July 1st, 2011
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Dramatic is the first word that springs to my mind whenever Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s name crosses the prompter.

Dramatic was his arrest in New York when he was hauled off a plane bound for his homeland. Dramatic was the "walk of shame" officers made him endure soon after, and dramatic were the allegations of sexual assault levelled against him by a hotel maid - ones the 62-year-old Frenchman has repeatedly denied.

At every twist and turn, the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has thrown up the unexpected and left observers confounded as to how such a high-profile, successful man could find himself in the dock.

In France, where court proceedings are not televised, people were shocked to see one of their most prominent politicians treated in the same manner as a "common criminal."

Shocking images that caused many to assume Strauss-Kahn - now out of the IMF - would also be out of the running as his country’s socialist hopeful in next year’s general elections.

The danger of making such assumptions is now glaringly apparent, amid warnings that the case against Strauss-Kahn could collapse thanks to doubts about the credibility of the maid’s story.

Strauss-Kahn was this week freed from house arrest after his accuser's credibility was doubted. The  move comes ahead of the socialist party’s primaries, when French left-wingers will vote on who could lead them against incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012.

Socialist party leaders, who have searched for a charismatic leader since Segolene Royal’s defeat by Sarkozy four years ago, have expressed their glee at the news surrounding Strauss-Kahn.

Yet I fail to see how a candidate whose name has been so tarnished by these allegations, even one who has protested his innocence, could realistically hope to represent his nation’s interests on an international stage given the events of the last two months.

That is why Strauss-Kahn had to step down as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.



soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. joe guy

    so i guess you media folks will be retracting all the false stories about the rape claim from this illegal immigrant, who has a boyfriend in jail and is money laundering too, but that does not count because she is a female, like all of your employees. i will be waiting for your retraction. never let the facts get in the way of a good story!

    July 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  2. El Kidd

    "Yet I fail to see how a candidate whose name has been so tarnished by these allegations, even one who has protested his innocence, could realistically hope to represent his nation’s interests on an international stage given the events of the last two months."

    As a french and a socialist voter, I can't see why he couldn't realistically hope to represent his nation's interest on an international stage. He charismatic, he's brilliant, and to the contrary of the US, we don't lose our times judging who our political leaders (should or) shouldn't sleep with.

    But private life seems to be a estranged notion on your side of the atlantic. Some media reported his "agressive behavior towards women"...well just prove it. And I doubt someone will be able to. If he (is freed by a drop of charges) has the will to go ahead for the presidential elections, no rumors will make him lose. He might lose for other reasons. But not for that one.

    I can't wait to see him go back to the USA in late 2012 as french president ;-)

    Cheers

    July 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  3. DidgereeDoo

    how quickly the world condemned him and believed the maid. She hoodwinked the NYPD together with the D.A. - dummies of magnitude. Changed forever the future of France (good or bad). Trashed a decent man (well maybe not decent, but not guilty). Glorified a drug-connected puta who has HIV and lives in the gutters of NYC.... merely because she is woman and he is a man. How WRONG of everyone .. the media, the politicians, the cops, the DA (duh), the audience. Learn (if you can) from this

    July 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  4. rh

    I would be shocked if he were freed today, as there were repeated mentions of physical evidence including blood and s3men on her and in the room.

    A victim's past is not considered in a court case. If indeed she was trying to profit from the rape case, that is a separate issue, and does not mean rape did not happen.

    And how about his credibility? Vis a vis, the reporter, etc. etc.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  5. Freedom for all

    This case only proves how easily a man can end up in jail if a woman yells "rape". This woman is an insult to women who have been actually raped.

    If it is proven that she was lying, I think she should get the same time in jail as the alleged rapist would have gotten.

    Question is, how do you repair the damage done to that man should he turn out to be innocent?

    July 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  6. T C Giokroussis

    You fail to see a political future for DSK because you report (and possibly think) from an Anglo-Saxon perspective. The political added value for a French politician unjustly accused (and, more importantly, publicly ridiculed) far exceeds the damage of what you call "tarnished name". If things come out as dreamy as they seem for him, and there are no hidden clauses in the case, the Socialist Party nomination will be his for the asking. And Anglo-Saxons will remain baffled...

