The wealthy politician as rapist

The head of the International Monetary Fund, a likely Socialist candidate for the presidency of France, was yanked out of his first class cabin on a plane just before it was set to take off and was arrested for sexual assault.

Haggard and unshaven after a weekend in jail, the chief of the International Monetary Fund was denied release on bail Monday on charges of trying to rape a hotel maid as allegations of other, similar attacks by Dominique Strauss-Kahn began to emerge.

In France, a lawyer for a novelist said the writer is likely to file a criminal complaint accusing Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her nine years ago. A French lawmaker accused him of attacking other maids in previous stays at the same luxury hotel. And in New York, prosecutors said they are working to verify reports of at least one other case, which they suggested was overseas.

Strauss-Kahn’s weekend arrest rocked the financial world as the IMF grapples with the European debt crisis, and upended French presidential politics. Strauss-Kahn, a member of France’s Socialist party, was widely considered the strongest potential challenger next year to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Making his first appearance on the sex charges, a grim-looking Strauss-Kahn stood slumped before a judge in a dark raincoat and open-collared shirt. The 62-year-old, silver-haired Strauss-Kahn said nothing as a lawyer professed his innocence and strove in vain to get him released on bail.

The judge ruled against him after prosecutors warned that the wealthy banker might flee to France and put himself beyond the reach of U.S. law like the filmmaker Roman Polanski.

via IMF chief jailed without bail in NYC attempted-rape case; more allegations emerge – The Washington Post.

The story goes on to give the sordid details of the attack on the maid, an African immigrant, who went in to clean the $3000-per-night room and was attacked by the naked Strauss-Kahn.  This was no sexual harassment charge by “puritanical” Americans, as some Frenchmen are saying.  Rather, it was a brutal, violent attempted rape.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    Oh… For a moment there the headline suggested the article was going to be about Bill Clinton, Teddy Kennedy, or Chris Dodd.

  • Carl Vehse

    Oh… For a moment there the headline suggested the article was going to be about Bill Clinton, Teddy Kennedy, or Chris Dodd.

  • Philippe Volff

    Pinpointing America’s puritanism is a rather mainline French opinion indeed. But it hasn’t been the case this time. The media simply wrote that DSK’s behaviour with women was bound to be a problem when he took a job in an anglo-saxon culture, which was proven by his affair in 2008. They don’t see anything “puritanical” today, since the case would be prosecuted in a similar way in France. A majority simply says he shouldn’t be considered guilty unless, or until, justice says so at the end of his trial, as it is a human right in both our nations. But his problem with women is now openly debated, whereas it wasn’t until now. Sexual behaviour is a private matter in France, even for public persons, as long as it remains within the boundaries of the law (and as long as it is not exposed by the persons themselves).
    I do not bear any moral judgement for or against here but just wanted to clarify that point.

  • Philippe Volff

    Pinpointing America’s puritanism is a rather mainline French opinion indeed. But it hasn’t been the case this time. The media simply wrote that DSK’s behaviour with women was bound to be a problem when he took a job in an anglo-saxon culture, which was proven by his affair in 2008. They don’t see anything “puritanical” today, since the case would be prosecuted in a similar way in France. A majority simply says he shouldn’t be considered guilty unless, or until, justice says so at the end of his trial, as it is a human right in both our nations. But his problem with women is now openly debated, whereas it wasn’t until now. Sexual behaviour is a private matter in France, even for public persons, as long as it remains within the boundaries of the law (and as long as it is not exposed by the persons themselves).
    I do not bear any moral judgement for or against here but just wanted to clarify that point.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Although you wouldn’t know it reading the mainstream press, there is such a thing as a hypocrisy of the left, and this is a glaring example.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Although you wouldn’t know it reading the mainstream press, there is such a thing as a hypocrisy of the left, and this is a glaring example.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    To be fair, he’s not convicted yet, but also to be fair, there is another accuser of the same.

