi kunci di IMF. IMF sendiri akan memilih pengganti Strauss-Kahn sebagai managing director IMF yang baru pada 30 Juni 2011 mendatang.
Media frenzy surrounding Strauss-Khan shocks French
20/05 01:53 CET
The media frenzy surrounding the arrest and subsequent indictment for sex offences of Dominique Strauss-Khan has taken even hard-nosed French journalists by surprise.
The French have been particularly upset by pictures of the accused in handcuffs, something illegal in French crime reporting.
Marc de Chalvron is French journalist outside the courthouse:
“Seen from France this is something incredible, just a week ago this man was favourite to become the new president and now we see him in these terrible pictures. Even for ordinary French citizens, we are just not used to it. The French still don’t understand what is happening.”
The media circus will soon be packing up and leaving their temporary home outside the Centre Street Court in Lower Manhattan, but they will be back in droves when Strauss-Kahn returns for his next apperance on June 6.
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Tags: IMF – Media – The Strauss-Kahn case – USA
Strauss-Kahn was an animal to my girls, claims infamous Manhattan madam
Last updated at 8:27 AM, 20 May 2011
New sex claims from madam linked to Eliot Spitzer. Vice girl said he was ‘rough’ and ‘aggressive’
Dominique Strauss-Kahn paid for prostitutes, only for them to complain that he ‘behaved like an animal’, one of America’s most infamous madams claims. Kristin Davis, who claims to have had dozens of celebrities among the 10,000 clients on her books, said Strauss-Kahn used her Wicked Models escort agency twice in 2006. She told the Daily Mail that he was introduced to her by Irma Nici, a Bosnian prostitute who said he had been one of her clients in Paris.
Nici has previously made headlines by claiming she had had an affair with David Beckham – allegations that the footballer denied. Strauss-Kahn was running for the French presidency and had not yet taken over the IMF when he allegedly used Wicked Models’ services. Davis, nicknamed ‘the Manhattan Madam’, said her records showed he first called her in January 2006 to request a fresh-faced ‘all-American’ girl, and paid $2,500 (£1,500) in cash for two hours with her in a hotel room. But the girl came back complaining that he had been aggressive and she did not want to see him again. Davis sent him a second escort, a Brazilian girl, in September 2006 when Strauss-Kahn was in New York for a conference hosted by Bill Clinton. The second prostitute echoed the first girl’s complaints and ‘told me not to send any more girls to him’, Davis said, adding: ‘Strauss-Kahn was rough and aggressive.
However he maintained a certain level of decorum because he was dealing with an agency. ‘The girls said he was pushy, overly grabby and forceful. He did not rape anyone. However, at $1,000 or more an hour, we expected the clients to behave like gentlemen, not animals.’ She said she had spoken out about Strauss-Kahn because of allegations that he violently attacked a New York hotel maid, claims he denies. ‘I have spent three years protecting the men on my client list. However, I will no longer protect those that abuse women,’ she said. In 2008, Davis was jailed after admitting running a prostitution business, and served four months at the Rikers Island prison where Strauss-Kahn has been held. After release she claimed to have quit the sex industry and ran for office in New York but failed to be elected.
Strauss-Kahn Buas terhadap Pekerja Seks
Egidius Patnistik | Jumat, 20 Mei 2011 | 16:39 WIB
Irma Nici, perempuan pekerja seks asal Bosnia, mengaku bahwa mantan direktur pelaksana IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, sering menggunakan jasanya ketika di Paris, Perancis.
NEW YORK, KOMPAS.com — Dominique Strauss-Kahn suka membayar jasa pekerja seks. Namun, kata Kristin Davis, seorang germo terkenal di Amerika, para pekerja seks tersebut mengeluh bahwa mantan Direktur Pelaksana Dana Moneter Internasional (IMF) itu berperilaku buas.
Davis, yang mengaku mempunyai puluhan selebriti di antara 10.000 klien pada daftarnya, mengatakan, Strauss-Kahn menggunakan jasa gadis dari Wicked Models, agensi miliknya, dua kali pada tahun 2006. Sang germo kepada Daily Mail, Jumat (20/5/2011), mengatakan, dia diperkenalkan kepada Strauss Khan oleh Irma Nici, seorang pekerja seks Bosnia, yang mengatakan bahwa Strauss-Kahn telah menjadi salah satu kliennya di Paris. Nici sebelumnya menjadi berita utama ketika menyatakan bahwa dirinya telah berselingkuh dengan David Beckham, sebuah tuduhan yang dibantah oleh pemain sepak bola tersebut.
Strauss-Kahn telah berniat untuk mencalonkan diri jadi presiden Perancis dan telah menjabat sebagai Direktur Pelaksana IMF ketika ia diduga menggunakan jasa Wicked Models.
Davis, yang dijuluki “Madam Manhattan” itu, mengatakan, catatannya menunjukkan bahwa Strauss-Kahn pertama kali meneleponnya pada Januari 2006 untuk meminta seorang “gadis khas Amerika” berwajah segar dan membayar 2.500 dollar AS (setara Rp 21,3 juta) secara tunai untuk layanan selama dua jam di sebuah kamar hotel. Namun, gadis itu kembali dengan keluhan bahwa Strauss-Kahn agresif dan gadis itu tidak mau melayaninya lagi.
Davis lalu mengirimi seorang pekerja seks kedua, seorang gadis Brasil, pada September 2006, ketika Strauss-Kahn berada di New York untuk konferensi yang diselenggarakan oleh Bill Clinton. Pekerja seks yang kedua mengeluhkan hal yang sama dengan yang dikeluhkan oleh gadis pertama dan “mengatakan kepada saya untuk tidak mengirim gadis lagi kepadanya (Strauss-Kahn)”. Davis menambahkan, “Strauss-Kahn kasar dan agresif.”
“Gadis-gadis itu mengatakan ia suka memaksa, terlalu menuntut, dan kasar. Dia tidak memerkosa seseorang. Namun, dengan bayaran 1.000 dollar atau lebih per jam, kami berharap klien berperilaku seperti gentleman, bukan seperti binatang.”
Ia mengatakan, ia mengungkapkan apa yang ia tahu tentang Strauss-Kahn karena munculnya tuduhan bahwa dia menyerang seorang pelayan kamar hotel di New York, tetapi Strauss-Kahn membantahnya. “Saya sudah tiga tahun melindungi orang-orang dalam daftar klien saya. Namun, saya tidak akan lagi melindungi mereka yang melecehkan perempuan,” katanya.
Tahun 2008, Davis dipenjara setelah mengakui bahwa ia menjalankan sebuah bisnis prostitusi. Ia mendekam selama empat bulan di penjara Pulau Rikers, di mana Strauss-Kahn juga telah ditahan sebelum akhirnya dibebaskan dengan uang jaminan senilai 6 miliar dollar, tetapi tetap diawasi ketat selama 24 jam. Bahkan, kakinya dipasangi monitor elektrik dan tempatnya menginap dipasangi kamera video dan alarm demi mencegahnya agar tidak kabur ke negaranya, Perancis.
Strauss-Kahn Sudah Sering Menggunakan Jasa Mucikari
Ternyata Dominique Strauss-Kahn kenal gembong germo yang anak buahnya sering digunakan jasanya oleh para selebriti. Germo bernama Kristin Davis asal Amerika mengaku, anak buahnya juga sering digunakan oleh Strauss. Namun , lanjut Davis, mantan direktur pelaksana Dana Moneter Internasional (IMF) itu berperilaku buas dalam urusan ranjang alias seks menyimpang.
Kristin Davis yang dijuluki ‘Madam Manhattan’ mengaku memiliki pelanggan puluhan selebriti, dan 10.000 klien. Termasuk Strauss yang sering menggunakan jasa PSK dari Wicked Models, agensi miliknya. Staruss pernah menggunakan jasa anak buahnya dua kali pada tahun 2006.
Davis kepada Daily Mail, Jumat (20/05) mengatakan, dirinya diperkenalkan dengan Strauss Khan oleh Irma Nici, PSK asal Bosnia, dan mengatakan bahwa Strauss telah menjadi salah satu kliennya di Paris, Perancis.
Nici sendiri bukan nama atau wajah baru di dunia bisnis esek-esek. Ia sebelumnya pernah jadi berita ketika mengaku berselingkuh pesepakbola David Beckham. Namun tuduhan itu dibantah oleh pemain sepakbola flamboyan tersebut.
Menurut Davis, Strauss pertama kali telpon diriya Januari 2006. Ia meminta di order ‘gadis khas Amerika’ berwajah fresh, dan berani membayar 2.500 dollar AS (sekitar Rp 21.3 juta) dengan tunai. Uang sebesar itu untuk layanan selama dua jam di sebuah hotel. Namun gadis yang dikirim Davis mengeluh, Strauss agresif dan anak buahnya itu tidak mau melayaninya lagi.
Lalu Davis mengirim gadis lain ketika Staruss meminta lagi pada September 2006. Ia mengirim gadis asal Brasil. Ketika itu Strauss berada di New York untuk konferensi yang dihajat oleh Bill Clinton. PSK kedua itu juga mengeluhkan hal yang sama. Gadis itu mengatakan untuk tidak mengirim dirinya lagi kepada Strauss.
“Gadis-gadisku mengaku Staruss suka memaksa dan kasar. Dia suka memperlakukan PSK dengan memperkosanya. Kami berharap dengan bayaran 1.000 dollar per jam, klien berperilaku gentlemen, bukan seperti binatang,” kata Davis.
Davis sendiri pernah dipenjara setelah mengakui telah menjalankan bisnis esek-esek.. Ia empat bulan masuk penjara Pulau Rikers, penjara dimana Strauss-Kahn juga telah ditahan, sebelum akhirnya dibebaskan dengan jaminan 6 miliar dollar. Namun kaki Staruss dipasang monitor elektrik dan tempat menginapnya dipasang kamera CCTV serta alarm, demi mencegahnya tidak kabur ke negaranya, Perancis. Atau ia melakukan tindak bubuh diri.
Sebenarnya Strauss-Kahn berniat untuk mencalonkan diri jadi presiden Perancis. Namun cita-citanya itu kini kandas. Kalau pelecehan seksual yang dilakukan tak terbongkar, rakyat Perancis yang kasihan, mereka akan memiliki Presiden dengan perilaku seks meyimpang.
Strauss-Kahn Wild on Sex Workers
Friday, May 20, 2011
NEW YORK – Dominique Strauss-Kahn like to pay for the services of sex workers. However, says Kristin Davis, a famous pimp in the U.S., sex workers are complaining that the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that predatory behavior.
Davis, who claimed to have dozens of celebrity at between 10,000 clients on his list, saying, Strauss-Kahn’s use of her Wicked Models service, his agency, twice in 2006. The pimp told the Daily Mail, Friday (05/20/2011), said he was introduced to Irma Strauss Khan by Nici, a sex worker Bosnia, who said that Strauss-Kahn has become one of his clients in Paris. Nici previously made headlines when it claimed that he had an affair with David Beckham, an accusation denied by the football players.
Strauss-Kahn had been intending to run for president of France and has served as Executive Director of the IMF when he was allegedly using the service Wicked Models.
Davis, who was nicknamed “Manhattan Madam”, said his notes showed that Strauss-Kahn was first called him in January 2006 to ask for a “typical American girl” fresh-faced and pay 2500 U.S. dollars in cash for service for two hours in a hotel room. However, the girl returned with a complaint that Strauss-Kahn aggressive and she did not want to serve him anymore.
Davis then sent a second sex worker, a Brazilian girl, in September 2006, when Strauss-Kahn was in New York for a conference hosted by Bill Clinton. Sex workers who both complain about the same as those complained of by the first girl and “told me not to send her back to him (Strauss-Kahn).” Davis added, “Strauss-Kahn rude and aggressive.”