    July 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  7. Rodrigo Ribeiro

    The judiciary and the executive in US should be held responsible for its actions. They are always jumping in to conclusions. In US, Police usually arrest people first before looking for the facts and answerers. Is that politically Correct???

    July 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  8. nick durham

    Miss dos Santos says " I fail to see how a candidate whose name has been so tarnished by these allegations, even one who has protested his innocence, could realistically hope to ...etc etc..

    - and if he is ACTUALLY innocent -as is appearing increasingly likely ?
    In Miss Dos Santos's world does an accusation ,even a false one, tarnish one ? Maybe in Stalin's Russia or the NYPD but I reckon that if it is proved that he is a victim of a blatant injustice then his chance of success in the primary or future presidential election may actually be enhanced.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  9. Lex

    Why can you fail to see how someone who has been [unfairly] tarnished following this affair, be able to represent his nation's interest!?!? If he has been unfairly accused, dragged through the mud, but comes out of this a 'victim' of a some kind of manipulation, and a media circus, then he may even get some sympathy votes. I would suggest however reviewing the US justice system, whereby being a prominent individual actually does you a disservice. Not suggesting it should be the other way around, as is the case in most other countries (including in europe), but there needs to be a balance.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  10. Ben

    CNN letting facts get in the way of a good story? Contrast the near-demonization of DSK with the ridiculous sweetening of American defendant Amanda Knox. CNN even posted Amanda's cutsie childhood photos! CNN - shame on you!

    July 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  11. Abramo

    "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story!" So true, so many times . . . . .

    July 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  12. BombardierBob

    Trouble with this is, this guy has done this before and might have with this maid but none the less her own past can tarnish the present case if it is true. Sad part is these kind of monsters tend to trash the victims in court and beyond cause they have the lawyers to do it for them and the media to back any false claims too... These cases are the worse to handle and deal with period!

    July 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  13. robert saint amour

    the nancy grace school of idiocy has made cnn into an international joke...easy to accuse and little or no accountability

    July 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  14. MAF

    Game, set and match to US "justice". DSK needed to be removed, he was not longer puppeting what the US wanted him to, and now he has been destroyed. Christine Lagarde appointed on Wednesday, trial goes belly-up Friday. Coincidence? He was tarred and feathered even before his walk of shame, and the police, authorities and media allowed it and stoked it. I hope all the chambermaids ("Shame on you") will be doing the same when the case is dismissed? Innocent until proven guilty indeed.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  15. Will N. OT. B, Setup

    Wow, the whole setup by the US intelligence services is finally falling apart. What comes next: DSK will become the next President of France in 2012 and EU – US relations (with or without Obama) will be very chilly – to say the least for the next couple of years. I think that many, many Europeans don't feel like going to the USA anymore. Not even for vacation. It doesn't feel safe. You have no rights anymore whether you are a US citizen (like Bradley Manning) or worse – if you have a foreign passport. Americans – you have serious work to do to restore your country to its former glory.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  16. heiner schlueschen

    die translation in die deutsche war very witzige...fuer mich!..
    andere peeple vielleicht kopfschmerze and zweifel an competence...
    i offer...send the translation first to me, i will redigate.
    heiner.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  17. Carl

    The American media -which has no respect for the principle that someone is innocent until proven guilty- made a big mistake with this story : they took the word of an illegal immigrant who was in contact with a criminal boyfriend over the word of a well-respected european politician.

    One can not but wonder why the American media jumped on this so fast and so hard. Was it to sell more copies ? Was it because he was European ? Was it because he was French, one of the few countries in the world that had the guts to question what the US said to the UN regarding IRak (and was proven right) ?

    Or is this common practice in the US : destroy a carreer as soon as someone makes an alligation ?

