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    Quote Originally Posted by oohsalmon View Post
    But it could start at SVU, theoretically?
    Oh yeah. I'd love to see Olivia going nuts when people say the forensics don't match what is being claimed. Olivia has been a little to judgmental lately for my taste.

    Stabler would still be hauling the guy off the plane...
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    (Reuters) - France is caught between denial, rage and grief at the fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with many gutted Socialist supporters clutching at conspiracy theories over the IMF chief's arrest for alleged attempted rape.

    An opinion poll taken the day after the French learned that the frontrunner in next year's presidential election was in a New York police cell, charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid, showed 57 percent thought he was the victim of a plot.

    Among Socialists, that number rose to 70 percent.

    "The French people did not want it to be true, even more so in the case of Socialist sympathizers," Gerald Bronner, a Strasbourg University sociologist specialized in popular beliefs, told the newspaper Le Monde.

    Strauss-Kahn denies the charges. If he is innocent, as he declared in his letter of resignation to the board of the International Monetary Fund, then there has to be some other hidden explanation.

    Because the allegations seemed so incredible, many in France instinctively ascribed his arrest to American puritan zeal or to some "honey trap" set by profiteers or political enemies for the charismatic former finance minister, an avowed ladies' man.

    As in the case of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Internet and social networks provided an echo chamber for conspiracy theories eschewed by mainstream media.

    Socialists who have been out of power since 2002 and have not won a presidential election since 1988 were stunned to see their best hope of ousting conservative Nicolas Sarkozy implode just weeks before he had been expected to declare his candidacy.

    "Yes we Kahn" T-shirts were already being printed and advance teams were working on policy papers.

    "It's as if the sky had fallen in. Of course, people are tempted to question the timing and ask who had an interest in this," said a Socialist official, who asked not to be identified because of orders from party leaders not to discuss the matter. Philosopher and activist Bernard-Henri Levy, a friend of Strauss-Kahn, noted that the hotel room number where the alleged assault took place was 2806 -- corresponding to the June 28 date of the opening of registration for a Socialist party primary.

    STAGES OF GRIEF

    The French appear to be working their way through the five stages of grief defined by the Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

    First came denial.

    Strauss-Kahn's closest political lieutenants may have lent credence to the notion of a set-up with sound-alike statements that the allegations did not correspond to "the man I know."

    Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, his unofficial campaign manager, said ominously that Strauss-Kahn had been threatened with "nuclear fire" if he ran for president. He did not say by whom.

    Levy said it was "absurd" to think that the charmer of women whom he had known for 20 years was "this monster, this caveman, this insatiable and malevolent beast."

    At first, only a couple of fringe politicians said publicly that the IMF chief might be the victim of a machination.

    "It could come from the IMF, it could come from the French right, from the French left," said centrist former minister Christine Boutin, leader of a small Christian Democratic party.

    But a senior Socialist politician weighed in on Friday.

    Claude Bartolone told RTL radio Strauss-Kahn had told him on April 29 that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was trying to push him out of the IMF before his planned departure to run for the presidency. He cited no reason.

    "Watch out for Putin," Bartolone quoted Strauss-Kahn as having said.

    As far as bargaining is concerned, some Strauss-Kahn supporters have latched on to his defense attorney's suggestion that the IMF chief did not flee and the evidence was not consistent with a "forcible encounter."

    Then came anger.

    Senior Socialists and media commentators vented their fury at the public parading of Strauss-Kahn, handcuffed and unshaven, by U.S. law enforcement officers, accusing them of trampling on his right to be presumed innocent.

    Former culture minister Jack Lang called it a "lynching."

    The judge's initial refusal to grant the IMF chief bail also drew incredulity in France, where few could imagine that such a senior financial statesman could be considered a "flight risk."

    Yet French magistrates routinely keep suspects, including VIPs, in pre-trial custody for extended periods even when the charges do not involve violence, in what defense lawyers say is a routine tactic to extract confessions.

    French politicians saw no parallel with the case of film director Roman Polanski, whom the French shielded for three decades from extradition to the United States to face sentencing for having drugged and had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

    Polanski's lawyers say he served a jail term before he fled Los Angeles in 1978 and the victim has long asked for the case to be dropped.

    "In some ways, I suspect Strauss-Kahn is paying for the Polanski affair," said Robert Menard, a commentator and former head of the media watchdog Reporters without Borders.