“The girls said he was overbearing, too demanding, and rude. He did not rape someone. However, for a fee of 1000 dollars or more per hour, we expect the client to behave like a gentleman, not like animals.”
He said, he revealed what he knew about Strauss-Kahn as the emergence of allegations that he attacked a hotel chambermaid in New York, but Strauss-Kahn denied this. “I have three years to protect the people in my client list. However, I will no longer protect those who harass women,” she said.
In 2008, Davis was imprisoned after admitting that he had run a prostitution business. He served four months in Rikers Island prison, where Strauss-Kahn also been detained before being freed on bail amounting to 6 billion dollars, but still closely monitored for 24 hours. In fact, his legs fitted with an electric monitor and where to stay fitted with video cameras and alarms to prevent it fled to his country, France.
Strauss-Khan Used NY Escort Service: Madam
May 19, 2011 10:44 AM EDT
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) now facing sexual assault charges, was a frequent customer of a notorious Manhattan escort service, according to reports. Former madam Kristin Davis, whose escort service also catered to the former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, told media that she provided prostitutes for Strauss-Khan in 2006 when he was running for France’s presidential nomination as a Socialist. At that time, Strauss-Khan was not head of the IMF.
Reportedly, one of her girls griped about his “aggressive” behavior. “He was a client of my agency,” she told The Daily Telegraph newspaper of Britain. “When men abuse women I’m no longer going to protect their identities”. Davis, who has alleged to have large pool of well-known clients, claimed that Strauss-Khan would call her directly and paid $1200 in cash for two-hour sessions in New York hotels. “He wanted an ‘All-American girl’, with a fresh face, from the mid-West,” she said. “A girl in January 2006 complained he was rough and angry, and said she didn’t want to see him again”.
Davis also alleged that in September 2006, when Strauss-Kahn arrived in New York to attend a conference hosted by former US President Bill Clinton, she provided the Frenchman with a Brazilian prostitute, who later complained that “he was rough.” Davis has herself served prison time for running a prostitution ring. She even ran for New York governor last year. The Times of London reported that Strauss-Khan was referred to the New York escort service by a Bosnian prostitute in Paris named Irma Nici. She told the Daily Mail: “Strauss-Kahn was rough and aggressive, however he maintained a certain level of decorum because he was dealing with an agency. The girls said he was pushy, overly grabby and forceful. He did not rape anyone. However, at $1,000 or more an hour, we expected the clients to behave like gentlemen, not animals.”
Nici added: “I have spent three years protecting the men on my client list – however, I will no longer protect those that abuse women.” Separately, there are now other reports that Strauss-Khan sexually assaulted another hotel maid in Mexico. In a book called “DSK: Secrets of a presidential contender” written by a female author using the pseudonym Cassandre, the alleged incident occurred in recent years when Strauss-Khan made an official visit to Mexico.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the French Anti-Semitism Myth
May 19, 2011 | 11:08pm
by Eric Alterman
Although Dominique Strauss-Kahn fits the stereotype of rich, leftist, Jewish banker preying on the poor and getting ethnic support from notable friends, there have been few anti-Jewish attacks on him in France, showing that claims of an anti-Semitism epidemic in the country are overblown, writes Eric Alterman.
It’s an anti-Semite’s dream and a nervous Jew’s nightmare. Imagine: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, an extremely wealthy international French Jewish banker—married to a media star and famous for his extravagant lifestyle and leftist politics—enjoying a $3,000 New York hotel suite allegedly violently rapes a poor, powerless, devout Muslim maid from West Africa and expects to fly home to Paris (first class, of course) as if nothing happened.
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To make matters worse, who leaps to his defense but yet another high-living leftist French Jewish intellectual, Bernard-Henri Lévy, who insists, in one of the oddest professions of class solidarity ever issued, “I hold it against the American judge who, by delivering him to the crowd of photo hounds, pretended to take him for a subject of justice like any other.” Though to be fair, for sheer oddness Lévy is matched, if not topped, by the “I am Spartacus”-style statement by the right-wing Jewish financial pundit Ben Stein, who insists that Mr. Strauss-Kahn must be innocent because, “People who commit crimes tend to be criminals, for example. Can anyone tell me any economists who have been convicted of violent sex crimes? Can anyone tell me of any heads of nonprofit international economic entities who have ever been charged and convicted of violent sexual crimes?” whereas many hotel maids are “complete lunatics, stealing airline tickets…stealing money…throwing away important papers, stealing medications…” And this is perhaps not even his craziest point. There’s this one too: “[T]his is a case about the hatred of the have-nots for the haves, and that’s what it’s all about. A man pays $3,000 a night for a hotel room? He’s got to be guilty of something. Bring out the guillotine.” And beyond the Lévy and Klein comments, did I mention that Strauss-Kahn has hired an extremely expensive orthodox Jewish lawyer?
All of this is primo fodder for anyone wanting to lob anti-Jewish comments in DSK’s direction, or even issue anti-Semitic broadsides about Jews inevitably rising to the defense of one of their own, regardless of the circumstances. And much of the criticism would be expected to come from France. For more than a decade now, we’ve been hearing about an alleged epidemic of anti-Semitism all across the Western world, but nowhere more than in Europe—and in Europe, nowhere more than in France. It was not so long ago that the American Jewish Congress called for a boycott of the Cannes Film Festival and a halt to organized Jewish tours of France to protest French anti-Semitism. Ed Koch wanted an American boycott of all French products. Israel’s ambassador to France at the time, Nissim Zvili, insisted that French Jews were so “afraid of anti-Semitic attacks that many of them are thinking of emigrating,” Ariel Sharon, then prime minister of Israel, warned them to flee their nation to escape “the wildest anti-Semitism.”
Strauss-Kahn’s religion has proven relevant to only two types of people: Neo-Nazis and Ann Coulter.
There was some dissent from this view at the time. “France is not more anti-Semitic than America,” argued Roger Cukierman, then the head of the Representative Council of the Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF). He called on U.S. Jewish organizations to stop interfering in the affairs of French Jews, and suggested that the attacks on Jewish institutions at the time were the result of a fringe section of France’s six million-strong Muslim community. (France has 600,000 Jews, the largest number outside the U.S and Israel. Cukierman thought the violence was a direct result of Israel’s reaction to the Palestinian intifada.
If ever there was a time that French anti-Semitism were going to rear its head, Mr. Strauss-Kahn has all but issued an engraved invitation. Indeed, it’s hard to think of a single anti-Semitic stereotype that he does not exemplify. Think about it. Jewish banker: check. Jewish cosmopolitan globalist running shadowy financial institution that nobody quite understands: check. Jewish leftist: check. Jewish sex maniac: check. Jewish predator on the poor and powerless: check. Jewish rich guy with beautiful wife in powerful media job: check. Jew with Jewish lawyer: check. Jew with famous Jewish friends in the media defending him purely on the basis of personal and ethnic ties, with no apparent concern as to whether he’s innocent or guilty: check.
And yet this card-carrying Mosaic member of the “caviar left”, with his $3,000 hotel suites and $3,500 suits and million-dollar apartments, etc., together with all of these stereotypical “Jewish” flaws named above was somehow the leading candidate to become France’s next president. (Help me: Has the United States ever had a Jewish president?)
Ironically, almost all the conspiracy theories floating around France for this historic upheaval in the nation’s political future have centered not around Jews, but around President Sarkozy’s interest in upending the candidacy of the man most likely to replace him. Marc Knobel, a researcher at CRIF, told a reporter he could find no significant mentions of Strauss-Kahn’s Judaism in the aftermath of his dramatic arrest. In fact the opposite was true. “[E]verybody knew he was Jewish, and that didn’t prevent him from being the most popular candidate in France,” added CRIF’s president, Richard Prasquier. “And that says something about France. Today we find it completely normal that a Jew can become president.”
As it happens, Strauss-Kahn’s religion has proven relevant, really, to only two types of people: Neo Nazis and Ann Coulter, (though this might be a distinction without a difference).
What can one say to all of this except “Vive La France?” How about “We’re sorry.”
Eric Alterman is a Distinguished Professor of English and journalism at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a senior fellow of the Center for American Progress and media columnist for The Nation. His most recent book is Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama.
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The Strauss-Kahn Conspiracy Firestorm
May 19, 2011 | 9:55am
by Tracy McNicoll
Did French President Nicolas Sarkozy set up Dominique Strauss-Kahn to sideline his top opponent? Is First Lady Carla Bruni pregnant just to boost his popularity? Tracy McNicoll reports from Paris. Plus, the latest news on Strauss-Kahn.
As politicians go, French President Nicolas Sarkozy looks to be having a good week. An especially good week. A sell-the-movie-rights, surreal reversal of fortune, I was lost and now I see especially good week. And this is a desperately unpopular president who, without overstating it, has yet to have a good week this decade. With exactly a year to go before France’s next president is inaugurated, Sarkozy’s most formidable obstacle to re-election, a rival many believed would declare his candidacy as early as next week, looks very suddenly and emphatically out of the way. And as one of Sarkozy’s most influential critics quipped, Dominique Strauss-Kahn facing charges of attempted rape on a New York hotel maid makes the long-embattled president look “almost normal.” High praise. What’s more, First Lady Carla Bruni, is pregnant, Sarkozy’s father told a German newspaper. More blessed normalcy? Not so fast, say the French. Let the conspiracy theories fly.
Mike Segar, Reuters / Landov; Jacques Demarthon, AFP / Getty Images
As Strauss-Kahn languishes on Rikers Island, his brilliant career allegedly upended by his appendage, the French are calling conspiracy on the whole affair. A new poll shows a full 57 percent smell “a plot” (only 32 percent don’t) as the disgraced head of the IMF and erstwhile Socialist Party frontrunner for France’s 2012 presidential election is due before a grand jury on Friday. The poll doesn’t ask “a plot by whom?” Armchair conspiracy theorists have narrowed it down to French right-wingers, French left-wingers, or IMF rivals. Even Strauss-Kahn’s room number at the Sofitel, 2806, has counted as a clue: The Socialist primaries open on June 28.
The French press has been criticized abroad for keeping Strauss-Kahn’s alleged peccadilloes under wraps. But there was enough out there, in dinner-party gossip and the odd book or article, to feed the impression that DSK’s reputation as a grand séducteur could one day be his downfall. Still, the nefarious undertone was, with local media legendarily discreet and the public presumed not to care, if he didn’t jump, he would be pushed.
Even Strauss-Kahn’s room number at the Sofitel, 2806, has counted as a clue: The Socialist primaries open on June 28.
In DSK-Sarkozy: Le Duel, a “comparative biography” of both men released last year, authors Alexandre Kara and Philippe Martinat relate a surreal encounter in a Pittsburgh toilet. As the story goes, before a bank of urinals at the G20 summit in 2009, Strauss-Kahn called Sarkozy out on rumors the president’s cronies would circulate compromising photos of the IMF chief if he ran against Sarkozy for the presidency in 2012. Sarkozy’s friends had reportedly been talking up salacious photos for years, since Strauss-Kahn’s failed attempt to get the Socialist Party nomination for the 2007 presidential election.
Indeed, while the French may question Sarkozy’s talents for governance (his approval ratings have hovered around 30), he is ascribed a Machiavellian forte for electioneering. Just as Strauss-Kahn critics joked that his zipper could be his undoing, Sarkozy cynics bet on a baby. Since the president wed supermodel-turned-popstar Carla Bruni in 2008, skeptics joked that if he hit rock bottom politically and a second term was on the line, a presidential pregnancy was guaranteed. Never mind that the first lady in question is 43. Pregnancy rumors last month had the tweetosphere competing on wit. One Web critic suggested the baby be christened Plancom, a name that sounds no better with a Parisian accent and is French slang for “marketing op.”
