Head of International Monetary Fund Arrested for Sex Attack

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Head of International Monetary Fund Arrested for Sex Attack

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in New York on Saturday and accused of a sexual attack on a hotel maid, The New York Times reported.

The newspaper, citing a Port Authority spokesman, said Mr. Strauss-Kahn, also a possible Socialist candidate in next April’s French presidential election, was arrested minutes before he was to due to fly to Paris from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The Times quoted authorities as saying Strauss-Kahn was accused of a “sex attack” on a maid at a Times Square hotel earlier in the day.

More to come

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/head-of-imf-arrested-in-new-york-accused-of-sexual-attack-report/article2022515/

 

Tommy_Paine

Here's the NY Times report:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/nyregion/imf-head-is-arrested-and-accu...

I watched a video earlier last week where an Arizona cop pushed a 15 year old girl into a wall, watched her fall like a rag doll unconscious to the sidewalk where she banged her head once again, and then this 300 pound ape puts his knee on her back, and cuffs her.  

I note this guy didn't get cuffed when arrested.

 If this guy was going to head the French Socialist Party, then maybe French Green Peace might want Ted Nugent to lead them. 

This is beyond fucked up on very many levels.

You may remember this man from such things as indenturing a generation or two of Irish people, to save bondholders from a "haircut":

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1128/imfstatement.html

Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler's picture

A "socialist" leading the IMF.  That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard since someone called Obama a man of peace.  The double speak in our New World Order is astounding.  

nicky

Many questions still to be answered.

Was he otherwise scheduled to leave on the flight he was taken from? Or was he leaving unexpected?

Why wd a 62 year old attack a chambermaid in his own hotel room? Where his identity could be readily ascertained?

Is it just a coincidence that he was running well ahead of Sarkozy?

Doesn't Sarkozy have a suspicious history of dirty tricks to discredit his opponents? Is there an echo here of the Dominique de Villpain affair?

Let's keep an open mind for a while

 

Tommy_Paine

No, my mind is closed. If he's not guilty of this, he's guilty of other stuff.   Screw him and the horse he rode in on.  Hope he rots in Rikers-- but we know he won't 'cause only poor people go there.

After the way Mr. Hyphenated name made the poor of Ireland and Greece pay to protect his bondholder buddies, I could care less if Sarkosy is playing dirty tricks.  It's about time someone brought this freak down.

And, is it really, really that hard to believe he'd attack a maid in his hotel room?

Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler's picture

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The 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Mr. Strauss-Kahn's room at the Sofitel not far from Manhattan's Times Square at about 1 p.m. ET Saturday and he attacked her, Mr. Browne said. She said she had been told to clean the spacious $3000-a-night-suite suite, which she had been told was empty.

According to an account the woman provided to police, Mr. Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom naked, chased her down a hallway and pulled her into a bedroom, where he began to sexually assault her. She said she fought him off, then he dragged her into the bathroom, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear. The woman was able to break free again and escaped the room and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police.

Keeping an open mind would mean disbelieving this woman's story.

Seems to me any socialist that would be the head of the IMF is capable of anything.  He likely has such a high sense of his own self worth that he presumed that the lowly hotel worker was there for whatever little "service" he required.  

I didn't realize just how fucked French politics has become.  The IMF President that has just screwed working people in Ireland, Greece and soon Spain wants to head a Socialist government.  The word socialist has apparently lost any meaning.

DaveW

um, N.S., it is mostly the European Union esp. Germany  that is insisting on spending cuts/debt rescheduling by the Big 3 debtors, as the EU is paying the bailout to the greatest extent;

in any case, politically a super-bombshell here in France, as DSK was very close to a June announcement, and in my view, following many others, he would have defeated Sarkozy in 2012:

http://www.lemonde.fr/

the rest of the Socialist presidential field is pretty weak, and meanwhile the National Front has regularly edged into the mainstream; truly a dramatic moment

Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler's picture

DaveW wrote:

um, N.S., it is mostly the European Union esp. Germany  that is insisting on spending cuts/debt rescheduling by the Big 3 debtors, as the EU is paying the bailout to the greatest extent;

the rest of the Socialist presidential field is pretty weak, and meanwhile the National Front has regularly edged into the mainstream; truly a dramatic moment

He is the President of the IMF. The organization that is imposing the German bankers will upon the people.  Only a social democrat could see him as a socialist.  If socialism means following the prescriptions of German bankers then it is meaningless and devoid of relevancy to the working people of France.

