How Lucky Was
Have This Man as a Serious Candidate for President France
A year or so ago, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French economist and then head of the International Monetary Fund and one of the most influential men in
Europe was considered the
leading candidate to win the Presidency of France. But he was accused of assaulting a maid at
the hotel in New York where he was staying,
and was arrested by the New York City
Ultimately the charges were dropped because the accuser, an immigrant single mother from
Africa had severe credibility problems. But there is not doubt that an encounter took
place, and the accuser has since sued Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn. So Mr. Strauss-Kahn will get his day in court
after all, even if it is only a civil trial.
He will have the opportunity to demonstrate that he is innocent of any
But Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a powerful man, he is a rich man and he has really good lawyers. So his legal strategy is to punish an immigrant hotel maid to the maximum extent possible for daring to challenge His Greatness. To do this he has sued the woman demanding damages of $ 1 million.
a civil suit filed by Ms. Diallo against Mr. Strauss-Kahn in State Supreme Court in the
Bronx still stands. On
Monday, Mr. Strauss-Kahn filed a reply and counterclaim accusing her of
“knowingly and intentionally making a false report to law enforcement authorities.”
The countersuit was reported on Tuesday by The
One of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers, William W. Taylor III, said in an e-mail on Tuesday that Ms. Diallo was “directly responsible for his being arrested, imprisoned and subjected to extraordinary pain, anguish and expense.”
Of course, this is nothing pure harassment. Ms. Diallo could no more pay Mr. Strauss-Kahn $1 million dollars than she could fly to the moon. But this is not about money, its about punishment. People like Ms. Diallo are supposed to bow and scrape to people like Mr. Strauss-Kahn, not challenge them in a court of law where both parties are equal before justice.
Oh, and what about Mr. Strauss-Kahn been up to?
In recent months Mr. Strauss-Kahn has been charged in
France with involvement in a prostitution ring
and accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel in in 2010. He has denied wrongdoing. Washington