In fact, Sarkozy was the first French politician to make a show of his private life and remains the exception. In 2002, he was famously photographed for the glossy Paris Match with his son Louis, then 5, playing under his Interior Ministry desk, evidently riffing on the legendary Kennedy photo. And so the pitter-patter of new little feet were to be put to campaign megaphones outside the Elysée Palace, as if a bashful père’s glassy-eyed joy and showy coochy-coos could accomplish what kissing other peoples’ babies could not.
Both scenarios—DSK’s eventual coup de grâce, Carla’s finger-snap pregnancy—made the rounds for years, as Sarkozy’s popularity plummeted and Strauss-Kahn’s rose, before making headlines 72 hours apart. More fuel for the conspiratorial fire?
Of course, with Strauss-Kahn’s arrest dominating coverage, the baby news didn’t make the front pages as it would have weeks ago. If Bruni’s pregnancy is the product of dastardly calculation (and, let’s face it, with the parents-to-be aged 56 and 43, it’s a lot of trouble to go to just to pull in the soccer-mom vote), it hasn’t been aired showily yet. The Elysée Palace, somewhat ironically, declined to comment on a private matter. Instead, the child’s grandparents supplied the news to press outside France. Sarkozy’s Hungarian father Pal told the German daily Bild, while Bruni-Sarkozy’s Italian mother told La Stampa.
In any case, when Agence France Presse surveyed political analysts on the potential for a baby bounce, it wasn’t clear Sarkozy would get it. One pollster said a showy pregnancy could just “annoy people.” Media sociologist Dominique Wolton suggested, “If, by some misfortune, the Elysée develops a [media] strategy around the pregnancy, it will be perceived as star-ification and an Americanization of public life.” Wolton tutted, “One must not take the French to be idiots.”
So between a rape case most believe was a honey trap, and a pregnancy Sarkozy’s compatriots will bristle at hearing about, Machiavellian intrigue would hardly have been worth it, n’est-ce pas?
Tracy McNicoll is Newsweek’s Paris Correspondent. She has been covering Western Europe for the magazine since 2002.
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Strauss-Kahn quits as IMF chief as infamous Manhattan madam claims he paid her $2,500 for her escort girls
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:57 PM on 19th May 2011
New sex claims from madam linked to Eliot Spitzer
‘Sex assault victim’ testifies before grand jury
Bail hearing to be held for IMF boss today
DSK mugshot released by NYPD
Lawyers ask for $1million cash bail
He would be on 24-hour house arrest with electronic tag
Head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn sensationally quit his post today, amid claims that he paid an infamous brothel madam $2,500 for escort girls. Kristin Davis, 35, claimed the IMF chief used the services of Wicked Models twice in 2006. The Frenchman, who was not in the IMF post at the time, was believed to have been referred to the brothel owner by Irma Nici, a Bosnian prostitute who had been living in Paris, according to The Times newspaper. Ms Nici – also linked with Davis’s most famous client, the former New York governor Eliot Spitzer – recently claimed to have slept with David Beckham. The footballer denies the allegation. Mr Spitzer, who is now an anchor for CNN, was forced to resign from the role in 2008 when the scandal was made public.
Escorts: Kristin Davis, 35, claims the IMF chief used the services of her Wicked Models agency twice in 2006
According to The Times, Strauss-Kahn – who is currently on remand in New York accused of the attempted rape of a hotel chambermaid – called Davis in the third week of January 2006 to request an ‘all American’ girl, and paid £1,500 ($2,400) for two hours with her. ‘He paid in cash’, she was quoted as saying. ‘The first girl I sent to him said he was aggressive and didn’t want to be back with him again.’
STRAUSS-KAHN’S LETTER IN FULL
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Board:
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.
I think at this time first of my wife – whom I love more than anything – of my children, of my family, of my friends.
I think also of my colleagues at the Fund; together we have accomplished such great things over the last three years and more.
To all, I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me.
I want to protect this institution which I have served with honor and devotion, and especially – especially – I want to devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence.
In his letter of resignation released by the IMF, Strauss-Kahn said: ‘I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me,’ Speaking about her alleged liaison with the IMF boss, Ms Nici told the Daily Mail: ‘Strauss-Kahn was rough and aggressive, however he maintained a certain level of decorum because he was dealing with an agency. ‘The girls said he was pushy, overly grabby and forceful. He did not rape anyone. However, at $1,000 or more an hour, we expected the clients to behave like gentlemen, not animals.’ She said she had spoken out about him because of the new allegations that he violently attacked a New York hotel maid. ‘I have spent three years protecting the men on my client list – however, I will no longer protect those that abuse women,’ she added.
Davis sent him a second escort, a Brazilian girl, in September 2006 who made no complaint about Strauss-Kahn’s behaviour. The economist was in New York at the time for a conference arranged by Bill Clinton. Davis was later jailed for prostitution offences, spending five months at the Rikers Island prison where Strauss-Kahn is currently being held. She last year procured 23,000 signatures in support of her candidacy as an independent challenger for New York Governor to Andrew Cuomo – the incumbent.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s booking photo, released on an NYPD prisoner movement slip
IMF officials have been urging Strauss-Kahn to stand down as head of the global finance body but admit it is difficult to communicate with him as he is in prison. The IMF’s head is traditionally a European but developing countries were pushing for a change even before this scandal erupted. Candidates and their supporters in various countries are now vying for the post, including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Mr Brown is the fourth favourite – at 8/1 – for the post with the bookmaker William Hill. He comes behind Axel Weber, the German Bundesbank president; Montek Singh Ahluwalia, an Indian civil servant; and the favourite – Kemal Dervis, the former Turkish finance minister. Others who have been touted include the French finance minister Christine Lagarde and Josef Ackermann, the Swiss chief of Deutsche Bank. Meanwhile, in grainy black and white, the mugshot of one of the world’s most powerful men was released by the NYPD last night.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s mouth is set in the image, his gaze averted. He appears to be wearing a jacket and a light-coloured shirt. The booking photo was found in a prisoner movement slip released by the NYPD today, as it emerged his lawyers are asking for him to be released on a $1million cash bail. A bail hearing is set to be held for the IMF chief today, court officials have said. Defence lawyers want him released on $1 million cash bail and placed under 24-hour home detention with electronic monitoring, court papers showed. Strauss-Kahn’s state-wide criminal justice system code (NYSID) number is 09132366L. The document emerged as the hotel maid who has accused Strauss-Khan of a vicious sex attack was set to testify in front of a grand jury.
Resignation: A copy of the letter Strauss-Kahn sent to the IMF in which he says he wants to devote all his energies to proving his innocence
Part of the system: The image was included on this prisoner movement slip released by NYPD today
Hitting back: Jeffrey Shapiro, the lawyer for the hotel maid said the woman will testify against the IMF boss before a grand jury
Jeffrey Shapiro, the lawyer acting for the woman, said his client will say ‘there was nothing consensual’ about the assault that allegedly took place at New York’s Sofitel Hotel on Saturday. The line coupled with new physical evidence is thought to be an effort to quash Strauss-Khan’s likely line of defence, that the maid did consent to sex. It also emerged today that just one hour after Strauss-Kahn left the Times Square hotel at 12.30pm on Saturday, hotel staff phoned police about the attack.
Meanwhile NYPD investigators are DNA-testing samples of fluid they found in the $3,000-a-night suite that Strauss-Khan had been staying in. The maid showed them where she had spat after the Frenchman allegedly forced her to perform oral sex, according to CBS News. Police also say they have checked information from the suite door’s electronic card reader which indicates the woman came into the room but didn’t shut the door, as is hotel policy. This proves the maid was in the room to work, not have consensual sex, investigators told the news station.
Described as a ‘good Muslim’ by a close friend the maid was an asylum seeker from Guinea – one of the poorest countries in Africa. She was granted asylum, according to lawyer Mr Shapiro, and netted the job at the prestigious Sofitel in order to support her now 15-year-old teen daughter. If she had been earning Guinea’s average annual wage of $1,000, it would have taken her three years to stay just one night in the suite where the alleged attack took place.
Mr Shapiro said yesterday that the maid had no idea there was a man inside the suite she went into clean or that he was a famous French politician. She was now ‘alone in the world’ after her life had been ‘turned upside down’ by the alleged attack,’ he said. ‘She can’t go home, she can’t go back to work. This has been nothing short of a cataclysmic event in her life,’ he added. He also dismissed suggestions by Strauss-Khan’s legal team that the woman had made up charges or is trying to cover up a consensual encounter.
Denied: Strauss-Khan, right, was denied $1million bail offered by his lawyer Benjamin Brafman, left, at his arraignment hearing this week
International coverage: Mr Shapiro said the maid felt she was ‘alone in the world’ and that her life had been ‘turned upside down’ since the allegations emerged
‘This is nothing other than a physical, sexual assault by this man on this young woman,’ he said. ‘What (Strauss-Kahn) might be able to get away with in some countries, he can’t here in this country.’
Strauss-Khan has denied all of the charges against him, which include sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching. His lawyer Benjamin Brafman said he is confident his client will be exonerated once all the physical evidence is collected at his arraignment on Monday.
Strauss-Khan is currently on suicide watch at Rikers Island prison where he is being held without bail after a judge turned down a $1million offer at the hearing in Manhattan’s Criminal Court. Norman Seabrook, president of the correction officers union, said Strauss-Kahn did or said something during a mental health evaluation that concerned doctors, and he is being monitored day and night. A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of prisoner medical information, said Strauss-Kahn had not tried to harm himself. Because he is such a high profile person Strauss-Khan has been placed in a cell on his own at the notorious prison complex. Meanwhile calls for the 62-year-old to step down as head of the powerful International Monetary Fund, intensified with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner saying Strauss-Kahn ‘is obviously not in a position to run’ the agency.
People: David Beckham, Bill Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gordon Brown Places: Paris, France, Guinea, Africa Organisations: International Monetary Fund
IMF’s Strauss-Khan may use ‘consensual sex’ as lawsuit defense
May 18, 2011 by ■ Leo Reyes – comments
The legal defense of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Strauss-Khan may claim consensual sex as possible defense in his sexual assault case involving a woman hotel housekeeper who claimed she was attacked by the 62-year-old head of the IMF.
“The woman, 32, a widowed immigrant from Guinea who was granted asylum seven years ago, has not been publicly identified by the authorities in New York and has made no public statements about what prosecutors say was an attack by Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, a Frenchman, as she prepared to clean his hotel room on Saturday,” nytimes.com reports
The hotel housekeeper has not been identified and remained in seclusion in an apparent move by authorities to protect her privacy. She has also been in hiding from media apparently on instruction from her lawyer.
“And as she remained in seclusion, there were suggestions that Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a powerful, wealthy politician who was widely regarded as a strong candidate to run against the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, next year, would put forward a defense that any sex would have been consensual” the report added.
In last Monday’s hearing, Benjamin Brafman, the defendant’s lawyer told a judge he believed the “forensic evidence” was “not consistent with forcible encounter.”
The statement triggered a strongly-worded reaction from the woman’s lawyer Jeffrey Shapiro, dismissing any suggestion the housekeeper had consented to have sex with the defendant.
Shapiro described his role as trying to help her sort out her life and to explain the legal proceedings to her.
“She wants to remain anonymous because she’s very much afraid that something could happen to her physically, she feels very threatened by this,” he said of all the global attention on the case.
The IMF Chief was arrested Saturday at the Kennedy International Airport while on board a commercial aircraft that was about to take off.
Strauss-Khan is currently detained at the New York’s Rikers Island jail.