    Whatever the reason is, I am looking forward for your excuses.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  18. meyer

    Whatever happens in the present case in New York, it has revealed the hidden face of Strauss Kahn to everybody. So far there were rumors of womanizing. Now; he's been exposed as a drug addict, his drug being sex. A person who is not free and would be a liability if he was running our country.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  19. joelle esther benyayer

    well when people do nothing wrong is normal in var im trate like a criminal myself because someone got contact in french defense and dutch in frejus have done a wrong things and use my identity papers well by the way we got loggistic cables used also for drugs trafic in area saint raphael to port grimaud south of france and we know some military are invold with drugs nazis group hacking prositution why no investigation like in america in france for this people the prostitituion in my ara why so big i be rape in flat 14 in my residence was girls Eros consulante with dutch name denis allard and put there by dutch and french extreme right no only protitution more perfides a kind of ideology a warning and for sure an investigtion seem normal well the french police take times for me face dammage teeth and someone use my paprrs so yes the collapse of fauss accusation for DSK after come the excuses no joelle esther benyayer

    July 2, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  20. Los t Americanos

    Are you kidding? Its France. They will herald his "victoire" as "la liberte" over the imperialist-American-Sarkozy-co-conspirators and vote him faster than you can say "une baguette sil vous plait". I will even bet that they will have a special referendum to stay elections so that he can prepare to run for the election. This is the best thing that could have happened to him, the French will eat it up like day old pate' . For my part I am loathing already to hear the Frenchies boasting their already over inflated self-righteous image of themselves and their country over the American "chien".

    In pre-reply I retort – let us not forget who brought us the legacy of Vietnam (Indochine), the abuse stories of the foreign legion on the citizens of Algeria (Algerie) and the Viche' Nazis. Touche' !

    July 2, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  21. Manuel Scettri

    So just to be clear, an allegation (starting right there we go right into assumptions) proves to be false, and his name is STILL tarnished?? So much for innocent till proven guilty. I would think a proof of innocence would make a person just that, innocent.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  22. Chatanooga

    The legacy of the media, putting people in prison long before the courts...

    July 2, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  23. Michelle

    So she decided to clean another room with a severely injured shoulder and genital injuries before screaming rape? All she's done is discredit and throw doubts about the veracity of real rape victims – that's the real tragedy of this story.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  24. Betsy

    You'll wait a long time before anyone bothers to apologise for being judge and jury before the facts were established!

    July 2, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  25. Sammy D

    It is surely too early to judge either the outcome the court case, or his future in politics. However I am not convinced with the journalist's comment that he had to step down as head of the IMF because his name had been tarnished. He had to step down because he had been arrested and denied his liberty. If he had been released on bail and been able to return to Washington DC to continue his work while he protested his innocence he could have continued in his IMF role – many heads of states have been accused of serious crimes – think of the current Italian prime minister – but have continued in their positions while court cases have continued. Rape is a very serious crime and he may still be found guilty of it, but if the journalist is right about the potential for the tarnishing of reputations this case does raise again the question of whether both the victim and the alleged perpetrator should remain anonymous until found guilty. The disadvantage of anonymity is that it doesn't enable possible other past victims to come forward, so there is no ideal solution, but it does need to be considered again.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  26. Angelo

    "Yet I fail to see how a candidate whose name has been so tarnished by these allegations, even one who has protested his innocence, could realistically hope to represent his nation’s interests on an international stage given the events of the last two months."
    Why not? In Europe this case will be seen as just another example of American cowboy justice. It will make him more popular and it's not the "international stage" which votes in France.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  27. hello there

    Tarnished by whom and why? The media and of course the bought and paid for apparatus publicly hung this man before proven guilty. Whatever the reason Greece was hung in the follow up. Money is mighty these days, not a mill, not a bill but a trill. Where does it stop? When a few people control the total global wealth shown in bits on a screen in worthless paper currency? The irony will be the day that all those bits represent exactly what they are, nothing

    July 2, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  28. FIL

    I'm afraid not, this story sounds now less interessant, no more "perv".

    July 2, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  29. Harry

    I am an American living in France, and I fail to see how your paragraph about his tarnished image is relevant. While American politics are very much based on policitians personal lives and the perfect image they portray (heaven forbid a gay president, a divorced one (only Raegan was ever), or a strong-mouthed/willed on, etc), French politics are about canditates strength and power, and ability to deal with situations, which DSK has done in this case. People are on his side now more than every and see him as an ever stronger person and candidate than ever.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  30. Plamen Nikolov

    Dear Nina,

    Thanks for the post but don't you think that the actual facts are more important to determine the integrity of a politician than what someone attempts to do to their reputation? If tarnishing is more important to you as a thoughtful journalist (which I would assume you'd like to call yourself) why don't you go after every story published about people in the National Enquirer or something? Or did I miss the memo where The World Business anchors "get to grips with the issues" based on what they read in the National Enquirer?