    DEPRESSION

    After days of denial and anger, there are some signs that the French response may be turning to depression.

    Party leader Martine Aubry was reported by participants to have burst into tears briefly during an emergency meeting of Socialist leaders on Tuesday to discuss the Strauss-Kahn affair.

    "I am in mourning for my candidate," said the Socialist party official.

    But as Kuebler-Ross noted, the stages of grief do not always occur in the same sequence and are sometimes jumbled together.

    The French political class may be coming to terms with the lack of any evidence of a conspiracy, but out in the grassroots, many people are sticking to their suspicions.

    "Trickery, trickery, trickery!" exclaimed Yannick, a construction worker in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, where Strauss-Kahn once was mayor.

    "It's obvious! 85 percent of people around here say that!"

    (Additional reporting by Alexandria Sage and Thierry Leveque)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...74J23420110520
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    (Reuters) - President Nicolas Sarkozy has kept up a carefully calculated silence as sex assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have rocked France and triggered a weeklong outpouring of grief and recrimination.

    While Socialists have lamented the lightning downfall of the runaway favorite to win the 2012 presidential election, and National Front leader Marine Le Pen has huffed that it was an accident waiting to happen, Sarkozy has looked dignified in holding his tongue and keeping a low profile.

    He has also instructed his ministers to keep quiet about the charges by a New York hotel maid that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her.

    The exit of his toughest challenger for next year's election will not mean a re-election shoo-in for Sarkozy, one of France's least popular presidents, but it has already bumped up his support by a couple of points in polls.

    That could be enough to help the conservative beat Le Pen into a runoff, something that was far from certain a few weeks ago. Resisting the temptation to weigh in on the case may also benefit Sarkozy further if it helps reverse a perception that he is impulsive and brash.

    "This could correct his image a little, and give the impression he is not so reactive after all," said analyst Jean-Daniel Levy at pollster Harris Interactive, of Sarkozy's lack of gloating at his rival's downfall.

    Sarkozy is also refusing to confirm whether first lady Carla Bruni is expecting the couple's first child together, even after his father and a giggling Bruni's hiding of her belly have as good as confirmed she is.

    A presidential birth could be a public relations coup for his election campaign, especially given the contrast to the charges against Strauss-Kahn, but not if he were to be seen playing it up ahead of the election in April.

    "His silence makes sense politically and I think it will work in his favor," said analyst Emmanuel Riviere at pollster TNS Sofres. He said it would be unwise to comment until the case against Strauss-Kahn, who denies all the charges against him, is clearer.

    POLL FILIP

    Strauss-Kahn was set to leave jail on bail on Friday and be placed under round-the-clock house arrest, following a court decision cheered by Socialists in France.

    A handful of polls since Strauss-Kahn's arrest last weekend indicate the left-wing opposition is still in the lead to win the 2012 election, with former party leader Francois Hollande overwhelmingly backed to be the new Socialist favorite.

    The surveys indicate a gain of 1 or 2 percentage points for Sarkozy in a first-round vote, enough to overtake Le Pen and make the second round a contest of left against right.

    After a week of talks and even tears over Strauss-Kahn, Socialists said it was time to stop dwelling on the affair.

    "We need to turn the page," said Segolene Royal, who wants to run in 2012 after losing to Sarkozy in 2007. "We can't let this daily soap opera ... distract us from politics."

    Socialist deputy Pierre Moscovici said the party needed to take time to reflect after a week that had badly shaken it up.

    Sarkozy has seen droves of former supporters shun him in recent polls, the result of disappointment over unemployment, falling purchasing power and tension over immigration.

    A survey by pollster IFOP on Friday showed Hollande in the lead for 2012 with 26 percent against 22.5 percent for Sarkozy and 21 percent for Le Pen. Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry would net 24 percent, with Sarkozy and Le Pen remaining steady.

    Le Pen, who has gained a strong following since taking over as National Front leader this year, has weighed in loudly on the Strauss-Kahn case. On Friday she accused the political elite of turning a blind eye to what she called his "almost pathological" womanizing. But that does not seem to have won her any new fans.

    "Strauss-Kahn is out of the presidential race so this is more of a judicial affair than a political one," warned Riviere.

    Strauss-Kahn will answer the charges against him at an arraignment hearing on June 6, just three weeks before Socialist candidates must start registering for their October primary.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...74J3TX20110520
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    Re: IMF Chief Arrested for "Brutal" Sexual Assault

    Thanks for all the articles, Amie. I knew to check out TAT first when I heard about this story.