The Strauss-Kahn conspiracy?
A survey finds that most French think Dominique Strauss-Kahn is the victim of a plot.
David CaseMay 18, 2011 18:55
BOSTON — To Americans, Dominique Strauss-Kahn might appear hopelessly shamed. Formerly the chief of the International Monetary Fund and frontrunner in the 2012 French presidential election, he is now the disgraced cover boy for the NY Post, while occupying a Rikers Island prison cell, accused of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid.
And what about the French? Their empathy apparently still lies with the charismatic, high-flying politician.
Fifty-seven percent of French think Strauss-Kahn is the victim of a plot, according to a poll by CSA (in French) conducted on May 16 and released today. When only members of Strauss-Kahn’s socialist party were counted, the number rose to 70 percent.
Less than a third of the people surveyed were persuaded that the alleged victim was beyond suspicion. Only 32 percent indicated that DSK, as he’s known, “probably” or “certainly” was not set up. Eleven percent declined to respond or indicated that they were uncertain.
“It is noteworthy that regardless of education level, the responses were similar,” CSA stated.
The midtown Manhattan Sofitel, where International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted a hotel employee. (Monika Graff/Getty Images)
“I think it is humiliating, but if you don’t want to do the perp walk, don’t do the crime.”
~New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Respondents indicated that the politician most likely to benefit from the scandal was the current president, Nicholas Sarkozy, a conservative whose popularity has waned in recent months. The next most likely to gain was Martine Le Pen, the daughter of extreme-right nationalist firebrand Jean-Marie Le Pen.
The poll surveyed a representative sample of 1,007 men and women nationwide. It found that 54 percent of French people still believe that the Socialist Party has a chance of winning the presidency in 2012.
In the context of the U.S. legal system, how likely is it that a woman falsely accuses her attacker? “By every academic estimate, we’re talking about a range of 2 percent to 8 percent — absolutely no different from any other crime,” writes Susan Estrich, a rape survivor and professor of law and political science at the University of Southern California.
Law enforcement officials are generally very careful to screen allegations before making charges, Estrich said in an email to GlobalPost. Virtually every police and prosecutor’s office in the U.S. has a special victims unit, where accusers are typically scrutinized to see if they can hold up under cross-examination. Many legitimate cases are not winnable, she pointed out. “The big criticism one hears is not that the police and prosecutors do too little screening, but too much; that often, they choose not to bring cases they believe to be meritorious because of their concern that juries will not convict.”
Estrich noted that there are exceptions to this rigorous scrutiny, such as the case involving the Duke lacrosse team, where a prosecutor brought an illegitimate case, apparently to exploit racial politics in the midst of his reelection campaign.
In Strauss-Kahn’s case, the chambermaid’s lawyer, Jeffrey Shapiro, indicated that “she had no idea who [Strauss Kahn] was in the world until approximately the next day.” Shapiro identified her as a 32-year-old single mother caring for a 15-year-old daughter, a woman from Guinea, in West Africa, with little education, who had been in the United States for about seven years.
“She’s done what she’s been asked to do. She feels it’s her responsibility to tell the truth, and this has come at great cost to her. Not only has she given up her personal life, but she feels she’s in physical danger,” Shapiro added. Any notion that she was involved in some form of conspiracy is “ridiculous.”
The New York Post reported today that the woman lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS.
As far as the French are concerned, it’s not only Strauss-Kahn who is on trial. It’s also the American customs of justice.
For example, Le Monde reports that the French are outraged by the “perp walk” — the common practice of marching the accused into court, handcuffed and surrounded by police, through a scrum of photographers. This is alien to French sensibilities, given that it essentially punishes someone still presumed innocent, by tarnishing their reputation prior to trial. The practice of allowing cameras in court has angered many as well. In France, it is a crime to show photos of a handcuffed person before conviction.
French politicians “consider these images of Strauss-Kahn, which the left qualifies as media assassination, to be scandalous,” according to a Le Monde article titled “Perp walk: anti French?” Former French justice minister Elisabeth Guigou called the practice “a brutality, a violence, of an incredible cruelty, and I’m happy that we don’t have the same judiciary system,” the NY Times reports.
On Tuesday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the practice.
“I think it is humiliating, but if you don’t want to do the perp walk, don’t do the crime.” He added that it was sad when someone subject to the perp walk was later revealed to be innocent.
They say about Strauss-Khan’s …
news story. It is all her side. We haven’t heard anything from him. The woman’s story may be true, but Le Monde points to some discrepancies and questions.
Strauss-Kahn’s wife, Ann Sinclair, is reported to be headed to the US. She is one of France’s most popular television personalities. She has a lot of public relations expertise and may be able to present his side of the story. I’m willing to wait to form my opinion. The facts the woman tells are just not entirely credible to me. There are things she is presenting so as to change the picture a bit and others she is leaving out. That is my feeling.
Strauss-Kahn may have a reputation for sexual escapades. But then no one has a bigger one than Berlusconi. And Sarkozy himself was two-timing his wife. Who knows how he conducts himself with hotel maids? Let’s wait this out. DU has become one big hate-fest against this Strauss-Kahn, although no one knows what, if any, defense he will present. This is hate-Strauss-Kahn frenzy is just crazy. I remember seeing a similar reaction when the accusations were made against Blagojevich. Blagojevich was not a saint, but the claims against him were extremely exaggerated and most of them could not be proved. he is a special, rich, powerful, french man that is the great seducer. then the men will wink, nudge adn giggle that women know their place again
Strauss-Kahn is a Socialist with a capital “S” but most of the media are reluctant to identify him as such. He was staying in a $3000 suite & has a reputation for being a Bill Clinton hound dog. Should make for an interesting news cycle.
The maid did not put her card through the key ID on the door of the suite. She claims that another hotel employee was in the suite picking up things when she entered, and that he told her that no one was in the suite. She may have opened one of the doors in the suite without knocking because she thought the place was empty.
And lots of people have personal reasons, personal interests for destroying Strauss-Kahn at this point in history. His wife was a supporter of Pierre Mendez. He and his wife are very popular and very committed to their socialist party. That is a possible motivation for a set-up. I have read that 57% of the French polled think this was a set-up.
“…lawyers for Strauss-Kahn said they were surprised her face was “not very seductive,” the French tabloid France-Soir interviewed a limo driver who works with the hotel, who said the housekeeper “was a very pretty woman in her thirties, with big breasts and a beautiful rear.”" “beautiful rear” usually means a caboose not in conformity with the rest of the body.
What surprised me is people determining whether there is truth to the allegations of rape based on the maid’s looks.
Joseph Stiglitz was talking about this guy moving the IMF in a progressive direction. If that is true that would create all kinds of powerful enemies for this guy. The kind of enemies that would set this man up. It also bothers me that Julian Assange was also accused of rape and like this case the charges moved along very quickly. I was shocked today to see that there was already a grand jury on this case. Usually in rape cases or sexual assault the wheels of justice move very slowly.
He’s not yet been tried, let alone convicted and, like all such crimes, this one needs to be investigated. He may have enemies, but I doubt that many are Mexican or African maids…He’s also been accused of rape or attempted rape by a French journalist whose family he had known (and liked) for quite some time.
“I was shocked today to see that there was already a grand jury on this case. Usually in rape cases or sexual assault the wheels of justice move very slowly”. Actually, this may be a fortunate occurrence for him…Would you rather he sit in Rikers for a long time?
…from arraignment. I don’t know what’s so controversial about that. This sounds like the “it was fast to get arraigned” argument even when arraignment averages under 24 hours in New York. It’s weird, but yeah, the criminal system moves fast when it comes to putting people behind bars. Now the trial? Max time is 6 months unless there are requested delays (for fact finding, etc), and oh boy this will have so many delays it’ll be funny. No trial happens in the alloted statutory time.
BJ. You have to be one horny wacko to want it that way.
Oral contact means he attempted but failed to get much sucking – still sexual assault
I heard he turned a newt into a toad.
he’s no better than the worst of street thugs…If he didn’t have a high priced hotel room, he’d jump her in an alley.
“Why didn’t she just bite him”? Um, because because she was terrified?
Easy enough to say “she should have bit his dick off” but consider how things would have gone for her in such a scenario. Likely he wouldn’t have said “wow, you’ve shown me the error of my ways. I apologize for any inconvenience, now could you please escort me to a hospital?”
Did he actually have sex with her or just feel her up?
…Ummm..Yes, I had “consensual” intercourse with this maid, but only “consensual” feel ups with that maid?….I don’t think so.
Not saying she is lying. But how the heck do you make someone suck your dick?
You shouldn’t find it odd. I can see him forcing it in her mouth. But the act of actually sucking it to completion no less seems odd unless he had a gun to her head. But as someone said above the threat of being sent to her country could have made her comply as well. I suppose it’s also possible that she just held her mouth open while he forcefully penetrated it. The article doesn’t tell us enough.
But I wouldn’t know. I’ve never had to force anyone to do it. But I’m skeptical about this situation
Now I understand your “skepticism”…You’re male. “But the act of actually sucking it to completion no less seems odd unless he had a gun to her head”. First of all, the details, like “completion” etc, are unknown and not even reported but by virtue of their greater strength, men in a violent encounter they initiate, are always “holding a gun” to a woman’s head….He doesn’t need a weapon…He IS a weapon by virtue of his physical power…Hell, if he had her in a choke hold he could have broken her neck, or threatened to.
“I’ve never had to force anyone to do it”…You’ve never “had to force” anyone, huh?… The fact is, Thrill, no sex act should be a question of “force”..No one “has” to, or, as a point of law, in fact, is “allowed” to force anyone into a sex act ..And your framing it that way makes me a little “skeptical” of you.
Deponent states that deponent is informed by an individual known to the District Attorney’s office that defendant
1) shut the door to the above location and prevented informant from leaving the above location;
2) grabbed informant’s breasts without consent;
3) attempted to pull down informant’s pantyhose and forcibly grabbed informant’s vaginal area;
4) forcibly made contact with his penis and informant’s mouth twice; and
5) was able to accomplish the above acts by using actual physical force.
believe it or not, most women who are being threaten, especially with bodily harm, do unwillingly comply. Thats why she told her superiors right after it happened. She is a immigrate probably on a visa or green card to work in the U.S. Naturally a lot of men, especially in one particular party, the party who is waging war on women, are blaming the victim. Heck, she has no money but he is very rich. I can see her being paid off, where she will probably go back to her home country. If being said she didn’t who he was. Nevertheless, this will probably haunt her the best of her life.
In short, money talks.
All eyes on Dominique Strauss-Kahn for his turn in the dock
IMF chief queues up with his cellmates before facing judge in packed Manhattan courtroom
Dominic Rushe, The Guardian, Tuesday 17 May 2011
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, centre, with his laywer Benjamin Brafman, left, during the arraignment in New York. Photograph: Getty Images
There was a gasp from spectators when Dominique Strauss-Kahn was finally led into room 130 of the Manhattan criminal court. It wasn’t as if his appearance was unexpected. An international assembly of journalists had packed the narrow benches for the better part of a day waiting for the 62-year-old IMF boss. It was just that he looked so out of place.
Reporters stood and half crouched to get a better look before being ordered to sit down as Strauss-Kahn was brought in from a backroom in handcuffs. The French presidential candidate and alleged sex offender sat on a bench at the back of the room. He seemed to be trying to shrink himself into the corner as he waited his turn before the judge.
The proceedings started with a retinal scan, a relatively new procedure that is done in the court room. Strauss-Kahn’s cellmates lined up to have their pictures taken first. Some squinted, some widened their eyes as if in shock, some smiled, others looked defiant, one had to lift her long fringe out of the way as the cameraman moved in for her closeup. Strauss-Kahn stared into the lens looking angry, embarrassed and lost.