    July 2, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  31. some othe guy

    This shows how easy some random maid can destroy a career of an innocent man and how helpful the press is.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  32. Arthur

    The good question is "What's next for the USA ?", because this shambles will not be without serious consequences...

    July 2, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  33. roger claessens

    With respect, do not agree with your conclusion....justice means more than that, it means the person should lead his life as if nothing happened and we should respect him even more for he suffered from fals accusations.

    July 2, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  34. titi

    Shame on Daily news and New york Post for their insults, "le perv" and so on ... They should be attacked in justice for good .

    July 2, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  35. Vincent

    "Yet I fail to see how a candidate whose name has been so tarnished by these allegations, even one who has protested his innocence, could realistically hope to represent his nation’s interests on an international stage given the events of the last two months." This shows you don't much about french politic, If DSK is cleared then he'll come back to France even more popular than before the trial. So if he's willing to be candidate to french presidential elections he will become the most popular candidate left wing party would never have had.

    July 2, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  36. David Evans

    Sometimes the way forward is cleared forcibly and unexpectedly.

    Strauss Kahn has now had the shackles of IMF responsibilities released which clears the way to make his Presidential bid.

    Tarnish the reputation of a hero !

    Bad publicity ? Some successfully thrive on the notion that "All publicity is good publicity !"

    President Chavez attempted to murder a previous Venezuelan President and was imprisoned for several years for that.

    That did not stop the populace voting him in as President with a huge majority at a later date.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  37. eric

    The facts are still: did they have a sexual relation in this room ? In that case, DSK is a liar . We don't care if this man could be the best candidate for the french election: France doesn't need to be shame by this kind of attitude like Berlusconi or Cliton.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  38. candide

    And the next victim will be Christine Lagarde for her relation with Bernard tapie !

    July 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  39. michel Lombard

    what seemed so obvious to you and me a month ago now is beginning to prove not so obvious. Strauss kahn may not be a saint but the way the case was handled both by the newspapers and by the prosecution appeared really shocking for us French . Once again , everybody rushed to the same direction and today it's a shameless about-face ! I hope Strauss Kahn will be released and free to get back to the old country but I can't help wondering about the way things sometimes are.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  40. Jon Obasango

    Have u ever heard about a certain U.S. politician who had consensual sex with an intern and then went on to be President?

    July 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  41. Tyler Keys

    DSK is not the only one on trial in this case. The American justice system and the moral fibre of the French electorate are also under the spotlight.

    With regard to the American justice system, we should applaud the New York police and the subsequent follow-up by the courts for their professional work in handling this case. The revelation by the prosecution that the plaintiff's credibility is in doubt should be viewed as an outstanding example of the court's ability and willingness to carry through their job in an unbiased fashion. And the subsequent, and very expedient, review of DSK's bail conditions adds further evidence that these people are doing there job.

    The moral fibre of the French electorate that is an issue yet to be scrutinized. Whether you support the Right or the Left is not the issue – "moral fiber" is the issue.

    DSK's lawyer has not disputed the forensic evidence presented by the plaintiff's lawyer. Although not proof, this lack of response strongly suggests that, at the very least, DSK is guilty of adultery.

    Athough adultery is no longer a crime in many countries, it is considered to be immoral by most people.

    Should presidents and princes be immune from the commonly accepted moral code of their people?

    Should we – the electorate – outright reject a candidate based on their sexual indescretions? What about their redeeming features?

    The Americans have already been on tested on this issue with the re-election of Bill Clinton. And so we can safely question their moral judgement of the French as being less than credible.

    The spotlight will soon be on the French electorate to tell the world what they think is right and what is wrong.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  42. Michael Lim

    If he is not proven guilty, why can't he run for the President's office? Just because someone throws some mud at him?

