More mood music is in order for this one. Take it away, Bruce:
Ah. That was lovely. Great Canadian singer/songwriter, folks–and with the added distinction of having had this song banned from the radio airwaves in the US because it had the audacity to call the IMF by its right name and describe its actions in harsh detail. And very germane to the subject of this post, too.
A couple of hours after my last post went up, I got wind that one of the biggest MFs of the IMF (dirty MF!) has been nabbed in New York. Here’s Reuters with that:
IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody on Saturday at JFK airport in New York and was being questioned in regard to a sexual assault, a New York police spokesman told Reuters.
Spokesman Paul Browne said the woman who filed the complaint against Strauss-Kahn, 62, was a 32-year-old chambermaid who fled the room after the incident.
Strauss-Kahn, a possible Socialist candidate in the French presidential election next April, left the hotel after the incident and boarded an Air France aircraft scheduled to depart for Paris, the police spokesman said.
“The NYPD realized he had fled, he had left his cell phone behind,” Browne said. “We learned he was on an Air France plane. They held the plane and he was taken off and is now being held in police custody for questioning.”
Browne said Strauss-Kahn had not been charged.
Police said the alleged incident took place at the upscale Sofitel hotel on West 44th Street near Times Square.
The chambermaid “was brought by EMS (emergency medical services) to the Roosevelt Hotel, where she was treated for minor injuries,” Brown said.
The New York Post goes into greater detail, if you’d care to read it. (Warning: take your anti-nausea pills first.)
Yeah, you can kind of see how this arrogant prick lost the party primaries to Ségolène Royal the last time, eh? Guess his chances are shot to hell now. And a good thing, too. I’m kind of taken aback that he was actually a Socialist. The IMF is capitalist to the hilt, and very predatorily so. How that (and his fancy-pants lifestyle) squares with French socialism, I do not know.
But I do know how it squares with capitalism: very neatly, alas. Apparently Strauss-Kahn has a long and sordid history of putting his coq where it doesn’t belong. Some more consensual than others, but all of them oh, so wrong. He’s such a gigantic wanker that I decided to give him this post, all to his widdle wonesome.
So, Dominique, enjoy your moment of disgrace. And may your lovely, long-suffering wife soccer-dribble your sorry ass all around the house when you finally get back home. Serves you right that you finally got caught doing to a lady what you’ve been doing to the poor nations of the world for years, you international motherfucker.
PS: Oh boy. Another woman has come forward, this one with some truly appalling details:
A local official of the Socialist party claimed that Strauss-Kahn had attacked her daughter, who is goddaughter to Strauss-Kahn’s second wife, in 2002.
Tristane Banon was in her 20s and writing a book when she approached Strauss-Kahn for an interview in 2002. In a TV programme in 2007, in which Strauss-Kahn’s name had been bleeped out, Banon allegedly described him as a “rutting chimpanzee” and described how she was forced to fight him off. “It finished badly … very violently … I kicked him,” Banon said. “When we were fighting, I mentioned the word ‘rape’ to make him afraid, but it didn’t have any effect. I managed to get out.”
Banon consulted a lawyer, but did not press charges. “I didn’t want to be known to the end of my days as the girl who had a problem with the politician.”
Banon’s mother, Anne Mansouret, told journalists on Sunday night she had dissuaded her daughter from legal action because she believed Strauss-Kahn’s behaviour had been out of character and because of close links with his family. “Today I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter from complaining. I bear a heavy responsibility,” she said.
Look like Strauss-Kahn’s misbehavior is entirely IN character. He has a reputation for what’s politely known as “zipper trouble”:
But in 2008, after a well-documented affair with Piroska Nagy a Hungarian economist and a junior colleague at the IMF, he was forced to publicly apologise for “an error of judgment”, but was cleared of abusing his position. He insisted the relationship was consensual, but when his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, described it as a “one-night stand”, an indignant Nagy wrote to investigators saying: “I was not prepared for the advances of the IMF director general. I didn’t know what to do … I felt damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” Nagy left her job at the IMF after the affair, and hinted at harassment of female staff, adding that her boss had “without question” used his position to seduce her.
Strauss-Kahn’s alleged womanising appears to have been an open secret in French political circles for years. Thierry Saussez, a former adviser to Sarkozy, who took part in the TV show with Banon, said: “All this stupefaction from people is sheer hypocrisy. Everyone in Paris has known for years he had something of a problem. Not many female journalists are prepared to interview him alone these days.”
In 2009, the radio satirist Stephane Guillon dedicated his morning comedy slot on France Inter to Strauss-Kahn’s “obsession with females”. Some commentators suggested his behaviour was a reflection of French culture. In 2000 French writers Vincent Giret and Véronique Le Billon wrote almost presciently in their biography of him: “There is only one thing this famous man has avoided … a fall from grace.”
Looks like he finally got it…and not a moment too soon. But too late for more than one young woman, unfortunately.