Looking a little like a Gallic Bernard Madoff, Strauss-Kahn wore a black mac and trousers. They would have appeared smart if they didn’t look like he had slept in them. There was little evidence of the flair and charisma that led to him being known as “the great seducer”.
Despite his slept-in appearance, DSK was still better dressed than his fellow prisoners. Most were 30-plus years younger than him, black or Latino, wearing baggy jeans and T-shirts and carrying baseball caps. All of the other middle-aged white guys in court were wearing uniforms or scribbling in notebooks. They were free to leave whenever they liked.
Most of the accused were on drug charges. Many were sent home on bail, one with a fine of $75, another with a few days’ community service. There were moments of humour. One man accused of drug possession was found with a batch of glassine bags – the packaging of choice for drug merchants. He said he used them to collect buttons.
Every seat was taken and no standing was allowed. Relatives of the accused were unable to find a perch, the accused themselves were told to wait in the corridor for their paperwork. Outside the room an international press pack lobbied for entry until eventually the authorities caved and allowed a few to line the walls.
Many of the journalists had spent the better part of Sunday waiting for Strauss-Kahn’s arraignment and were clearly outstaying their welcome as far as some of the court police were concerned. “Do they think we should do their jobs for them?” said one when asked, again, what the judge’s name was.
Her name is Melissa Jackson, supervising judge for New York county’s criminal court. Jackson has overseen many high-profile cases. Earlier this month she imprisoned two men who allegedly plotted to blow up New York synagogues and possibly the Empire State Building. She is not a woman to be messed with. Jackson once got in to an altercation with rapper, and notorious diva, Foxy Brown. Brown had assaulted a neighbour with her Blackberry. “Counsel, she has gum in her mouth,” Jackson told Brown’s lawyer. The rapper stuck out her tongue to prove she didn’t and soon found herself handcuffed to a bench. Brown got feisty with her would be jailers and refused to apologise until Jackson waved the threat of an extra 30-days in jail before her lawyer.
Strauss-Kahn stood quietly, head bowed as his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, tried to keep him out of jail. Brafman, too, is used to high-profile cases; his former charges have included Sean “P Diddy” Combs and Michael Jackson.
But even he looked distracted as a battery of cameramen was allowed in court to take yet more photos Strauss-Kahn is unlikely to be putting on his mantle. Every step of his downfall seems to have been presented as a photo opportunity.
In the end Strauss-Kahn’s appearance in Manhattan criminal court lasted all of 30 minutes, but it capped a two-day odyssey through the bowels of New York’s criminal system.
After his arrest late on Saturday he was held in a cell in a special victims’ unit in East Harlem as an ever growing press pack waited outside.
He was then placed in a police lineup and identified by his alleged victim, who was escorted from the building beneath a blanket. Strauss-Kahn was to have been in court on Sunday but that was delayed by medical and forensic examinations. Late on Sunday, he was brought out of his Harlem cell in handcuffs to be dazzled by flashbulbs, the “perp-walk” familiar to high-profile suspects and loved by prosecutors and the press.
After all the waiting his first appearance in court brought gasps from the audience. Having failed in his bid for temporary freedom Strauss-Kahn kept his back to the crowd. Then he was led away again, shoulders hunched, to a room at the back of the court where prison bars were clearly visible.
• This article was amended on 17 May 2011. The original said that [Melissa] Jackson waived the threat of an extra 30-days in jail before a lawyer. This has been corrected.
Penangkapan Strauss-Khan Picu Ketidakpastian Pembicaraan Utang Eropa
Selasa, 17 Mei 2011 | 15:33 WIB
PAN PYLAS | ASSOCIATED PRESS | ADITYA BUDIMAN
TEMPO Interaktif, London – Penangkapan Direktur IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn disinyalir akan memicu ketidakpastian mengenai krisis utang di Eropa. Strauss yang pernah menjabat Menteri Keuangan Prancis merupakan sosok yang mampu memahami isu ekonomi dan rumitnya situasi politik di Eropa. Dia juga seorang yang dikenal luas dalam upaya mengatasi persoalan serikat mata uang. Absennya Strauss-Khan akan menambah kekhawatiran dalam jangka panjang mengenai kapasitas IMF untuk membantu Eropa.
“Ini seperti kehilangan nakhoda kapal yang berpengalaman, di saat kapal memasuki wilayah yang belum dikenal,” kata Kepala Analisis IHS Global Insight Jan Randolph.
Sementara itu, pasar melihat penangkapan Strauss-Khan tidak akan berpengaruh banyak terhadap pertemuan tingkat menteri keuangan Eropa. Negara-negara Eropa telah menyetujui pinjaman terhadap Portugal sebesar US$ 111 miliar, sementara bantuan sebesar US$ 156 untuk Yunani masih dalam tahap pembicaraan.
Seperti diberitakan sebelumnya, Direktur IMF sebelumnya, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ditahan karena dugaan kekerasan seksual terhadap petugas kebersihan di Hotel Sofitel New York. Dia ditangkap saat akan terbang ke Paris, Sabtu 14 Mei 2011 lalu. Padahal, Strauss-Kahn dijadwalkan akan bertemu Kanselir Angela Merkel pada Ahad dan para menteri keuangan wilayah Eropa hari Senin dan Selasa untuk membahas persoalan utang negara-negara Eropa.
Menurut Senior Strategis BGC Partners Howard Wheeldon, Strauss memiliki kemampuan mengatasi persoalan politik dan diplomasi yang cenderung dogmatis saat ini. “Untuk saat ini kehilangan dia merupakan sesuatu yang berat meski dalam pengamatan saya hal itu bisa diatasi,” ujar Wheeldon.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Free on $1 Million Bail
May 16, 2011 | 1:49am
by The Daily Beast
Former IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn has been indicted by a grand jury on unknown charges related to the sexual-assault incident, but was granted release on $1 million bail and a promise to stay under house arrest. Read the latest updates below. Plus:
Cheryl Thomas says Strauss-Kahn’s case is already a victory for the U.S. legal system.
Mansfield Frazier to Strauss-Kahn: Don’t flee prison.
DSK arrest leaves his French supporters in despair, Paris-based writer Nina Sutton reports. “Money, women, and my Jewishness,” DSK said were his liabilities with French voters. “Yes, I love women, so what?”
Michelle Goldberg on the narcissists defending Strauss-Kahn.
Bernard-Henri Lévy defends his friend: Don’t assume he’s guilty! (Plus, read Laila Lalami’s satire of Lévy’s column here.)
Former TV producer Joe Halderman, who was also jailed at Rikers Island after he pleaded guilty to blackmailing David Letterman, describes the IMF chief’s new life under lockdown.
The Dish’s Andrew Sullivan on the false moral certainty of defending Strauss-Kahn.
Strauss-Kahn Indicted, but Free on Bail
During a bail hearing in Manhattan Thursday afternoon, Dominque Strauss-Kahn was indicted by a grand jury on unkown charges related to allegations of sexual assault. He was, however, freed on a $1 million bail. As part of the bail agreement, Strauss-Kahn, 62, will be under 24-hour house arrested and will be watched by an armed guard at all times as well as electronically monitored. Strauss-Kahn’s wife and daughter were present at the hearing. The economist, who has been accused of several crimes against a hotel maid including rape, has maintained his innocence.
Madam: Strauss-Kahn Paid for Sex
The hits keep coming. Kristin Davis—the self-proclaimed former madam famous for allegedly supplying escorts to former New York governor Eliot Spitzer—says Dominique Strauss-Kahn also used her services. Strauss-Kahn, who was head of the International Monetary Fund until resigning Wednesday, is being held in New York on charges including attempted rape. Davis says that in January 2006, before he took the IMF gig, Strauss-Kahn shelled out $2,400 for two hours with an “all-American girl.” She also claims that Strauss-Kahn again requested a prostitute during a September 2006 trip to New York for a conference organized by Bill Clinton.
Strauss-Kahn: I Quit
It must have been hard running the International Monetary Fund from Rikers Island. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned from his post as managing director of the IMF, effective immediately. In a letter addressed to the IMF’s board, the embattled French economist said he was quitting “with infinite sadness,” but still denied “with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me.” He continued: “I want to protect the institution which I have served with honor and devotion.” Read the full statement here.
Lagarde Favored as New IMF Head
Even before his official resignation, the race to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the helm of the International Monetary Fund had already begun. French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is considered the favorite to take over Strauss-Kahn’s spot as he battles charges of sexual assault. The former head of a Chicago law firm who lived in the U.S. for 25 years, Lagarde is favored by Europeans who desperately want to keep the post—they have controlled the IMF since it was created in the 1940s. Although one of the biggest drawbacks for Lagarde is her nationality—she is French, like Strauss-Kahn—many applaud the idea of a woman being one of the most powerful people in the world. “What’s happened with Strauss-Kahn underscores how great it would be to have a woman in the role,” said former IMF chief economist Kenneth S. Rogoff.
Police Look for DNA in Hotel Carpet
Police cut out a piece of carpet from a hotel room to look for DNA evidence in the attempted rape case against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Officials say that the carpet may contain Strauss-Kahn’s semen spat onto the carpet after forced oral sex, which would back up the accuser’s story. Defense lawyers for Strauss-Kahn have said that they believe forensic evidence “will not be consistent with a forcible encounter.” Police also planned to examine the accuser’s key card to see if it had been used to enter the room, and how long she was there. NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said detectives had established the accuser’s credibility. He said, “One of the things they’re trained to look for, and what was reported to me early on, was that the complainant was credible.”
Allegation: Strauss-Kahn Assaulted Maid in Mexico
It just keeps getting worse for IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who’s being held in New York on charges including attempted rape. In addition to Tristane Banon, a French journalist who in 2007 claimed Strauss-Kahn had sexually assaulted her, a Mexican newspaper reports that he allegedly assaulted a maid in Mexico, too, although the incident was never reported. The report is based on a book on Strauss-Kahn, and says that the assault happened during a working trip to Mexico. In addition, it alleges that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted another 14 women.
The Narcissists Defending DSK
The aftermath of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal puts the discreet French approach to the private lives of celebrities and public figures in a different light, says The Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg. In the case of Strauss-Kahn, the apologist view that the IMF chief should be treated as innocent by American justice officials only enables powerful men to prey on powerless women. She blasts French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and his “monstrous sense of entitlement,” for a piece he wrote for The Daily Beast in which he defends the IMF chief. Goldberg argues that the U.S. criminal system is doing exactly what it should do—treating Strauss-Kahn in the same manner it would treat anyone. But the American media is not without blame: Goldberg criticizes the U.S. for glomming onto the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s out-of-wedlock child, while letting his history of sexual harassment have little negative effect on his life in Hollywood and politics.
The Bernard-Henri Lévy Controversy
In a story published on The Daily Beast, prominent French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy lamented that Strauss-Kahn has already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, and expressed anger that he was thrown under the bus by his fellow French politicians, who branded him a “scoundrel.” One particular passage in Lévy’s story has caused controversy in the media:
I do not know—but, on the other hand, it would be nice to know, and without delay—how a chambermaid could have walked in alone, contrary to the habitual practice of most of New York’s grand hotels of sending a “cleaning brigade” of two people, into the room of one of the most closely watched figures on the planet.
By questioning the accuser’s account of the event, The Washington Post claimed that Lévy was transferring blame to the victim, writing, “The French philosopher seems to suggest the possibility that the chambermaid made a mistake by going to the hotel room alone. What a quick attempt to cast suspicion on a possible rape victim.” The Post’s Melissa Bell ultimately wrote that his entire piece “smacks of sexism.”
