DSK is on a roll
Yes, I can see what the IMF saw in this guy. Tax free income. Unlimited expense account. hookers on the speed dial. Just the guy I'd want preaching austerity to the peasants. I do like the lawyer's defence though.
If life had gone according to Dominique Strauss-Kahn's best laid plans, he would now be en route to becoming the next president of France.
Instead, the socialist politician and former head of the International Monetary Fund spent Tuesday sitting in a police interrogation room in north-east France being quizzed about a prostitution ring and allegations of fraud.
It was the latest devastating humiliation for Strauss-Kahn, once hailed the French left's "providential man", who suffered a dramatic fall from grace in May 2011 when he was charged with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid.
In just nine months, the 62-year-old veteran politician has been publicly embroiled in three sex scandals, though he has protested his innocence in each and has not been charged with any offence.
Still, with just two months to the first round of France's presidential election, the country's socialists – whose candidate François Hollande is presenting himself as "Monsieur Normal" – could be forgiven for feeling they have had a lucky escape.
At 8.55 am on Tuesday, Strauss-Kahn turned himself into police as summoned. Lest anyone forget that he was no ordinary suspect, however, he arrived at the gendarmerie in the city of Lille in a chauffeur-driven limousine with blacked-out windows.
As the car arrived, officers struggled to hold back a scrum of journalists. Strauss-Kahn was then taken into police custody, similar to an arrest by appointment, to be quizzed about his alleged links to an illegal prostitution ring and the misuse of company funds. He is being interrogated over several libertine soirées, or orgies, he took part in at a luxury hotel and restaurant in Paris and in Washington while IMF chief.
The parties, at which Strauss-Kahn – or DSK as he is known – has admitted having sex with various women, were allegedly organised by high-level police and business contacts from Lille with whom he had links. Strauss-Kahn has always insisted he never paid any prostitutes (paying prostitutes for sex is not illegal in France). The police inquiry hinges on whether Strauss-Kahn knew the women being invited to the parties were prostitutes and if he was aware they were being paid for by a major French construction company, as alleged.
Eight people, including a Lille police commissioner, have been arrested and put under investigation – the equivalent of being charged – in what has become known as the "Carlton Affair" after the luxury Lille hotel where the alleged prostitution ring was based.
Strauss-Kahn, who is married to former television presenter Anne Sinclair, now French editor of the Huffington Post, who has stood by him through the scandals, has admitted infidelity with a number of women. He insists he never knew those he had sex with at the parties at the centre of this latest investigation were prostitutes and has denied any wrongdoing, describing the allegations against him as "malevolent insinuations".
He can be held for 48 hours after which he is expected to be formally put under investigation or released.
A year ago, Strauss-Kahn was riding high in the opinion polls and was being widely backed to beat President Nicolas Sarkozy in the two-round presidential election this spring.
He was forced to abandon his political ambitions and resign from his IMF post after he was pulled off an Air France flight as it was about to leave New York in May and accused of forcing hotel chambermaid Guinean-born Nafissatou Diallo to perform oral sex at the Sofitel in New York.
The politician claimed the sex was consensual and involved no "aggression or constraint". The case against him crumbled over concerns about Diallo's credibility as a witness after she was found to have lied on her immigration application.
Strauss-Kahn returned to France to further allegations and police questions over an accusation by author and journalist Tristane Banon, 32, that he had tried to rape her when she went to interview him in 2003 for a book she was writing. Prosecutors found prima-facie evidence of a sexual assault but said the alleged attack had passed the time limit and dismissed the case.
Strauss-Kahn's defence team has at times taken an unusual tack; in December his lawyer Henri Leclerc told the French radio station Europe 1 that the politician had no idea the women at the centre of the latest investigation were prostitutes.
"He could easily not have known because, as you can imagine, at these kinds of parties you're not always dressed, and I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman," Leclerk said.
Lawyers in the US, where DSK, as he is known, faces a civil action brought by Diallo, will be watching events in France closely.
it would clearly benefit from pictures given the subject matter.
Does this investigation belong among those cases where waterboarding is a justified and a proper procedure.
The people deserve to occasionally be privy to the corrupt and crimminal activities of their elite masters.
he'd probably be into it.
No, how about some English grammar, like punctuation? Too lazy to use your mouse and ENTER key? Or is being unreadable a Canadian thing.
Originally Posted by jkd
Like the Burj Khalifa "looks" tall... you Canayjun, you... :laugh: