August 27, 2011
Was it right to drop the rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn?
August 9, 2011 |
NEW YORK - A hotel maid who accuses ex-International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault sued him yesterday, seeking unspecified damages as a result of what she calls the "violent and sadistic" attack in a room at the upscale Sofitel hotel. Lawyers for the maid, Guinean immigrant Nafissatou Diallo, wrote in the lawsuit that Strauss-Kahn "intentionally, brutally and violently sexually assaulted Ms. Diallo and in the process humiliated, degraded, violated and robbed Ms. Diallo of her dignity as a woman.
May 23, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The New York apartment where the former IMF leader is under house arrest on sexual-assault charges has become a tourist hot spot. Yesterday, open-top buses passed by, with cameras pointed at the luxury high-rise in lower Manhattan where Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, was holed up with his wife, Anne Sinclair, who put up his $1 million bail and $5 million bond. The economist is accused of attacking a maid in his hotel suite. He has denied the allegations. A crowd of international reporters and onlookers is gathering around the clock outside the 21-story Empire Building at 71 Broadway, across from Wall Street.
July 20, 2011 |
NEW YORK - If the New York sexual-assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn ever goes to trial, much will doubtless be made of his accuser's background. But what about his? Prosecutors have already hinted they might like to peer into the past of the former International Monetary Fund leader, known as DSQ. At his first court appearance in the Manhattan-maid case in May, a prosecutor noted reports of "similar" conduct abroad - an apparent reference to a French writer who has now brought a criminal complaint in Paris about an alleged attempted rape by Strauss-Kahn in 2003.
July 5, 2011 |
PARIS - Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced a potential new sexual-assault investigation yesterday after a young French writer said that she would formally accuse him of trying to rape her during a 2002 book interview - a dizzying turn of events just as fortunes seemed to be brightening for the former chief of the International Monetary Fund. With France debating his possible return to presidential politics, Strauss-Kahn swiftly hit back at author Tristane Banon's plans to take him to court over the attempted-rape accusations, labeling her account "imaginary" and countering with his own plans to file a criminal complaint of slander.
July 12, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Dominique Strauss-Kahn's next court date in his New York sexual-assault case was postponed Monday, with prosecutors invoking a need for further investigation and defense lawyers saying they hoped it would lead to the end of the tumultuous case. Previously set for July 18, the court date is now scheduled for Aug. 1 as prosecutors weigh what to do about a case rocked by questions about the accuser's credibility. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office told the judge in a letter that the postponement was "to facilitate both parties' continued investigation," but Strauss-Kahn's lawyers said they hoped the district attorney would "make the necessary decision to dismiss the case" against the 62-year-old ex-International Monetary Fund leader.
August 23, 2011 |
NEW YORK - New York City prosecutors asked a judge yesterday to dismiss all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn because they aren't sure beyond a reasonable doubt that the hotel maid who created a cross-continental sensation by accusing him of sexual assault is telling the truth. The Manhattan district attorney's office said in court papers that the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, repeatedly gave false information to investigators and grand jurors about her life, her past and her actions following her encounter with the French diplomat.
September 5, 2011 |
PARIS - The last time he boarded a flight for Paris, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was on the verge of announcing his candidacy for president, and in some quarters his victory was considered certain. Four months after being dragged off that plane in New York to answer accusations that he attempted to rape a hotel chambermaid, the former IMF chief arrived in Paris on Sunday to a gaggle of reporters that would be the envy of any politician on the campaign trail. But a poll and analysts indicate that his politicking days are over.
May 20, 2011 |
NEW YORK - A judge agreed yesterday to free former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn from a New York City jail on the condition that he post $1 million in bail and remain under house arrest, under the watch of armed guards, at a private apartment in Manhattan. The bail decision came less than a day after Strauss-Kahn resigned as managing director of the International Monetary Fund. The 62-year-old banker and diplomat wore an expression of relief after Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Obus announced his decision in a packed Manhattan courtroom.
July 9, 2011
There may be some valid criticism of the rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but prosecutors were right not to let his stature close their ears to the charges of a lowly chambermaid. On May 14, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund was removed from a New York City flight to Paris and arrested. Under a New York law, prosecutors were forced to either indict him within five days or release him under his own recognizance. Given the time constraints and the possibility of Strauss-Kahn's fleeing, it is easy to see why the case went forward, especially since it seemed to stand on much firmer ground.