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    Thanks for all the articles, Amie. I knew to check out TAT first when I heard about this story.
    Thank you.

    I always come here first for breaking news. Someone is always on the case.
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  6. #36

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    DSK still in jail because the apartment building where his wife rented an apartment refuses to allow him to live there. It's the kind of building where when you rent you have to tell them who will be living there. Since Mrs. Strauss Kahn didn't tell them her husband was coming they've voided her lease. She can stay along with her daughter but he can't step foot in the place.

    Via reports from NY1
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  7. #37

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    For those who know Manhattan the address is 210 E 65 st off of Third Avenue. The building is called Bristol Plaza.

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    A judge has agreed to sign an order releasing former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn on $1 million bail, though it remains unclear where he will be brought under heavily-guarded house arrest.
    It comes after Strauss-Kahn was denied a request to stay at his wife's Upper East Side apartment earlier in the day.

    The New York Times reports he will be moved to a corporate-housing building used by the security company that's been hired to guard him.
    (Per the BBC Security firm Stroz Friedberg (is) to oversee monitoring http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13467057)

    The 62-year-old was scheduled to be released from Rikers Island earlier in the day and transferred to the apartment, located at Bristol Plaza on East 65th Street. However, building management rejected the request saying Strauss-Kahn's wife failed to inform them of the arrangement.

    In addition to paying $1 million bail and $5 million bond, Strauss-Kahn is being ordered to surrender his passport. He will also be required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

    He is due back in court for arraignment June 6th.

    http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stori...bail-agreement
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    Re: IMF Chief Arrested for "Brutal" Sexual Assault

    I wonder if he and Roman Polanski are FB buddies... I hope Benson and Stabler are monitoring their correspondence.
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  10. #40

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    Strauss-Kahn Is Released From Jail

    By JAMES BARRON and JOHN ELIGON

    A week ago, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a man of international stature and influence. By Friday, he had become something of a pariah, turned away from the Upper East Side luxury building he sought to inhabit and stuck on Rikers Island for much of the day as lawyers tried to agree on an appropriate location for his house arrest.

    The Bristol Plaza, at 210 East 65th Street, put out the unwelcome mat after neighbors complained about Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s alleged crimes and the news media commotion on the sidewalk. It said it did not want Mr. Strauss-Kahn, said William W. Taylor III, one of his lawyers.

    And so what should have been a straightforward process — in essence, getting out of jail after posting $1 million bail and a $5 million bond and watching a judge sign a release order — became a complicated scramble to find another place that would take Mr. Strauss-Kahn as a tenant while his case is pending.

    “It doesn’t seem quite right for him to be put here with the rest of us, enjoy our hospitality, after what he’s been accused of doing,” said Sandra Pohutsky, of San Francisco, who was staying in the Bristol with a friend. “The discrepancy between Rikers and here is probably very great, and it doesn’t seem quite right.”

    Mr. Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was finally released late Friday afternoon. He was taken to 71 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, a building that has rental apartments but is a bit of a comedown from the deluxe accommodations he had expected, according to a person with knowledge of his whereabouts. It was unclear if his stay would be temporary.

    Residents of the building, an ornate structure near Trinity Church, learned of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s presence after dozens of reporters and photographers gathered there.

    “It’s friendly and it’s clean and we have great security,” said a woman who would give her name only as Theresa. Asked what she thought of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s living there, she replied: “I guess I don’t have a choice. They didn’t ask us.”

    Another resident, Gemma Harding, said she was not eager to encounter Mr. Strauss-Kahn. “I find it a little bit scary to come out and be mobbed by cameras,” Ms. Harding added.

    Starting early Friday morning, Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s legal team was locked in tense negotiations with prosecutors over the terms of his release. Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Mr. Strauss-Kahn who was in Israel attending to family matters, monitored the situation with his BlackBerry.

    Mr. Brafman, via e-mail, described it as a “long, tense day for all concerned.”

    It was not the way Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested last Saturday on charges that he tried to rape a hotel housekeeper in the Sofitel New York, had expected the day to unfold. His wife had rented two apartments at the Bristol Plaza, where single units can go for more than $14,000 per month.