DaveW

um, no and noYell

 read up a bit on the European Union, eh, it has a very tight monetary "constitution", called the Maastricht treaty;  they are quite capable of operating without the IMF's instructions

next!

 

Unionist

Looks like yet another "National Inquirer" tabloid schadenfreude thread. Can we work Assange and Polanski into it, all the while drawing profound political conclusions? I'm off to pop more corn... Don't anyone dare say anything speculative until I get back!

Tommy_Paine

You know there really isn't much room for conspiracy theories here.   If I was Sarkosy, I'd love to run against this "socialist" rather than an unknown quantity at this point.   And as head of the IMF, Strauss Khan has been doing what every government and every bank and anyone with power wants him to do-- make the poor pay to keep the rich rich during economic calamity.  And if they wanted rid of him, they could have thrown him under the bus when he got caught in a relationship with a subordinate a while back.

And, the arrest and charge is probably not what anyone in goverbusiness wants as it exposes the IMF for what it is: Sociopaths Sans Frontiers.

 

Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler's picture

DaveW wrote:

um, no and noYell

 read up a bit on the European Union, eh, it has a very tight monetary "constitution", called the Maastricht treaty;  they are quite capable of operating without the IMF's instructions

I am talking about this man.  Are you denying he is the President of the IMF or denying that the IMF policies are neo conservative and the antithesis of any socialist solution to the capitalist meltdown  A meltdown that was caused by the bankers of the world playing casino-ram-a with most of the worlds savings that were not being stolen in ponsi schemes run by billionaire hedge fund operators.  

Explain to me how the policies of the IMF have any relationship to socialism and then explain how a person who has followed the Chicago school prescription for economies has any credibility to run as a agent of socialist change?

 

doodle21

This isn't the first time that Strauss-Kahn has been in trouble for his conduct with women. He was investigated in 2008 for inappropriate conduct.

He's just done something so serious it can't be swept under the rug. He'll still probably get a slap on the wrist.

As for being a socialist and head of the IMF - why not? It's a large, international body - that's what socialists want.

No conspiracies, he's just a bad person who did an evil thing.

DaveW

exactly

NDPP

Northern Shoveler wrote:

A "socialist" leading the IMF.  That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard since someone called Obama a man of peace.  The double speak in our New World Order is astounding.  

NDPP

indeed, or supporting NATO or the war on Libya. At least our 'socialist' paid for his rub and tug..

al-Qa'bong

It could be a set-up.  Some guy, coincidentally a UMP partisan who often writes about "the lies of the Left," twitted that a buddy of his in New York heard that DSK was arrested in his hotel, before the story hit the papers.

Quote:

Samedi 14 mai à 22h59, Jonathan Pinet, membre des Jeunes Populaires ayant notamment participé au lancement d'un site dénonçant "les mensonges de la gauche", publie le message suivant sur Twitter :

[You have to go to Le Monde's site to see the captured Twitter image] 

Trois minutes plus tard, il précise : son "pote" a eu vent de cette information par une troisième personne, qui selon nos informations travaillerait au restaurant du Sofitel où séjournait Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Sur le réseau social, un compte parodique "Jeunes Popkemon" n'attend alors qu'un démenti pour contre-attaquer :

 [bis

Mais à minuit et demi, heure de Paris, le site du New York Post puis celui du New York Times confirment l'arrestation du patron du Fonds monétaire international (FMI). Le NYT donne même des détails : "il était 16 h 45 [22 h 45, heure de Paris] quand des enquêteurs en civil de l'Autorité des ports de New York et du New Jersey ont soudainement embarqué à bord du vol Air France 23 (...) et emmené M. Strauss-Kahn en garde à vue". Pas question, donc, d'une arrestation à l'hôtel Sofitel une heure auparavant.

 

Le Monde

 

 

 

Fidel

WilderMore wrote:
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The Times quoted authorities as saying Strauss-Kahn was accused of a “sex attack” on a maid at a Times Square hotel earlier in the day.

But isn't this what the IMF does to the developing world, attack and abuse hundreds of millions of people at a time? The IMF is a serial offender.

