Posts Tagged ‘DSK’

Pro-bono Depardieu

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

The trailer for Welcome to New York is no longer available on YouTube, but Gerard Depardieu played the part of Dominique Strauss-Kahn for free,

He’s doing it for the pleasure of working with Abel Ferrara.

And perhaps a cut of the ticket office, no?

Maybe not.

Dèdè

said he took the role because he does not like Strauss-Kahn. During an interview at the time, Depardieu called the former IMF chief “unpleasant” and “arrogant.”

Considering his current avoirdupois, if I were a casting agent, I’d suggest that he play a nice guy, send him a fleece jacket, & have him star as governor of NJ.

DSK: deal or no deal?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Did he, or didn’t he?

French media reported on Friday that Mr. [Dominique] Straus-Kahn, 63, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, would pay $6 million to the housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Midtown Manhattan hotel.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, William W. Taylor III, said in a telephone interview on Friday morning that the French reports were “completely false” and that the $6 million figure “is off by orders of magnitude,” but he would not elaborate and details of the agreement could not immediately be determined. One of the people with knowledge of the matter had cautioned on Thursday that no settlement had yet been signed.

The only lesson so far is that the priapic are likely to get sued.


DSK, lord of the ring?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Dominique Strauss-Khan is the gift that keeps on giving, and this time he’s giving bail,
France Probes Ex-IMF Chief for Sex-Ring Link

French magistrates placed former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn under preliminary investigation for his alleged involvement in a French prostitution ring, prosecutors said, putting the onetime presidential hopeful back into a harsh spotlight.

The magistrates on Monday ordered Mr. Strauss-Kahn to refrain from communicating with plaintiffs as well as with anyone else being prosecuted in the investigation, prosecutors from the northern French city of Lille said in a statement. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who wasn’t detained or arrested, was also ordered to pay a €100,000 bail ($133,500).

A lawyer for Mr. Strauss-Kahn said that his client “strongly and firmly” rejected the preliminary charges of “aggravated pimping.”

Prostitution is legal in France, but pimping isn’t. To indict him, prosecutors would have to prove that he played an organizational role in the alleged prostitution ring.

Investigators had considered investigating Mr. Strauss-Kahn for allegedly illegally benefiting from prostitutes paid through corporate accounts. At least one company has filed a complaint to prosecutors that corporate funds had been diverted for that purpose by the alleged prostitution ring, the people familiar with the matter said.

But on Monday, the Lille magistrates opted not to probe that allegation, the people familiar with the probe said.

Through lawyers, Mr. Strauss-Kahn has said that he had no knowledge that company funds may have been misappropriated by the alleged ring.

I wouldn’t know if he did, but you can bet he’s p****d off someone who wants him out of the French political scene.

Related,
Depardieu likes Sarkozy and Castro but not Strauss-Kahn

What to do with an out-of-control priapic passenger?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Imagine, dear readers, that you are in the airline industry, and your most notorious passenger is, shall we say, lacking in self-restraint. He is also immensely influential, and you can not, by any stretch of the imagination, deny him the service available to any other person willing to pay for transport.

What to do, then?

Air France ordered male-only cabin crew for Strauss-Kahn

The claim was reported Thursday by Le Parisien newspaper, which also says lawyers for the former IMF chief’s alleged victim, Nafissatou Diallo, are soliciting testimony from female flight attendants at the national carrier, who may have been subjected to inappropriate behavior by the Frenchman.

The lawyers already received two accounts from disgruntled staff, along with an anonymous letter detailing the Air France male-only order, the report said.

How out-of-control are we talking about?

“Air France has a few hundred complaints from clients, employees, crew members who met the man suspected of having abused your client Madame Diallo,” the letter alleged, adding, “it was decided by Air France that ‘only male employees should be deployed in the first class cabin when this client [Strauss-Kahn] was traveling.’”

A few hundred?

Where is Tina Brown when he needs her?

UPDATE,
Linked by Dustbury. Thanks!

27065

DSK no longer under house arrest

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Strauss-Kahn’s House Arrest to End

Manhattan prosecutors have agreed to end the house arrest of former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn following new revelations about a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn is due in court Friday morning, when prosecutors are expected to also agree to end electronic monitoring. They will keep his passport as part of the change in bail terms, the person said.