    July 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  43. Peter Raab

    There is a lot of bad smell left: Where has the "in dubio pro reo" gone? Is this our social and political future?

    July 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  44. Tiger73

    In the United States, a person is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Regrettably, we all felt that he was guilty, and this frenzy was fermented by the media and the prosecution. Please let us all reflect on this experience, and let us all go back to the values advocated by our Founding Fathers. Justice, justice shall you pursue.

    July 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  45. bryan

    Its so wonderful that just the accusation of a crime is enough to screw you over.

    Who cares about a guilty verdict anymore? You already lost everything and nearly everyone just being accused.

    Thus articles tone just adds to that idiocy.
    Maybe you should write an article about the damage of false allegation and why people latch on them so much and why when those allegations turn out to be false the accused is still looked at as a criminal.

    Seriously what ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty" SK is as innocent of rape as you or i, yet our reputations remain intact.

    July 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  46. Leo Tuttle

    Strauss-Kahn can very well have raped the woman – however, with the maid having perhaps received large tips for her "services" – a rape accusation will now fall to the ground. Does not look good however you turn it. Maybe he did not want to pay her? Maybe he did pay her. God knows. There are women enough out there who would have gone out with Strauss-Kahn and not caused this kind of trouble. It is all his own fault......

    July 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  47. Pierre

    Falsehood is never corrected by repetition. Over and over again socalled journalists have repeated that "people (in Frence) were shocked to see one of their most prominent politicians treated in the same manner as a "common criminal.". No ! We were chocked to see how badly common prosecuted people were treated in the American legal system. We were chocked by seeing how people presumed innocence until otherwise proved and condemned, were dragged through the mud by journalists who would have been prosecuted themselves if they had acted likewise in France. We were chocked by observing that no major newspaper or newsagency in the US denounced the witch-hunt. We are many that have lost whatever were left of respect of the American newspaper profession, by what happened – independently of what happens in the common weeks and months.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  48. Pierre

    Sorry for the typos above. I hope the text is understandable anyway.

    July 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  49. Evan

    The article's conclusion expressing the opinion "Yet I fail to see how a candidate whose name has been so tarnished by these allegations, even one who has protested his innocence, could realistically hope to represent his nation’s interests on an international stage given the events of the last two months" is really an indictment on the French public who have the power to elect this man.

    For one thing, that implies that a person's reputation can be permanently tarnished by a lying slanderer, which means that anyone determined to get a politician out of the running simply has to set them up.

    As an illustration, why couldn't an attractive male hotel consierge claim a female presidential candidate came on to him while he was showing her the suite, groped him and scratched his face as he tried to extracate himself from her amorous advanced - because he was paid $100,000 by a corporation representing her political opposition? Once she sits in jail and her political aspirations are ruined, he simply can't get his story straight, so they release her from house arrest.

    Yet as YOU the author of this article suggest, she is ruined becaused her reputation is tarnished, and we know a reputation is only as good as the people voting. However, if the caliber of voters is high, if the people who want her in office are above being manipulated by tricksters, she could immediately reenter the race (for president) and conceivably win.

    Thiink about it. Any woman that wants Obama out of the picture, given the opportunity, could do the exact same thing this maid did to Strauss-Kahn. Would that ruin his chance of reelection. If he were a Republican, I'd say so because my sense is nobody cares about truth but only appearances in the Republican party. Democrat? Maybe, because if Obama is innocent in that scenario, I would think Democrats are less tied down with pretense (but I may be wrong). In any case, integrity crosses all party lines. The French people will get what they vote for, and if they reject a potentially good candidate because a woman of obviously questional moral character slanders someone for money or whatever, they will get a really leacherous candidate who knows how to steer clear of controversy when assaulting hotel maids (i.e. they'll pay her $100,000 to shut up).

    July 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  50. Jomo

    Don't get people into confusion. The evidency of phyisical contact with sexual activity intention is testified. So the case cannot collapse. One juges facts, not metaphysical causalities or the feelings. M. DSK is free from administrative limitation, because the Prosecutor is sure that he will not fly away. The past of the both cannot be a suffiicient reason to minimise or overload. There is no jurisprudence allowing men to act and talk at women's place. Accusation charges thus remain. I appreciate the way the Prosecutor's office set up Prisonner's Dilemma Theory, meaning that its up to DSK and Miss Diallo to indicate in which kind of sauce they freely want to be eaten.