You'd almost think Strauss-Kahn and even Sarkozy were pushing for international monetary reform away from dominance of the dollar. Or something. And now it's almost as if the money changers want at least one of their heads on a pike or something. No empire or nation in history has survived corruption from within.

Tommy_Paine

Personally, I see the work of reverse vampires in conjunction with the Rand Corporation at work here.  Call me crazy, but that's the way I see it.

Stockholm

I'm no expert on the IMF (to say the least), but i had read that DSK had been praised recently for moving the organization into a much more progressive direction.

The story itself jut seems extraordinary. Its one thing for a major political figure to have affairs etc... but to try to rape a stranger a month before announcing a run for the presidency of France? It just seems totally nuts. Either this is some elaborate setup/framing or the guy is a total psychopath.

Tommy_Paine

"Either this is some elaborate setup/framing or the guy is a total psychopath."

Gee, let me get out Occam's butter knife on that one.....

Unionist

al-Qa'bong wrote:

It could be a set-up.

Honestly, Al-Q, next you'll have us questioning Obama's account of the OBL hit. Is nothing sacred?

Look, we know the guy is the head of the IMF and a so-called socialist. Plus, the NY cops arrested him. What more do you need to establish guilt? A trial?

Oh wait, I almost missed this bit of conclusive evidence upthread:

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This isn't the first time that Strauss-Kahn has been in trouble for his conduct with women. He was investigated in 2008 for inappropriate conduct.

See? He's been investigated before! Repeat offender!!

Tommy_Paine

I'd give the devil himself the presumption of innocence, Unionist.  But the head of the IMF?  I dunno......

 

Stockholm

I think the "inappropriate conduct" in 2008 was an extra-marital affair of some sort with an IMF employee. That is a far cry from rape and forcible confinement.

Tommy_Paine

The thing is with that Stockholm is that it came to light just last year.   It speaks to conspiracy theorists who think this is a set up. If "they" wanted rid of him, "they" could have demanded his resignation then, and avoid the whole Mickey Spillane routine.

Tommy_Paine

At least, that's what the reverse vampires paid me to say.

nicky
Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler's picture

Stockholm wrote:

I think the "inappropriate conduct" in 2008 was an extra-marital affair of some sort with an IMF employee. That is a far cry from rape and forcible confinement.

Forcing a person to have sex against their will by using a position of power in a workplace is sexual assault.  There is very good reason that our Criminal Code no longer has hierarchies of sexual assault.  Especially any based on whether the man can get an erection.

janfromthebruce

I got my occam razor out and I think the Leprechaun in the hotel room did it! That's the simplest explanation. Kiss

 

I know that little green elf broke the vase in the hotel room is I think he also made the maid make up lies too!

 

 

 

 

Tommy_Paine wrote:

"Either this is some elaborate setup/framing or the guy is a total psychopath."

Gee, let me get out Occam's butter knife on that one.....

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al-Qa'bong

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Honestly, Al-Q, next you'll have us questioning Obama's account of the OBL hit. Is nothing sacred?

 

Jack Layton's P.O. number with that massage parlour?

6079_Smith_W

How's Julian Assange doing these days. anyway? 

This sort of situation is shitty enough without passing judgment on it based on stuff that has nothing to do with the alleged crime. 

Sounds like this fellow is arrested and charged, so it won't be any razors of butter knives I'll be waiting for to find out the final word (or as best as we are going to get) - it will be the evidence in court.

 

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

Tommy_Paine wrote:

No, my mind is closed. If he's not guilty of this, he's guilty of other stuff.   Screw him and the horse he rode in on.  Hope he rots in Rikers-- but we know he won't 'cause only poor people go there.

After the way Mr. Hyphenated name made the poor of Ireland and Greece pay to protect his bondholder buddies, I could care less if Sarkosy is playing dirty tricks.  It's about time someone brought this freak down.

And, is it really, really that hard to believe he'd attack a maid in his hotel room?

 

The French Socialist Party is about as socialist as the Liberal Party of Canada is liberal.   Doesn't surprise me at all that a leader of the French PS is head honcho of the IMF.   The PS embraced neo-liberalism a long time ago.

On the bright side in France is the "New Anti-Capitalist Party"...those looking for socialists might find some there.

 

Stockholm

Northern Shoveler wrote:

Stockholm wrote:

I think the "inappropriate conduct" in 2008 was an extra-marital affair of some sort with an IMF employee. That is a far cry from rape and forcible confinement.

