Whatever happened to DSK?

Remember Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who was arrested for the alleged rape of a hotel maid in New York before walking away free when the New York prosecutor decided there wasn’t a case because of the woman’s credibility (though she insisted she was raped)?

Anyway, he’s back in the news. He has a new consulting company and is on the lecture circuit. He’s also facing criminal charges involving a connection to a prostitution ring in France. His defense: The authorities are trying to “criminalize lust.”

According to the New York Times:

In France, “Libertinage” has a long history in the culture, dating from a 16th-century religious sect of libertines. But the most perplexing question in the Strauss-Kahn affair is how a career politician with ambition to lead one of Europe’s most powerful nations was blinded to the possibility that his zest for sex parties could present a liability, or risk blackmail.

The exclusive orgies called “parties fines” — lavish Champagne affairs costing around $13,000 each — were organized as a roving international circuit from Paris to Washington by businessmen seeking to ingratiate themselves with Mr. Strauss-Kahn. Some of that money, according to a lawyer for the main host, ultimately paid for prostitutes because of a shortage of women at the mixed soirees orchestrated largely for the benefit of Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who sometimes sought sex with three or four women.

On Thursday, Mr. Strauss-Kahn broke a long silence to acknowledge that perhaps his double life as an unrestrained libertine was a little outré.

A little??!! Is that like being a little pregnant?

The New York case should have gone to trial.

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