July 1, 2011

REPORT: Maid who accused DSK of sexual assault repeatedly lied: sources. “The maid who accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a violent sex attack in his Midtown hotel room has repeatedly lied to prosecutors and is ‘personally associated’ with money launderers and drug dealers — revelations that have sunk the prosecution’s case, sources told The Post last night. . . . Strauss-Kahn has admitted to having sex with her, but insisted it was consensual. That makes her the only one who can tell a jury she tried to resist — and DA Cyrus Vance now realizes that if she’s exposed to cross examinination she’ll be destroyed on the stand when defense lawyers shine a light on the skeletons in her closet. . . . prosecutors believe some of her account of her activities in the hours surrounding the alleged attack wasn’t true, though they haven’t necessarily reached a new conclusion about the incident itself, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.” Well, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t raped, but it may mean that she’s not a credible complainant. On the other hand, he sure acted guilty that day.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “If DSK is innocent, and what happened was either consented to or just ‘bad sex’ (as Ann Althouse would say), then I think it’s an instructive example of the power imbalance between men and women in the legal setting. Also, a powerful example of what a class-neutral legal system we have.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: A cynical hedge-fund reader emails: “Does *anyone* think it’s a coincidence that DSK got his walking papers barely 2 days after his successor (a French finance minister with a Chicago law firm pedigree) was picked?”

Here’s more on Christine Lagarde.

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