Forcing a person to have sex against their will by using a position of power in a workplace is sexual assault.  There is very good reason that our Criminal Code no longer has hierarchies of sexual assault.  Especially any based on whether the man can get an erection.

If the person claimed that they were coerced etc... then that's a different story - but here is nothing illegal about people who work in the same place having consensual sexual relationships - regardless of whether one is in a position of power. Are you implying that if a doctor and a nurse working at the same hospital have a consensual affair - its automatically a sexual assault?

NDPP

not just IMF head and 'socialist' but a Zionist as well apparently:

"I consider that all Jews in the Diaspora; and thus it is true in France, should, everywhere they can, lend their support to Israel. This is why it is also important that Jews take political responsibilities...In sum, in my functions and in my everyday life, through the whole of my actions, I try to make it so that my modest stone is brought to the construction of the land of Israel...

 Dominique Strauss Kahn in Passages 1991

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Gracie_fr/dominique-strauss-kahn-he...

Emergency IMF Meeting To Begin As Strauss-Kahn Retains High Profile Attorney

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/emergency-imf-meeting-begins-strauss-ka...

"...DSK has retained legal counsel in the form of one Benjamin Brafman, a New York criminal defense attorney.."

Stockholm

radiorahim wrote:

On the bright side in France is the "New Anti-Capitalist Party"...those looking for socialists might find some there.

You would need a magnifying glass to find any bright side there. That party won about 4% of the vote in the last election and has never elected anyone to anything.

al-Qa'bong

There are many leftist parties in France that we'd find preferable to the "Socialists."  As part of their egalitarian ethos, the French consulate sent me pamplets from all the parties contesting the last presidential election.  It was too much trouble to vote, though, as I'd have had to go to Toronto or Edmonton or something to cast a balllot.  There were at least three candidates I found more appealing than Sego Royale, although they were fringe parties that had about 3-4% support.

Stockholm

So far the only person who seems to be rallying a lot of support from the dissaffected is the fascist daughter iof Jean-Marie LePen.

Lord Palmerston

NDPP wrote:

not just IMF head and 'socialist' but a Zionist as well apparently

Why are you linking some racist comment on the Huffington Post website?

NDPP

I am linking to a quote by DSK himself, which is given.

Stockholm

Its in a comment from a racist who is using to claim that DSK is not "really French" - you should know better than to link to blog comments by neo-nazis.

NDPP

When someone as powerful as DSK, a World Bank Head and French Presidential hopeful, states his whole life and every action is in support of Israel, it is relevant. Besides, if DSK wasn't French they wouldn't let him run for President. He's as French as Sarko. As for 'neo-nazis', they and the Zios have mended fences and are now a team - that's why neo-nazis and zio lovers Tommy Robinson and  Geert Wilders were allowed in here and Galloway wasn't - your country is run by neo-nazis and zios chum, obviously you've not been paying attention. Besides, what are you the biographical details police? Why not go check out all the calumnies they're saying about OBL?

France Rocked By Arrest of IMF Chief On Sex (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/imf-strauss-kahn-charges/

"Gerald Celente director of the Trends Research Institute, told RT

Unionist

You know, until this tabloid story broke, I never heard a single critique of Strauss-Kahn, his phoney socialist politics, his stooging for the bankers, his pro-Israel leanings...

Connecting allegations of sexual assault with his politics is pathetic. It is sensational foolishness. And it is exactly what was done to Assange by the ignorant. And it will be done to each of us one day. Because scandals are easier to mount than political critiques.

Can we not condemn his politics like serious progressive people, and leave this hotel room allegation to the courts? Or, if we don't find him guilty as charged based on some bullshit press reports, does that mean we are his accomplices in rape?

As for the "New Anti-Capitalist" whatever in France... I suppose, being true leftists, none of their members ever commit sexual assault?

6079_Smith_W

@ Unionist

Aww.... don't be such a spoil sport. 

Since it's pretty clear the facts in the case don't matter and he deserves the worst for his obvious other crimes and beliefs we can dispense with evidence, judge and jury and get a rope and horse. Or I have an iron bar and a fire pit out back, we could opt for trial by ordeal and see if he truly feels guilt.