    July 3, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  51. dave

    just too bad that nypd did not further investigate the maid before arresting a france vip. now its very embarasting that he will walk and what if he becomes presitdent of france and what will he do to revenge america for all this nonsence crap!

    July 3, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  52. Nanbawan

    It might still be too early to tell but I sense that if the case is dropped, a lot of what has been spat on DSK won't be swallowed back...

    July 3, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  53. John Q. Public

    I still wouldn't trust Dominique Strauss-Kahn to run any nation even if he is exonerated or the case for the Prosecution falls apart. It appears to me to have been an excellent smear campaign against the victim. However, the French live by different standards. The quicker we permanently deport this scum bag from US shores, the happier I will be, and I certainly hope we send France all the bills that US taxpayers have had to pay to bring this creep to justice.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  54. James

    Nina dos Santos seems to miss the point that they guy is likely innocent.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  55. Roger Rabbit

    So will that female be returned to her home country and be flogged publicly and her tongue cut out? and will the media apologize for their premature assumptions, will the USA formally apologize for parading an innocent man as a criminal in public? will they pay him back all the damage they caused to his person , good name and character? and pay him for future lost wages??Or is it just another case of "oops"..we did what we thought was right??I hope the maid fries...slowly.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:54 am |
  56. cornel

    The most dramatic fact of all is that a person (not to mention chief of the IMF !!!! ) can be dragged of a plane and then arrested , thus trashing his career all based on a call made by a maid . I`m sorry to say but this world has gone mad .
    And all of this because people forgot they have this organ called brain. For the love of God START USING IT !

    July 3, 2011 at 2:00 am |
  57. Jorge Curi

    We are all witnessing the beginnig of the US's fall, and I believe that more and more "trash" will pop up and the world will see who they really are: self-centered, bossy, pushy...

    July 3, 2011 at 3:07 am |
  58. T

    Forget who is elected. The USA always maintains a Wall Street Government. They look after their own. Don't you think if they can keep all those bankers from going to jail after banking meltdown, they can keep the IMF head out of jail. Think about it. He raped a black maid who is an immigrant from Africa. There is a zero percent chance that he would ever be found guilty. He is responsible for trillions of dollars. You don't just let someone like that get arrested and convicted. I am sure a group behind the scenes has worked hard to discredit this woman, and I am surprised that she has not already gone missing. Judging by the posts on here, I would say their PR is working. The raped maid is losing sympathy due to her character. Once her character drops below a certain level, she is fair game to be raped, fired or allowed to go missing. It is amazing how a PR firm can instill the same feelings into the American public that an Islamic country feels about women every day......Brilliant work and if I were a betting man, Kahn is released back to France, the maid is deported and this serves as a lesson to any poor person out there. Do not kid yourself. The law does not apply to you unless you can afford it.

    July 3, 2011 at 3:39 am |
  59. The Inside Job- Now on DVD

    @cornel

    I would say any man who would risk his "career" by having sex with a black, guinean, immigrant, maid that he had never met and that was cleaning his room, probably didn't care much about his career in the first place. If he did care, then he has an even bigger problem. He felt he was too big to get caught and in trouble. Which would put him in the same mindset as someone like Lindsay Lohan. There are only two choices. Which is it?

    July 3, 2011 at 3:51 am |
  60. Hello

    This is a scam to take down a powerful man by other powerful men. Rigging the system and bribing a maid with over 1 million dollars only makes it harder for real victims of sexual assault to obtain justice. His name should have been protected just like the bribed accuser. In any event, some lawyer should be disbarred for allowing this sham to happen.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  61. Hello

    Not the maids fault she was bribed and threatened. It is the fault of the media for jumping to conclusions and allowing itself to be manipulated into destroying the credibility of our legal system. It is the fault of the prosecutors office for not vetting this case properly. And most importantly, allowing false accusations to go to court or be brought up in the media will harm victims of real sexual assaults.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  62. Hello

    Tyler Keys:
    With regard to the American justice system, we should applaud the New York police and the subsequent follow-up by the courts for their professional work in handling this case.