    That said, it suggests to me that the sexual liberation for which many pride themselves isn’t as separable from sexual crime as many would like to think. I can’t prove that statistically, but there is a pattern forming here, as Carl noted. (and add John Ensign and Arnold Schurzenjaeger to the list)

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    To be fair, he’s not convicted yet, but also to be fair, there is another accuser of the same.

    That said, it suggests to me that the sexual liberation for which many pride themselves isn’t as separable from sexual crime as many would like to think. I can’t prove that statistically, but there is a pattern forming here, as Carl noted. (and add John Ensign and Arnold Schurzenjaeger to the list)

  • DonS

    Power corrupts.

  • DonS

    Power corrupts.

  • Carl Vehse

    First it never happened; then it was “a conspiracy” by political opponents; then it was an “airtight alibi” (having lunch with daughter); then the claim that it was “consensual.”

    Now, it seems that DSK had sex (consensual or otherwise) with a hotel maid who is not only a Muslim (will she be executed by fellow Muslims for disgracing herself?), but she has lived in a NY apartment rented exclusively to adults with HIV and AIDS.

    As if that $3,000-per-night room wasn’t already way too costly.

  • Carl Vehse

    First it never happened; then it was “a conspiracy” by political opponents; then it was an “airtight alibi” (having lunch with daughter); then the claim that it was “consensual.”

    Now, it seems that DSK had sex (consensual or otherwise) with a hotel maid who is not only a Muslim (will she be executed by fellow Muslims for disgracing herself?), but she has lived in a NY apartment rented exclusively to adults with HIV and AIDS.

    As if that $3,000-per-night room wasn’t already way too costly.

  • Carl Vehse

    bike bubba, let’s not forget such politicians as Henry Cisneros, Larry Craig, John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, Dan Crane, Gerry Studds, Gary Hart, Barney Frank, Bob Packwood, Gary Condit, James McGreevey, Jack Ryan (thanks, Jack, you gave us Obozo!), Mark Foley, David Vitter, Mark Souder, Jesse Jackson Jr (like father, like son), Nelson Rockefeller, John Kennedy (or any Kennedy politician), Franklin Roosevelt, Warren Harding, and so on and so on…

  • Carl Vehse

    bike bubba, let’s not forget such politicians as Henry Cisneros, Larry Craig, John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, Dan Crane, Gerry Studds, Gary Hart, Barney Frank, Bob Packwood, Gary Condit, James McGreevey, Jack Ryan (thanks, Jack, you gave us Obozo!), Mark Foley, David Vitter, Mark Souder, Jesse Jackson Jr (like father, like son), Nelson Rockefeller, John Kennedy (or any Kennedy politician), Franklin Roosevelt, Warren Harding, and so on and so on…

  • Jonathan

    Does anyone else find Carl’s posts a little…..weird?

  • Jonathan

    Does anyone else find Carl’s posts a little…..weird?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Usually Jonathan (@8), but in this case I’m fairly shocked Carl was able to squeeze some Republicans into his list (@7), so, honestly, this is something of a step forward for him.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Usually Jonathan (@8), but in this case I’m fairly shocked Carl was able to squeeze some Republicans into his list (@7), so, honestly, this is something of a step forward for him.

  • Jonathan

    I’ll grant that @7 is a step forward; but @6 is a detour into a fetid swamp.

  • Jonathan

    I’ll grant that @7 is a step forward; but @6 is a detour into a fetid swamp.

  • Jeremy

    So much for innocent until proven guilty. Just because a woman accuses a man of rape didn’t mean it necessarily happened. Duke Lacrosse comes to mind.

  • Jeremy

    So much for innocent until proven guilty. Just because a woman accuses a man of rape didn’t mean it necessarily happened. Duke Lacrosse comes to mind.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Yeah, but Jeremy (@11), this guy’s a socialist! And French!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Yeah, but Jeremy (@11), this guy’s a socialist! And French!


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