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1 Interesting Times  Sat, May 14, 2011 7:05:54pm

Ugh. Seems he decided to literally do to a person what the IMF figuratively does to third-world countries.

He was expected to be taken to the offices of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit at P.S.A. 5 in Manhattan, another official said.

This case to become Law and Order SVU plot in 3…2…1…

2 Pythagoras  Sat, May 14, 2011 7:18:12pm

Does he have diplomatic immunity?

I’d guess not but the article doesn’t say. If he doesn’t, he’s screwed.

3 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 9:43:08pm

re: #2 Pythagoras

Does he have diplomatic immunity?
I’d guess not but the article doesn’t say. If he doesn’t, he’s screwed.

No he doesn’t, at least not for that. IMF-officials only have immunity for acts performed as part of their official duties.

He was scheduled to meet German chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday.
Strange story. If true he must have totally lost it. How was he supposed to get away with this?

4 goddamnedfrank  Sat, May 14, 2011 9:58:26pm

re: #3 Mark Winter

If true he must have totally lost it. How was he supposed to get away with this?

He mistook her two X chromosomes for consent.

5 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:13:36pm

re: #4 goddamnedfrank

I don’t know. This guy lives in the U.S. most of the time. I’m sure he knows that it would be extremely dumb to sexually molest a maid in a NY hotel.

People are quick to assume that he must be guilty because he refuses to cooperate with police and isn’t saying anything without consulting a lawyer.

Which actually is the smart thing to do even if you are completely innocent.

6 funky chicken  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:25:57pm

re: #3 Mark Winter

No he doesn’t, at least not for that. IMF-officials only have immunity for acts performed as part of their official duties.

He was scheduled to meet German chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday.
Strange story. If true he must have totally lost it. How was he supposed to get away with this?

He’s superrich and very powerful. She’s a lousy hotel maid. I’d guess he thought she’d be honored by his attention.

7 goddamnedfrank  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:31:20pm

re: #5 Mark Winter

People assume he’s guilty because he fled the scene in enough of a hurry that he left his phone and DNA behind, then tried to flee the country, which is a bad look anywhere. The assault took place in the afternoon (1pm) which means it took place after normal check out time, which indicates that he was scheduled to stay there that night but boarded a flight scheduled to leave at 4:40pm. QED He was trying to flee the country.

Smart, successful, powerful men accustomed to spending time in the US aren’t immune to acting like dumb shits.

8 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:31:30pm

re: #6 funky chicken

I’d like to hear his version first although I think that NY police will have a damn good reason to believe the maid, given the political implications.

It’s true that powerful people can lose it completely.

9 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:36:17pm

re: #7 goddamnedfrank

People assume he’s guilty because he fled the scene in enough of a hurry that he left his phone and DNA behind, then tried to flee the country, which is a bad look anywhere. The assault took place in the afternoon (1pm) which means it took place after normal check out time, which indicates that he was scheduled to stay there that night but boarded a flight scheduled to leave at 4:40pm. QED He was trying to flee the country.

Smart, successful, powerful men accustomed to spending time in the US aren’t immune to acting like dumb shits.

No he was scheduled to meet Angela Merkel today, so I’m pretty sure that this was the flight to Paris he was supposed to take anyway. The flight was scheduled to arrive in Paris an hour ago and he was supposed to fly to Berlin after that.

I bet he had a late check out and was getting ready for the flight.

10 goddamnedfrank  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:42:54pm

re: #9 Mark Winter

No he was scheduled to meet Angela Merkel today, so I’m pretty sure that this was the flight to Paris he was supposed to take anyway.

Got it, thanks. She is overdue for another surprise shoulder rub.

11 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:45:52pm

Maybe he expected a last-minute hooker, and somebody wanted to do him in and sent a regular maid instead.

12 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:48:54pm

re: #10 goddamnedfrank

Got it, thanks. She is overdue for another surprise shoulder rub.

She got away this time…

Reasons I tend to believe the story:

1) The maid must have known that accusing the guest of a 3000-dollar suite would be very difficult.
2) The hotel didn’t try to hush up the incident. And Sofitel is a French hotel. They must have been fully aware of the importance of their guest.
3) Police seemed to be rather determined. I bet they checked the story carefully. And obviously they didn’t call up Bloomberg before they arrested him.
4) DNA evidence. If any trace of his DNA is found on the maid’s body (and they say there was a fight) he’ll have a hard time explaining this away.

Let’s see what his lawyer will say.

13 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:50:33pm

re: #11 000G

Maybe he expected a last-minute hooker, and somebody wanted to do him in and sent a regular maid instead.

A hooker dressed up like a maid? Might be something a French lawyer would try…

14 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 10:59:17pm

One detail doesn’t sound right though:

In the New York case, Mr. Browne said that it was about 1 p.m. on Saturday when the maid, a 32-year-old woman, entered Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s suite — Room 2806 — believing it was unoccupied. Mr. Browne said that the suite, which cost $3,000 a night, had a foyer, a conference room, a living room and a bedroom, and that Mr. Strauss-Khan had checked in on Friday.

That sounds strange to me. In an upmarket hotel the maid would ALWAYS know whether the room is occupied or not. Especially when it’s a 3000-dollar suite.

15 goddamnedfrank  Sat, May 14, 2011 11:02:12pm

re: #14 Mark Winter

That sounds strange to me. In an upmarket hotel the maid would ALWAYS know whether the room is occupied or not. Especially when it’s a 3000-dollar suite.

If a guest is given late check out but doesn’t put out his “do not disturb” sign then the maid is likely to check on the room.

16 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 11:07:15pm

re: #15 goddamnedfrank

If a guest is given late check out but doesn’t put out his “do not disturb” sign then the maid is likely to check on the room.

Usually not happening with high profile guests. The hotel would check this very carefully and never allow a maid into the room without checking this with the guest first.

But anyway, shit happens. Still I think that that is not the whole story.

17 Mark Winter  Sat, May 14, 2011 11:23:36pm

But really, NYPD should have good reasons to believe the maid’s story. Because it’s very hard to make it up, especially in such a short time. They would certainly question her on any possible details and those are hard to get right all the time if things didn’t happen the way she told them.

My take is that his lawyers will try to present what happened as “one great misunderstanding” and hope that she’ll drop the charges (encouraged by a hefty sum).

If not, he’s done. French papers report that he was poised to win the upcoming French Presidential elections.

Too bad. Missing all those saucy parties with Berlusconis female entertainers…

18 lostlakehiker  Sun, May 15, 2011 7:50:13am

re: #12 Mark Winter

She got away this time…

Reasons I tend to believe the story:

1) The maid must have known that accusing the guest of a 3000-dollar suite would be very difficult.
2) The hotel didn’t try to hush up the incident. And Sofitel is a French hotel. They must have been fully aware of the importance of their guest.
3) Police seemed to be rather determined. I bet they checked the story carefully. And obviously they didn’t call up Bloomberg before they arrested him.
4) DNA evidence. If any trace of his DNA is found on the maid’s body (and they say there was a fight) he’ll have a hard time explaining this away.

Let’s see what his lawyer will say.

There’s not a whole lot of room for maneuver. The lawyer will pound the table.

If the law is against you, argue the facts.

If the facts are against you, argue the law.

If both are against you, pound the table.


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