The developments come as both prosecutors and his defense team prepared to raise questions about the credibility of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, people close to the case said. Problems with the prosecution’s main witness are expected to be made public at the hearing before State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus.

“The immediate future of the case remained unclear on Friday morning.” Indeed.

26719

DSK case about to collapse?

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Strauss-Kahn Case Seen as in Jeopardy

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.

Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.

Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said.

Senior prosecutors met with lawyers for Mr. Strauss-Kahn on Thursday and provided details about their findings, and the parties are discussing whether to dismiss the felony charges. Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.

Apparently the woman lied on her asylum application about genital mutilation.

It’s worth pointing out that the prosecutor’s investigators are the ones who found this information.

As Drudge says, developing…

26712

#DSK at a $50,000/month house

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

From suicide watch to the lap of luxury in Tribeca’s most expensive rental at 153 Franklin Street,
DSK hops to luxe lily pad
Frisky frog’s ‘townhouse arrest’ in 50G/month TriBeCa home

The uber-luxury, $50,000-a-month townhouse at 153 Franklin St. — replete with a home theater, gym, spa, bar and rec rooms — is where the former head of the International Monetary Fund will sit out his house arrest as he awaits trial on charges he sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a Midtown hotel maid.

I’d like to know what the facilities are like for the hotel maid, who is in protective custody.

The silver-haired French Lothario, who just a week ago was on suicide watch in a tiny isolation cell at Rikers Island, moved last night into a three-story, 6,800-square-foot townhouse — just steps from the Robert De Niro-owned sushi hot spot Nobu — that was secured by his heiress wife, Anne Sinclair.

DSK wasn’t even handcuffed for the move.

You can watch a slide show of the new digs here.

Epistemic closure among French Socialists, via Instapundit,

it seems a bit rich for Socialists to overwhelmingly take the side of the wealthy powerful politician with a history of sexual abuse allegations against what appear to be quite credible allegations of a poor Guinean refugee.

It’s all about power, and Socialists crave power.

Giethner just doesn’t understand,

26313

#DSK: And now it’s time to pressure the maid’s family?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Since the accuser is in protective custody and can’t be reached, Strauss-Kahn’s pals bid to pay off woman’s kin, in the best mobster-movie tradition

Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid’s impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since they can’t reach her in protective custody, The Post has learned.
The woman, who says she was sexually assaulted by the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund, has an extended family in the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa, well out of reach of the Manhattan DA’s Office.
“They already talked with her family,” a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note.”

And that’s the guy the Socialists were going to run as presidential candidate.

Meanwhile, in another development yesterday, it emerged that Strauss-Kahn allegedly shouted, “Do you know who I am?” as he assaulted the victim, according to a new report.

Oh, we know all too well indeed.

More from Mr. Bingley.

26291

#DSK: La cage aux fools

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Via Patterico,

And, Dominique Strauss-Kahn: DNA samples confirm sperm traces on maid’s dress
DNA samples taken in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case have confirmed traces of sperm on the maid’s dress, according to reports.

26289

DSK gets $1million bail & house detention

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Bail Granted for Ex-Chief of I.M.F.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers filed a new application for his release in State Supreme Court on Wednesday night, reiterating their client’s earlier offer to put up $1 million cash bail and wear an ankle monitor. The new application also said that Mr. Strauss-Kahn would remain under 24-hour home confinement in the apartment recently rented by his wife, with an armed guard posted outside — presumably to ensure he stays inside. He also submitted a waiver of extradition, should the American authorities need to get him back from France.

In case DSK feels like joining Roman Polanski,

The judge, Justice Michael J. Obus of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, agreed to those conditions, also requiring $5 million bond to be posted.

The charges?

The indictment charges Mr. Strauss-Kahn with a criminal sexual act in the first degree, attempted rape, sexual abuse in the first and third degrees, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and forcible touching. Several of the charges are high-level felonies. The most serious carries up to 25 years in prison.

DSK and Spitzer have something in common, too.

Meanwhile, the search is on for his replacement.

26270