Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Emerging Evidence Suggests Dominique Strauss-Kahn Is Innocent

The chief of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), was arrested in New York over the alleged sexual assault on a hotel maid.  He is now being held in Rikers Island Prison.

A New York judge refused bail for DSK, stating that he was a flight risk, and noting that he had boarded a plane shortly after the alleged incident.  

However, a New York Post article tends to point to DSK's innocence.  Here are the salient points:
1.  DSK had lunch with his daughter (a university student living in New York) immediately after leaving the hotel, and before boarding his plane to France.  At the same time, DSK made a number of phone calls to conduct business as usual.  This behavior seems unlikely for someone who had just committed a serious sex crime.
2.  DSK believed, erroneously, that he lad left one of his cell phones in the hotel, and called the hotel to ask them to look for it.  NY police asked the hotel staff to call DSK and state (falsely) that they had found the cell phone and would bring it to him, if he would tell them where he was.  DSK then told the hotel that he was just arriving at  JFK for a flight to France. (If he thought he was guilty of a crime and attempting to flee, this scenario makes no sense at all.)
3.  DSK's flight to France had allegedly been scheduled for sometime in advance of the alleged incident, and was business as usual and not an attempt to flee a crime.
4.  DSK was examined by police and found to have no scratches or bruising that would indicate a forcible struggle with the maid (as she has alleged).
5.  DSK admits to sex with the maid but claims it was consensual.

It seems there is enough doubt as to DSK's guilt that we should avoid drawing conclusions until all facts are known.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just some thoughts after reading your "salient points":
1. The guy who raped me went out to play tennis afterward.
2. He then appeared on TV, as usual, looking relaxed and happy - as usual.
3. He didn't have marks or scratches because despite trying to fight him off, he was much stronger than me - and I was petrified.
4. When I confronted him later on, he said he was under the impression that we had had some "fun" and a "cosy moment"...
5. I wish I had had the guts to take him to court at the time.

Stogie said...

Anonymous, your thoughts would appear irrelevant, since they apparently do not relate to an actual crime. If they did, and I was the police listening to them, I would conclude the alleged victim was a liar with a lot of convenient excuses for not resisting or reporting the crime in a timely manner.

In the case of forcible rape, it would be almost impossible for the perpetrator to escape unscathed, at least in the scenario that this maid was describing.

Pastorius said...

The facts you present here contradict the facts I have read elsewhere.

Who knows what is true?

I'm guessing it will get somewhat clearer with time, or not.

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