Critics continue to pile on. The Daily Beast’s Laila Lalami wrote a satire of Lévy’s column. “I do not know what actually happened Monday, the day before yesterday, inside the head of Bernard-Henri Lévy,” Lalami writes. “I am troubled by a public figure, modestly termed ‘a leading French intellectual,’ meaning that he gets to decide who should be held responsible for alleged sex crimes.”
French Supporters in Despair
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is the man many French citizens hoped would rid them of the despised President Nicolas Sarkozy. Paris-based writer Nina Sutton describes the despair of those DSK supporters—and their suspicions that he may have gotten caught in a honey trap.
The Maid, the Author, and the Student
The Daily Beast’s Christopher Dickey pinpointed three women who will prove vital in Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s attempted rape case. First, the alleged victim, who is believed to be a 33-year-old African immigrant and single mother who, according to Sofitel management, worked at the hotel for three years and was an exemplary employee. Some accounts claim she is Muslim and normally wears a headscarf, and, while lawyers for Strauss-Kahn said they were surprised her face was “not very seductive,” the French tabloid France-Soir interviewed a limo driver who works with the hotel, who said the housekeeper “was a very pretty woman in her thirties, with big breasts and a beautiful rear.” The second woman is Tristane Banon, who was a fledgling 22-year-old writer interviewing celebrities for her book Admitted Mistakes, back in 2002, when she alleged Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her. She talked about the incident on a French talk show called 93, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 2007, saying, “It went very badly with [bleep],” half laughing as she compared him to a “rutting chimpanzee.” And last but not least, there is Camille Strauss-Kahn—the daughter of Strauss-Kahn who has been studying at Columbia University. Although her lunch with her father on Saturday after the rape may not prove to be an alibi, a source close to the former IMF chief’s lawyers maintains that his calm demeanor during the meal was “not really the behavior of a man who has just tried to rape someone.” Banon’s lawyers say she is now preparing to file a complaint, while Camille may be put on the stand.
Locked Up at Rikers Island
Before it was eventually granted, Strauss-Kahn’s request for $1 million bail was denied by a New York judge on Monday, who then sent the prominent French politician to the Rikers Island prison near La Guardia Airport in New York City. Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to the seven charges. He faces up to 25 years in prison on the charges, but Strauss-Kahn and his team said they are ready to fight. Joe Halderman, a former TV producer who was locked up at Rikers for attempting to blackmail David Letterman, describes what the IMF chief is in for.
Lawyers: He’s Got an Alibi
The plot thickens. Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn say they have an alibi for the International Monetary Fund chief, according to a French radio station. The lawyers say Strauss-Kahn was having lunch with his daughter at the time when a hotel maid says he chased her down a corridor, forced her into a room, and attempted to rape her. The lawyers say they have material evidence and witnesses, and that Strauss-Kahn will plead not guilty. Strauss-Kahn was arrested minutes before his Paris-bound flight was scheduled to take off from JFK, threatening a scandalous end to the career of the IMF managing director and presumed opponent of Nicholas Sarkozy in the upcoming French presidential elections.
The Other Legal Complaint
And the other shoe drops: the lawyer of a French woman who says that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in 2002 said Monday that the woman would like to file a legal complaint. Tristane Banon reportedly felt “pressured” not to press charges by her own mother after the initial event, but the recent allegations against Strauss-Kahn have persuaded her to do so now. “She knows she’ll be heard and she knows she’ll be taken seriously,” her lawyer said.
Anne Mansouret, a local official of France’s Socialist Party, claims Strauss-Kahn had attacked her daughter, who is goddaughter to Strauss-Kahn’s second wife, back in 2002, according to The Guardian. Banon interviewed Strauss-Kahn in 2002, and in 2007 described him in a TV program as “a rutting chimpanzee” who had to be fought off by Banon. “It finished badly … very violently … I kicked him,” Banon said. “When we were fighting, I mentioned the word ‘rape’ to make him afraid, but it didn’t have any effect. I managed to get out.””
Banon’s mother discouraged her from pressing charges, citing the close links between the two families, and believing that the “otherwise warm” man’s actions were out of character. “Today I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter from complaining. I bear a heavy responsibility,” Mansouret said.
The Real Crisis at IMF
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s perp walk certainly didn’t help his reputation, but it may have hurt the IMF’s more. Daniel Stone on what the monetary fund really does—and why the scandal could end up seriously damaging Europe’s economy. Read it here.
Hotel Security Tricked Stauss-Kahn Into Giving His Location
Early reports about the arrest mentioned that Strauss-Kahn had left behind a cell phone that helped give him up. Now we know how: after leaving the hotel, he called and inquired about his missing phone, The Wall Street Journal reports. Hotel security lied and told Strauss-Kahn they had the phone and asked for a location where they could meet him to return it. When Strauss-Kahn told them he was at JFK airport, they tipped off the police, who swooped in and made the arrest.
IMF Appoints John Lipsky as Acting Director
On Sunday afternoon, the IMF named John Lipsky its acting managing director while Stauss-Kahn was being held in New York. Lipsky was the IMF’s first deputy managing director, so his promotion falls in line with IMF procedures, according to an IMF spokesman. A former banker at JP Morgan, Lipsky had been overseeing the logistics of the Greek economy’s bailout. He also worked as an executive of the U.S. Treasury.
The Affair That Started the Talk
In 2008 Strauss-Kahn admitted to an affair was with Piroska Nagy, a Hungarian economist who then worked in the African division of the IMF. According to her husband, Kahn seduced her at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the two began an extramarital affair. In January 2008, Nagy’s husband discovered emails that gave the cheating pair away, and their adultery became a minor international scandal. Kahn apologized publicly for what he called “a serious error in judgment,” and was investigated by the IMF for allegedly pressuring Nagy to resign from the IMF once the affair ended and using his influence to guarantee her a better salary at her new job. He was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but the affair led the French Sunday paper Le Journal de Dimache, for which his wife wrote at the time, to dub him le grand seducteur.
Nagy later said, “I was not prepared for the advances of the IMF director general. I didn’t know what to do … I felt damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” Nagy left her job at the IMF after the affair, and claimed that Strauss-Kahn had “without question” used his higher standing to seduce her.
A Fallen Candidate
Strauss-Kahn was also expected to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy as the Socialist candidate for the French presidency. According to a poll for a Parisian newspaper, just prior to the charges the IMF chief was receiving 41 percent of the vote for his party; and with Nicholas Sarkozy’s approval ratings at a record low, stood a great chance at unseating the French president, according to The Guardian. Just last week, Strauss-Kahn claimed to be a victim of a “smear campaign” orchestrated by Sarkozy as details emerged in the French press of his allegedly luxurious lifestyle, including exorbitantly expensive suits.
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The Strauss-Khan embarrassment and the eurozone
By Peter Oborne
Last updated: May 16th, 2011
Arrested in New York: Strauss-Khan (Photo: EPA)
The arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan following allegations that he tried to molest a New York chambermaid is being portrayed as a massive stroke of good fortune for French president Nicholas Sarkozy, whose most plausible opponent has been destroyed overnight.
But the bigger significance of Strauss-Kahn’s embarrassment concerns the eurozone. I have just received a fascinating email from my friend Max King noting that for several months it has been glaringly obvious that there is a contradiction between Strauss-Kahn’s presidential ambitions and his role as head of the IMF.
It must have been very hard for Strauss-Kahn to be a disinterested participant on the bail-out of European economies. Under him the IMF has been extremely quick to come to the rescue of Greece, Portugal and Ireland. It has shared the extremely controversial EU analysis that bail-outs have been the answer, rather than bankruptcy or even devaluation and therefore exit from the eurozone.
So the question is this: has the EU sequestered the resources which is supposed to be to sort out the finances of developing economies for its own purposes, handing the bill to the US, UK , Japan and others? What is to prevent it doubling the facility? Regardless of the chambermaid accusations in the US, does Strauss-Kahn’s nationality and political ambitions make him hopelessly compromised to play an independent role in a global institution?
Meanwhile Max has a suggestion for Strauss-Kahn’s replacement: “Paul Martin. He was Minister of Finance of Canada in the 1990s and saved Canada from bankruptcy. As a Canadian, he will be regarded as a genuine independent who has earned global respect. As PM from 2003-6 he clearly has the stature. He left politics in 2008. At 73, he is a bit old. But so was Reagan.”
Tags: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF, Nicholas Sarkozy, Paul Martin
Strauss Khan Kelelahan, Istri Beri Dukungan
Yuni Astutik – Okezone
Senin, 16 Mei 2011 11:53 wib
Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Foto: AP
NEW YORK – Reputasi Dominique Strauss-Kahn dengan wanita yang dijuluki “si penggoda besar” nampaknya bisa mengubah statusnya sebagai pemimpin Internasional Monetary Fund (IMF).
Status pencalonan dirinya sebagai presiden Prancis tahun depan bisa sirna, sesaat tudingan kekerasan seksual di sebuah kamar hotel dihembuskan kepadanya.
Tuduhan ini pun bisa menghancurkan kesempatannya dalam pemilihan presiden yang mulai memanas. Di mana dakwaan yang dilayangkan kepadanya ditunda hingga Senin ini. Pengacara Strauss-Kahn, William Taylor, saat ini sedang melakukan pengujian terhadap dakwaan tersebut.
“Klien kami bersedia menyetujui pemeriksaan ilmiah dan forensik. Strauss nampak lelah. Namun dipastikan ia dalam keadaan baik-baik saja,” ungkap Taylor dikutip dari Associated Press (AP), Senin (16/5/2011).
Pengacara kedua Strauss-Khan, Benjamin Brafman menyatakan bahwa kliennya akan mengaku tidak bersalah. “Dia berniat dengan penuh semangat membela tuduhan tersebut dan menyangkal melakukan kesalahan apapun,” jelas Benjamin.
Sebenarnya, bagaimana awal mula kejadian ini? Strauss-Kahn yang berusia 62 tahun ini ditangkap kurang dari empat jam setelah kabar kekerasan tersebut tersiar. Dirinya ditangkap saat akan menaiki penerbangan Air France kelas pertama dari Prancis, Paris, yang ketika itu pesawat baru saja meninggalkan bandara Internasional John F Kennedy.
Tidak diketahui untuk apa kunjungannya saat itu ke New York. IMF diketahui memang berbasis di Washington DC, dan saat itu dirinya harus segera melakukan pertemuan dengan Kanselir Jerman Angela Merkel.
Adapun kisah tuduhan kekerasan tersebut terjadi tatkala pelayan hotel (32 tahun), masuk ke dalam kamar Strauss. Sang pelayan meyakini bila kamar tersebut kosong saat dirinya masuk. Namun tiba-tiba Straus muncul dari kamar mandi tanpa busana, dan langsung saja berlari untuk mengejarnya dan menariknya ke kamar tidur.
Wanita tersebut berusaha menolak dan melawan, namun kemudian Strauss memaksa dan menyeretnya ke kamar mandi. Akhirnya wanita tersebut mampu membebaskan diri, dan lolos dari ruangan tersebut lalu akhirnya melapor kepada staf hotel tentang apa yang terjadi.
Strauss sendiri sudah lenyap saat detektif tiba di tempat kejadian. Dia hanya meninggalkan sebuah ponsel dalam ruangan tersebut. “Dia nampak keluar dari ruangan tersebut dengan terburu-buru,” terang juru bicara Departemen Kepolisian, Paul J Browne.
Sementara itu, istri Strauss-Kahn, Anne Sinclair mengaku tidak mempercayai apa yang tengah menimpa suaminya. “Saya tidak percaya untuk satu detik tuduhan diajukan terhadap suami saya. Saya tidak meragukan suami saya, dan saya yakin dia tidak berasalah,” paparnya.
