Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s "Naked Challenge"

Dominique Gaston André Strauss-Kahn (French pronunciation: [dɔminik stʁos kan]; born 25 April 1949), often referred to in the media,[1][2] and by himself,[3] as DSK, is a French economist, lawyer, politician, and member of the French Socialist Party (PS). Strauss-Kahn became the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 28 September 2007, with the backing of his country's president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and served in that role until his resignation on 18 May 2011 [WikiPedia]

The title of this post based on / borrowed from a New Yorker article by the magazine's Senior Editor Amy Davidson. This is familiar territory: Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been taken into custody for questioning over allegations of a prostitution ring operating out of the northern French city of Lille and reaching as far as Washington, putting the onetime French presidential hopeful back into a harsh international spotlight.

The case has been murky from the very start. Davidson: So now it is clothes that make the prostitute? Indeed, it could well be the DSK story (and person) has many layers that need peeling, like an onion perhaps...

Strauss-Kahn returned to France in early September 2011 after the charges against him in New York were dropped when New York prosecutors said they couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the former IMF chief had attacked the maid, Nafissatou Diallo. DSK has admitted to a "moral failing" in his interaction with Nafissatou Diallo but has denied he raped or assaulted her.

According to French news reports, DSK allegedly was invited to parties by the prostitution ring that took place in Paris as well as in Washington—with the last one taking place in the U.S. capital just days before DSK's ill-fated trip to New York. The reports allege the expenses were covered by the prostitution ring.

A person familiar with the matter confirmed that "prostitutes were brought from France for these parties," saying there were at least "three trips to the U.S. which were for orgies." The person said the "last trip was just before the Sofitel case."

Paying prostitutes isn't illegal in France, but encouraging prostitution by offering them to others and using corporate funds to pay for them is.

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