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.
- Strauss-Kahn Admits to Sex Parties (politicalwire.com)
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn Confesses the Errors of His Ways — Sort of (newsfeed.time.com)
- Strauss-Kahn Admits to Sex Parties: ‘I Was Naive’ (newser.com)
- Strauss-Kahn says sex parties went too far, but lust is no crime (seattletimes.com)