Sedangkan putrinya, Stephanie Plou yang saat ini tengah sekolah dan mengambil jurusan sastra menyatakan hal tersebut mungkin saja akan menjadi yang terbaik. “Ini mungkin harus terungkap suatu hari. Lebih baik sekarang daripada ketika dia seandainya sudah menjadi presiden,” tutur Plou.
Karir Strauss-Kahn diawali menjadi Menteri Industri Prancis dan Menteri Keuangan pada 1990-an. Dia pun dipersiapkan Prancis untuk mengamankan euro dan menjinakkan defisit. Dia menjabat sebagai kepala IMF pada November 2007. IMF merupakan lembaga donor untuk 187 negara, yang memberikan bantuan dalam bentuk pinjaman.
Seperti diketahui, IMF memegang peranan penting dalam upaya untuk mengendalikan krisis utang Eropa, di mana Strauss-Kahn menjadi orang nomor satu di dalamnya.
I.M.F. Names New Leader
By AL BAKER and STEVEN ERLANGER
Published: May 15, 2011
William K. Rashbaum and Colin Moynihan contributed reporting.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: May 15, 2011
An earlier version of this article misstated the year of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s marriage to Anne Sinclair. It is 1991, not 1995.
Hours after its chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in connection with the alleged sexual attack of a maid at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, the International Monetary Fund on Sunday named John Lipsky as acting managing director.
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John Lipsky will step in to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn as director of the I.M.F. Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Mr. Lipsky, the I.M.F.’s first deputy managing director, is a former U.S. Treasury executive and onetime banker at JP Morgan. William Murray, an I.M.F. spokesman, said that Mr. Lipsky, who has been overseeing the logistics of the bailout of the Greek economy, would meet with members of the I.M.F. board in Washington later in the day, according to Reuters.
“In line with standard I.M.F. procedures, John Lipsky, first deputy managing director, is acting managing director while the M.D. is not in D.C.,” Mr. Murray said in a statement. “Mr. Lipsky will chair the informal Board session today.”
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, was awaiting arraignment on Sunday evening in Manhattan. The New York Police Department formally arrested him at 2:15 that morning “on charges of criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and an unlawful imprisonment in connection with a sexual assault on a 32-year-old chambermaid in the luxury suite of a Midtown Manhattan hotel yesterday” about 1 p.m., Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, said.
Meanwhile, the woman who told the police she was sexually attacked by Mr. Strauss-Kahn picked him out of a police lineup Sunday. After making the identification, she left in a police van amid a gaggle of reporters.
Reached by telephone, Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer, said he would be representing Mr. Strauss-Kahn with William Taylor, a lawyer in Washington.
Early Sunday morning, Mr. Brafman said that his client “will plead not guilty.”
Mr. Strauss-Kahn was widely expected to become the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, was apprehended by detectives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the first-class section of the jetliner, and immediately turned over to detectives from the Midtown South Precinct, officials said.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a former French finance minister, had been expected to declare his candidacy soon, after three and a half years as the leader of the fund, which is based in Washington. He was considered by many to have done a good job in a period of intense global economic strain, when the institution itself had become vital to the smooth running of the world and the European economy.
His apprehension came at about 4:40 p.m. at Kennedy Airport, when two detectives of the Port Authority suddenly boarded Air France Flight 23, as the plane idled at the departure gate, said John P. L. Kelly, a spokesman for the agency.
“It was 10 minutes before its scheduled departure,” Mr. Kelly said. “They were just about to close the doors.”
Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Strauss-Kahn was traveling alone and that he was not handcuffed during the apprehension.
“He complied with the detectives’ directions,” Mr. Kelly said.
The Port Authority officers were acting on information from the Police Department, whose detectives had been investigating the assault of a female employee of Sofitel New York, at 45 West 44th Street, near Times Square. Working quickly, the city detectives learned he had boarded a flight at Kennedy Airport to leave the country.
Though Mr. Strauss-Kahn received generally high marks for his stewardship of the fund, his reputation was tarnished in 2008 by an affair with a Hungarian economist who was a subordinate there. The fund decided to stand by him despite concluding that he had shown poor judgment in the affair. Mr. Strauss-Kahn issued an apology to I.M.F. employees and to his wife, Anne Sinclair, an American-born French journalist, who he married in 1991.
In his statement then, Mr. Strauss-Kahn said, “I am grateful that the board has confirmed that there was no abuse of authority on my part, but I accept that this incident represents a serious error of judgment.” The economist, Piroska Nagy, left the fund as part of a buyout of nearly 600 employees instituted by Mr. Strauss-Kahn to cut costs.
In the New York case, Mr. Browne said that it was about 1 p.m. on Saturday when the maid, a 32-year-old woman, entered Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s suite — Room 2806 — believing it was unoccupied. Mr. Browne said that the suite, which cost $3,000 a night, had a foyer, a conference room, a living room and a bedroom, and that Mr. Strauss-Khan had checked in on Friday.
As she was in the foyer, “he came out of the bathroom, fully naked, and attempted to sexually assault her,” Mr. Browne said, adding, “He grabs her, according to her account, and pulls her into the bedroom and onto the bed.” He locked the door to the suite, Mr. Browne said.
“She fights him off, and he then drags her down the hallway to the bathroom, where he sexually assaults her a second time,” Mr. Browne added.
At some point during the assault, the woman broke free, Mr. Browne said, and “she fled, reported it to other hotel personnel, who called 911.” He added, “When the police arrived, he was not there.” Mr. Browne said Mr. Strauss-Kahn appeared to have left in a hurry. In the room, investigators found his cellphone, which he had left behind, and one law enforcement official said that the investigation uncovered forensic evidence that would contain DNA.
William Taylor, left, and Benjamin Brafman, the lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, left theSpecial Victims Unit headquarters in New York on Sunday.
Mr. Browne added, “We learned that he was on an Air France plane,” and the plane was held at the gate, where Mr. Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody. Later Saturday night, Mr. Browne said Mr. Strauss-Kahn was in a police holding cell.
Mr. Browne said the city’s Emergency Medical Service took the maid to Roosevelt Hospital for what Mr. Browne described as treatment for “minor injuries.”
No matter the outcome of Saturday’s episode, it will most likely throw the French political world into turmoil and the Socialist Party into an embarrassed confusion.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a leading member of the party, has been considered the front-runner for the next presidential election in France in May 2012. Opinion polls have shown him to be the Socialists’ most popular candidate and running well ahead of the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, who leads the center-right party.
France has been waiting for Mr. Strauss-Kahn to decide whether to run for his party’s nomination in a series of primaries, which would mean giving up his post at the fund.
The view in France was that if Mr. Strauss-Kahn wanted to run, he would have to make his intentions clear early this summer, and most politicians and analysts have been predicting that he would not be able to resist the chance to run the country.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn contested for the nomination five years ago, losing to Ségolène Royal, who ultimately lost a second-round runoff to Mr. Sarkozy. Mr. Sarkozy then arranged for Mr. Strauss-Kahn to get the I.M.F. job, partly to remove a popular rival from France’s political landscape.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn was the French minister of economy under the Socialist prime minister Lionel Jospin, from 1997 to 1999, and he has also been a professor of economics at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
In 1995, he was elected mayor of Sarcelles, a poor suburb of Paris.
The couple are known to enjoy the finer things in life, and Mr. Strauss-Kahn has sometimes been attacked for being a “caviar leftist.”
Recently Mr. Strauss-Kahn and his wife were photographed entering an expensive Porsche in Paris belonging to one of their friends. The image of a Socialist with Porsche tastes was quickly picked up by the news media, especially the newspapers that generally support Mr. Sarkozy.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sex arrest could end presidential hopes
France may have a habit of turning a blind eye to its leaders’ sexual indiscretions, but the IMF chief’s arrest could end that
Kim Willsher in Paris
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 15 May 2011 11.47 BST
Dominique Strauss-Kahn last week claimed he was the victim of a smear campaign by Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
This time next year Dominique Strauss-Kahn might well have been president of France: the 62-year-old was by far the most popular Socialist candidate and was seen as the only man who could unseat Nicolas Sarkozy.
Of the half a dozen candidates expected to run for the Socialist party nomination , he was the obvious frontrunner. A poll for the Parisien newspaper on Sunday gave him 41% of votes among card-carrying members of his party, way ahead of former party secretary François Hollande.
And with Sarkozy’s popularity at a record low “DSK”, as he is known, was well on track to getting his hands on the keys of the Elysée Palace in the two-round presidential election in April and May.
Friends and supporters had warned him the fight would be dirty. Last week he claimed to be the victim of a “smear campaign” orchestrated by Sarkozy to damage him after details emerged of his luxury lifestyle. Questions about his wealth were prompted by photographs of him climbing into a friend’s £87,000 Porsche outside his £3.5m Paris home. In a separate case, DSK is suing France Soir over a report alleging he had spent up to $35,000 (£22,000) on suits, an allegation he denies.
His supporters said the affair was mere mud-slinging by members of the ruling right, but then DSK has never needed anyone else to orchestrate potentially damaging incidents.
His reputation for sexual indiscretions appears to be well-established.
In 2008, he had a well-documented affair with Piroska Nagy, a Hungarian economist and a junior colleague at the IMF. He was forced to publicly apologise for “an error of judgment” but was cleared of abusing his position.
DSK insisted the relationship was consensual, but after his wife, the French journalist Anne Sinclair, described it as a “one-night stand”, an indignant Nagy wrote to investigators looking into the affair.
“In spite of my long professional life I was not prepared for the advances of the IMF Director General. I didn’t know what to do … I felt damned if I do, damned if I don’t,” she wrote. “After a while I made the serious mistake of being drawn into a brief affair.”
Nagy, who left her job at the IMF after the affair, hinted at harassment of female staff and said that for her it was “without question”, her boss had used his position to get to her.
Sinclair, Strauss-Kahn’s third wife, told French journalists she forgave her husband: “We love each other as much as before,” she said.
In 2009, the radio satirist Stephane Guillon dedicated his morning comedy slot on France Inter to DSK’s “obsession with females”.
“Exceptional security measures have been taken here at Radio France in order not to awaken the beast … In order to guarantee the safety of personnel, female workers must wear long, dark, unrevealing clothes that are anti-sex. High heels, leather pants and chic lingerie are banned. The head of information, who will greet DSK, will wear a burqa.
“Dark corners like the toilets, car park, some cupboards, have been momentarily closed off.” He added: “But no panic. We have put bromide in his coffee … and we have two cameras, the usual one on the table and a second under it.”
DSK was not amused, and accused Guillon of “nastiness” when he was interviewed shortly afterwards.
Agnes Poirier, a French journalist based in London, wrote in the Guardian that DSK was “a womaniser of great charisma, intelligence and charm … For better or worse, his behaviour is part of our culture.”
France’s only socialist president, François Mitterrand, famously led a secret double life with a mistress and child installed a stone’s throw from the Elysée Palace. His successor, the right-of-centre president Jacques Chirac, was nicknamed “three-minute-shower-included” by his staff for his philandering, as was revealed in a book by his chauffeur of 25 years, Jean-Claude Laumont.
But rumours of their indiscretions did not stop either man being elected for a second term in office and, until now, had not ruled out DSK from standing for the highest office in France.
Leading members of the Socialist party have refused to comment on the allegations, rightly pointing out that like any other suspect DSK has the right of presumed innocence until found guilty.
The voters may decide otherwise. Jacques Attali, former adviser to Mitterrand, told French radio that he considered DSK’s presidential election hopes were finished. “He is pleading not guilty and he may well be not guilty … but he can’t be a candidate,” Attali said.