    ---------

    Wrong. The prosecutors office should have or did know that DSK was being framed in some power struggle. This case is a black mark on their record if not an outright case of being bribed to "slime" DSK a crime in and of itself. I have jury duty next week and this will definitively mean that the prosecutor's office will need to do more to ensure their trustworthiness. Don't get me wrong, if DSK has moral issues regarding dealings with women, the public should be informed.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  63. Common Sense

    CNN has great new stories in general. But, on certain topics such as DSK and the starvation blockade in Gaza and the USA bond Audacity of Hope Gaza flotilla CNN is worst than tabloid magazines at best and criminal at worst.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  64. Jubril

    Considering that most french feel he is the victim, If i was french i would vote for DSK any time

    July 3, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  65. J Bwardi

    The fact that the man is guilty or innocent has been totally over shadowed by the way media has handled this story. Court cases in general be it high profile people involved or your normal Joe should be held in private where the judge and jury decide a persons fate, media has no part in the system nor does the public who don't have the full facts or a seat in the jury to give their verdict.
    In regards to Miss do Santos comments, if i was to accuse you now of falsification of facts in your reports and plagiarism...would you give up your job as a reporter and stay at home? would my accusation be enough for you to stop what you do even if you were found not guilty in a court of law? I don't believe you would, neither should he .

    July 3, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  66. Serbia

    Mr. Vance Junior (the prosecutor) is no better than his father who destroyed Serbia. Scum family!

    July 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  67. franck

    Good week for France : 3 hostages freed

    July 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  68. LEM

    A tragedy for America really..!!

    The presumption of inocence thrown out of the window in a country that prides itself as the protector of civil liberty. DSK pareded like a comon criminal.

    Maybe soon in America, The President will invite him to the White House and the police escorts will be the very same Men that pareded him like a comon criminal. How embarassing. Perhaps the President should have beenn called before he was paraded in such a way. Imagine what would have happened if a similar situation would have happened in France with John McCain?

    July 4, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  69. Leo

    what would happen if hypothetically you changed the names in this article to Nina Dos Santos instead of DSK, unethical behaviour instead of sexual assault and journalism instead of politics... if proven innocent would she still "realistically hope to represent her network's interests on an international stage given the events of the last two months..."

    The case is still to be decided, if proven innocent a man has the right to walk the earth proudly feeling no sense of shame.

    July 4, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  70. Victorianism

    This case can be commented and separated into three: 1) Did NYC police and media conduct themselves in full accordance with the local law? If yes, then there is nothing wrong here, even if we and others do not feel comfortable about it-you go there, then behave yourself there, or otherwise to receive the consequences. 2) Did the woman really get raped or something else against her will? If not, then punish her, and free the alleged and there is no need here to make more than a polite 'sorry' for the police and the media if all they followed the local law well enough. But there is another possible scenario-the woman did be done against her will. I think every sane grow-up human being inherently has the logic reasoning ability to know that the fact that the maid did not get raped or behave honestly belore doesn't necessarily mean she can't be raped or hurt now. (It is just damned funny of the local authorities to elicit out any undoubted innocence of the alleged based on the maid's former behavior, though it may offer some kind of weak hint. But hers is just another case for the police if it gets interested later. 3) The alleged. Nothing here good enough and interesting to me to say anything about this man. Or, all I would like to say is HE has really disappointed me, and many others who once had big expectations of him.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  71. Payday Loans Services

    I was shocked as they were fail to see the potential evidence in the case.

    July 5, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  72. lolface

    money = corruption, this guy has been getting away with rapes throughout most of his career look, a quick look at wiki shows a constant string of accusations and cahrges against him that do not stick because he is rich. He even got away with forcing a subordinate to be his mistress by threatening her job, her home and her marriage but even those where dropped and yes there is evidence showing he did in fact do all that.
    Just look at the American legal system, people with money are rarely ever found guilty of anything unless the offense is against another rich person.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm |

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