Too bad his alleged victim winds up taking a back seat to what some think is the real story. Do you think she'll understand and appreciate the part she played bringing him to justice for his real crimes, or mind that the truth of her charges aren't really seen as the important thing here?

Stockholm

NDPP wrote:

When someone as powerful as DSK, a World Bank Head and French Presidential hopeful, states his whole life and every action is in support of Israel, it is relevant.

Instead of beating around the bush - why don't you just come out say that he is some grand sorcerer of "ZOG" the "Zionist Occupation Government" (sic.) that rules the world according to neo-nazis and white supremacists as well as a small handful of misguided people who think of themselves as leftists - who embarrass the rest of us.

Its probably just as well that he won't be President of France. Can you imagine a Jewish socialist who was also head of the IMF being President of France? It would let loose all kinds of anti-semitic conspiracy theories about him, the Bilderberg Group, George Soros, the Rothschild's - and probably the the Freemasons and the Catholic church for good measure. Who needs the distraction of having to rebut all that garbage from the Glenn Beck's of the world.

NDPP

because I don't think such nonsense chum...

IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Caught in'Honey-Trap'  -  by Mike Whitney

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28103.htm

"Strauss-Kahn broke ranks and ventured into no-man's land. That's why he was set up and then crushed like a bug..(note: DSK has been replaced by the IMF number 2 guy, John Lipsky, former Vice Chairman of the JP Margan Investment Bank. How's that for 'change you can believe in?'

NDPP

6079_Smith_W wrote:

So now she is just bait? 

That's a terribly insulting article. If he doesn't know, then why is he accusing the alleged victim? And if the whole thing "smells fishy" then what is he basing that on? 

NDPP

ask Mike Whitney

[email protected]

6079_Smith_W

So now she is just bait? 

That's a terribly insulting article. If he doesn't know, then why is he accusing the alleged victim? And if the whole thing "smells fishy" then what is he basing that on?

(edit)

Near as I can tell he is equating an alleged sexual assault with someone hiring a sex worker, and the fact that the media were waiting for something to happen is reason to blame the alleged victim.

 

Fidel

Apparently Dominique Strauss-Kahn will plead not guilty. 

And NY cops are rumored to have "DNA evidence" of the alleged assault. If they are as speedy as the forensic team that matched Elvis bin Laden's DNA in record time, then this newz media trial should finish rilly early.

Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler's picture

Stockholm wrote:

Northern Shoveler wrote:

Stockholm wrote:

I think the "inappropriate conduct" in 2008 was an extra-marital affair of some sort with an IMF employee. That is a far cry from rape and forcible confinement.

Forcing a person to have sex against their will by using a position of power in a workplace is sexual assault.  There is very good reason that our Criminal Code no longer has hierarchies of sexual assault.  Especially any based on whether the man can get an erection.

If the person claimed that they were coerced etc... then that's a different story - but here is nothing illegal about people who work in the same place having consensual sexual relationships - regardless of whether one is in a position of power. Are you implying that if a doctor and a nurse working at the same hospital have a consensual affair - its automatically a sexual assault?

I am saying that if a person is in a position of power in a workplace then they should not have sexual relations with their subordinates.

If that is a concept you can't understand its not my fault. In most work places you can be fired for it.  Untangling that type of relationship to decide which ones are consensual is an impossibility.  Especially if the person involved is not only your boss but one of the most powerful men in Europe.  In my strange world view I consider that type of behaviour inappropriate and unethical and a blot on someones character.  

I don't care about this mans societal status.  A woman has accused him of a despicable crime and I await the outcome of the investigation.  I refuse to speculate on whether or not she is a conveying woman out to get this friend of the working person. 

Can I  believe that this man of privilege who has shown bad judgement in the past when it comes to keeping his dick in his pants would think that a maid was his for the taking. Absolutely.  

I will await the trial for a verdict but in rape trials I must admit I always cheer for the woman.

NDPP

Dominique Strauss Kahn Arrested - IMF Names Replacement

http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2011/05/dominique-strauss-kahn...

"Strauss-Kahn has not even been arraigned and he is out.

John Lipsky is in. A JP Morgan man at the head of the IMF. Wow! JP Morgan's reach just got a whole lot longer...'

DaveW

 

the guy's a Bill Clinton, but he got caught before he became President

end of story

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

Oh come on guys, it was oviously a trap, everyone knows Frenchmen can't resist maids...UndecidedWink

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