Dominique Strauss-Khan in sex book claims
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund is an incorrigible seducer whose weakness for women could fatally scupper his presidential ambitions, a new book has claimed.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn with his wife Anne Sinclair. Photo: REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles
Henry Samuel in Paris 9:44PM BST 09 May 2010
The leader French Socialist and former finance minister is considered perhaps the only politician in a position to beat President Nicolas Sarkozy should he run against him in elections in 2012. But according to the book – said to be written by a close female aide – his penchant for the opposite sex could knock him out of the race even before it starts.
The book claims the 61-year-old Mr Strauss-Kahn – married to Anne Sinclair, a famous French TV presenter – has had a string of extra-marital affairs and that photographs exist of him coming out of a wife-swapping club.
Frédéric Lefebvre, a Sarkozy adviser, boasted in 2007 that he had seen photographs of DSK, as the French call him that would wreck any presidential bid. “He wouldn’t last a week,” Mr Lefebvre said. “We’ll circulate them.” The book, Secrets of a Presidential Contender, is by an anonymous French author calling herself Cassandre, and who claims to be in DSK’s inner circle of advisers.
She writes: “He is always on the hunt for new women.
“He is a pleasure seeker. Like all great political animals, he has trouble controlling himself.
“His eye for women is sharp as a laser. When he enters a cafe, an office or any public place, the ritual is the same.
“He does a little survey, turning his head almost imperceptibly to the left, then to the right, while carrying on talking. It lasts only a few seconds, just enough time to evaluate his chances.
“After identifying his prey, he bombards them with text messages, usually with the opening salvo ‘I want you’.
“He is direct and makes no concessions.”
Mr Sarkozy – not known for his monastic tendencies – is even said to have warned DSK about his weakness for women before he left to run the IMF in New York.
“Over there they don’t joke about this sort of thing. Your life will be passed under a magnifying glass. Avoid taking the lift alone with interns.
France cannot permit a scandal,” the president is quoted as warning him.
But within weeks, DSK was accused of showing favouritism to Piroska Nagy, a Hungarian economist in the fund’s Africa department, with whom he had conducted a brief affair.
One of DSK’s advisers is said to have exclaimed: “But you’ve only been here a month!”
Mrs Nagy later declared: “I believe that man (DSK) has a problem.” His wife forgave him on her blog and he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
However, the author claims the IMF affair may only be the tip of the iceberg, quoting French actress Danielle Evenou as saying: “Who hasn’t been cornered by Dominique Strauss-Kahn?” She tells of another female Socialist MP who claims she makes sure she is never alone in a room with him.
Tristane Banon, a writer, claims she had to fend Mr Strauss-Kahn off with kicks and punches when he invited her to a meeting in a room furnished with a double bed and a television.
When he turned up for a radio interview in France last year, the house comedian advised female staff to wear long garments to avoid “awakening the beast”.
Some French commentators suggest DSK approved the book to pre-empt any further revelations as he considers entering the presidential race.
A recent poll suggested he would win the Socialist party’s presidential primaries and go on to narrowly beat Mr Sarkozy in a run-off.
But Manuel Valls, a fellow Socialist, is quoted in the book as saying: “Even in a country so famously relaxed about adultery, this women business could bring him down in mid-flight.”
7 Fakta Kebohongan Irma Nici Soal Beckham
Kamis, 30 September 2010, 00:31 WIB
David Beckham yakin akan menang melawan pelacur yang mengaku-ngaku bercinta dengannya.
VIVAnews – Pesepakbola David Beckham merasa sedang berada di atas angin. Ia merasa apa yang ditudingkan terhadap pelacur bernama Irma Nici sebagai pembohong benar adanya. Ia merasa yakin pernyataan Irma Nici yang mengaku telah tidur dengannya hanyalah pengakuan palsu belaka. Beckham makin yakin dengan kebohongan yang dilakukan Irma Nici karena ia memiliki bukti-bukti kuat yang bisa membantah pengakuan pelacur berdarah Bosnia. Apa saja bukti-bukti itu?
1. Irma mengatakan ia bercinta dengan Beckham di hotel Manhattan Le parker Meridien Hotel pada Agustus 2007. Tetapi, salah seorang karyawan hotel mengaku tak pernah tahu Beckham ataupun wanita itu mengunjungi hotelnya. “Saya tahu kalau ada Beckham meskipun itu kalau dia hanya minum-minum saja. Kami sudah mengecek nama ia ataupun wanita itu tetapi tidak ada,” kata senior manajer hotel tersebut seperti dikutip dari News of the World, Kamis 30 September 2010. Dan yang paling mengejutkan adalah Irma tidak yakin dengan tanggal pertemuan mereka.
2. Irma mengungkapkan jika ia dikenalkan Beckham oleh temannya. Tetapi, Irma tak mau menyebutkan nama temannya tersebut.
3. Irma mengaku sudah bercinta dengan pria yang akrab disapa Becks ini beberapa kali. lalu, ia mengundang teman wanitanya untuk melakukan threesome dengan Beckham. Tapi, Irma menolak untuk mempublikasikan nama temannya itu. Ia hanya mengatakan nama gadis itu adalah Jess. Davis, seorang germo itu mengatakan wanita itu tak akan pernah muncul. “Ia tak akan pernah keluar,” ucap Davis.
4. Irma mengatakan jika dirinya mendapat panggilan dari hotel Manhattan atas nama Beckham. Tapi, ketika ditekan, ia tidak bisa membuktikannya. Ia beralibi jika ia telah kehilangan password untuk akses internet ke akun ponselnya. Dan ia mengakui ia tidak memiliki dokumentasi. Ini aneh, karena selama ini wanita itu selalu bilang mencatat secara rinci semua kliennya.
5. Saat diminta untuk menunjukkan bukti imigrasinya kalau ia benar ke Amerika Serikat untuk bertemu dengan Beckham di New York, Irma tidak memiliki dokumen itu. Ia mengklaim tasnya hilang karena dicuri.
6. Irma juga pernah mengungkapkan jika ia pernah melakukan hubungan intim dengan Beckham di London. Lagi-lagi, Irma tak bisa membuktikannya karena penerimaan kartu kredit yang menunjukkan ia ada di sana tidak tersedia.
7. Ia menolak melakukan tes detektor kebohongan. Alasannya ia khawatir polisi berkesempatan untuk menyatakan dirinya adalah seorang pelacur walaupun ia telah mengakuinya di media cetak. (pet)
Irma Nici, David Beckham’s Mistress? Prostitute Tells All (PICTURE)
First Posted: 09-22-10 09:38 AM | Updated: 09-22-10 01:51 PM
Irma Nici, a 26-year-old former prostitute, claims to have carried on a steamy affair with soccer superstar David Beckham, In Touch reports. The brunette beauty tells the magazine that Beckham agreed to pay her $10,000 for one night of passion. After an hour of foreplay, Nici says the two had sex for 15 minutes. Nici claims the sex was “nothing freaky,” and she rates Beckham’s lovemaking as a 7.5 out of 10. Scroll down for more from In Touch, including a picture of Nici, and check out the magazine’s latest issue for even more details.
In a worldwide exclusive interview with In Touch, Irma Nici, a former high-class call girl, claims she’s slept with the world’s most famous soccer star, David Beckham, five times in 2007 and spills every dirty detail of their affair. “It was a high,” Irma, 26, tells In Touch. “All of these women dream of being with him, and I got to hook up with him. It was very exciting.”
Irma claims that after agreeing on a price of $10,000 to stay the night, the two spent the next hour engaged in steamy foreplay. Irma says she then “whipped out” a condom and the two had sex for 15 minutes, but it was “nothing freaky,” she remembers. “He was very gentle and kind.” On a scale of 1 to 10, Irma rates David a 7½ as a lover. “He knew what he was doing.” She also recalls that David used lotion from the hotel bathroom to pleasure himself. “It was perfumed, so it kind of burned him!”
During their initial sexual encounter, David even opened up about wife of 11 years, Victoria. Irma says that David told her he preferred Victoria’s old curvier body. “He was saying that he liked her body more before,” she says. David also revealed to Irma that he is “more of a butt man than a breast man.”
For more of In Touch’s exclusive cover story about Beckham’s affair, pick up the latest copy of In Touch, on newsstands now. UPDATE: Beckham’s rep denies the charge and says, “We are taking legal action against the magazine.”
How Jewish is Dominique Strauss-Kahn?
October 23, 2008. Last updated: 10:52am, May 18 2011
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French head of the International Monetary Fund, has hit the headlines not over the way he is dealing with the world’s ailing finances, but rather because he has been embroiled in a fling with a subordinate. We thought it was worth checking that there was definitely nothing Jewish about him.
Sacre bleu – according to our team of halachic researchers, Strauss-Kahn is half-Ashkenazi, half-Sephardi, but completely Jewish by birth. He has associated himself with the fight against antisemitism – he was MP for Sarcelles, an area with France’s highest density of Jews, and said: “Antisemitism in our country is growing and it would be wrong not to see it.” His wife, Ann Sinclair, is also Jewish. Strauss-Kahn follows in a tradition of Jewish bosses of international financial institutions becoming embroiled in scandal… No, stop, we’re really not going to go there. Not helpful to the Jews. So we won’t even mention the trouble Paul Wolfowitz had at the World Bank last year.
Not a huge amount here, we’re afraid. His girlfriend, Piroska Nagy, does not seem to be Jewish, although you do not get a higher score for having a Yiddishe mistress anyway. Kahn sounds a bit Indian – sorry, we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here.
Il est un Juif.
So we say he is 89% Jewish
Strauss is innocent, OK
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The 10th Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
In office: 1 November 2007 – 18 May 2011
Dominique Gaston André Strauss-Kahn (French pronunciation; born 25 April 1949), often referred to in the media as DSK, is a French economist, lawyer, and politician, and a member of the French Socialist Party. Strauss-Kahn became the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 28 September 2007 and served in that role until his resignation on 18 May 2011.
He is a full professor of economics at the Paris Institute for Political Studies (“Sciences Po”). Strauss-Kahn was Minister of Economy and Finance from 1997 to 1999 as part of Lionel Jospin’s “Plural Left” government. He belongs to the right wing of the PS (which is on the center-left of French politics) and sought the nomination in the primaries to the Socialist presidential candidacy for the 2007 election, but he was defeated by Ségolène Royal in November 2006.
In May 2011, Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York City and charged with the sexual assault of a maid who was cleaning his Sofitel hotel suite. Strauss-Kahn has not yet entered a plea, but denied all charges. He was later released on US$1 million bail.
Minister for Industry (1991–1993)
In 1991, he was nominated by Mitterrand to be Junior Minister for Industry and Foreign Trade in Édith Cresson’s social-democrat government.
Minister for Economics, Finances and Industry (1997–1999)
In 1997, Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (PS) appointed Strauss-Kahn as Minister for Economics, Finance and Industry, making him one of the most influential ministers in his Plural Left government.
Allegations of sexual misconduct
In 2007, Tristane Banon, a French journalist and writer, accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2002, but she did not press charges. As of 17 May 2011, mainstream media were reporting that Banon was preparing to file a legal complaint relating to the alleged attack.
In 2008, the IMF Board appointed an independent investigator following allegations that Strauss-Kahn had had an affair with a subordinate, Piroska Nagy, who was married at the time to economist Mario Blejer. Nagy alleged that Strauss-Kahn had used his position to coerce her into the affair. She was later made redundant and Strauss-Kahn assisted her in getting a new job. The IMF board issued the findings of the investigation; while noting that the affair was “regrettable and reflected a serious error of judgment on the part of the managing director”, the board cleared Strauss-Kahn of harassment, favoritism or abuse of power, and indicated that he would remain in his post. Strauss-Kahn issued a public apology for the affair. Le Journal du Dimanche dubbed him “le grand séducteur” (the Great Seducer).