    But the Bristol Plaza, which has a rooftop health club with a 50-foot swimming pool, said it would not be his home away from jail. That was a relief to residents dismayed to find a flock of reporters and photographers in the driveway outside the building on Friday morning, peering into every car that pulled in, hoping to see Mr. Strauss-Kahn.

    “I think it’s an inconvenience for all of us,” a resident, Michele Smith, said. “I don’t want that kind of publicity in my building.”

    Once it became clear that the arrangements for the apartment — arrangements that had figured in the decision by Justice Michael J. Obus of State Supreme Court to grant bail on Thursday — had fallen apart, Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers huddled with prosecutors in Justice Obus’s chambers.

    The judge said Stroz Friedberg, the security company hired to guard Mr. Strauss-Kahn, believed the temporary apartment would do while Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s team looked for a more permanent place.

    The 22-story building, constructed a century ago as one of the first skyscrapers in downtown Manhattan, is a white granite neo-Classical style structure that runs from Broadway to Trinity Place along Rector Street. It was converted to luxury rentals in 1997.

    Justice Obus signed the release order over prosecutors’ objections. Artie McConnell, an assistant district attorney, said the Lower Manhattan location was in “an extremely problematic area for the Police Department to maintain control over.”

    “To throw what has become a very large media presence into the mix in that part of town is really potentially crippling to downtown Manhattan,” Mr. McConnell added.

    Justice Obus ordered that Mr. Strauss-Kahn could not leave the temporary location except for a medical emergency.

    Meanwhile, on Friday, a law enforcement official said at least two other Sofitel employees had told investigators that Mr. Strauss-Kahn made advances toward them during his stay.

    Mr. Strauss-Kahn did not appear in court on Friday. And he eluded reporters and camera crews waiting on 19th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, the last cross street on the way to the Rikers Island Bridge.

    He had been ready to leave for hours, having already put on a suit, according to a correction official who works at Rikers Island and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. Jail officials had already gathered his personal property, including $1,200 in cash and a Cartier watch.

    Stroz Friedberg had vehicles waiting on the island, the official said, and the plan was to turn Mr. Strauss-Kahn over to the Stroz company on Rikers, which is an unusual arrangement.

    Justice Obus had set bail and the conditions for Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s release at a hearing on Thursday. Besides the $6 million in bail and bond, the judge said Mr. Strauss-Kahn had to stay in a place with an armed guard posted outside. The judge said Mr. Strauss-Kahn had to pay the bill for the guards, which prosecutors said could cost $200,000 a month.

    The judge also ordered him to wear a monitoring bracelet on his ankle that would sound an alarm if he set foot outside.

    That did not go over well at the Bristol Plaza, even if the plan was for Mr. Strauss-Kahn to be a neighbor for only a short time.

    Barry Schwartz, a resident, echoed the idea that the residents did not want the publicity Mr. Strauss-Kahn would bring. “He’s very high profile,” Mr. Schwartz said, “and it’s upsetting to tenants to have all of that.”


    Mr. Taylor, one of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers, said Mr. Strauss-Kahn could have insisted on staying in the Bristol Plaza, but his family decided to withdraw out of courtesy for tenants and the landlord, who he said had raised objections. (A spokesman for Howard Milstein, the chairman of Milstein Properties, which controls the building, said, “Howard is on the West Coast and not aware of this.”)

    The Bristol Plaza was not the only building that objected to the possibility that Mr. Strauss-Kahn might move in.

    Lawyers for Columbia University alerted the district attorney’s office that they did not want Mr. Strauss-Kahn to stay with his daughter, who lives in graduate housing on 112th Street, according to a lawyer briefed on Columbia’s position.

    Reporting was contributed by Charles V. Bagli, Colin Moynihan, Ashley Parker and William K. Rashbaum.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/21/ny...agewanted=2&bl
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    The other employees coming forward is important. There is a lot of talk that DSK had ordered company for the evening and that he thought the victim was who he had ordered.

    The talk goes on to ask why a man of DSK's rank was at the Sofitel and not the St Regis, The Peninsula, The Waldorf or the Carlyle implying that the Sofitel offers more to it's clients than a place to stay for a visit.
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    "We need to turn the page," said Segolene Royal, who wants to run in 2012 after losing to Sarkozy in 2007. "We can't let this daily soap opera ... distract us from politics."

    I'm sorry but the leading candidate to be the next president of France raped a woman, that's not a soap opera, it's a serious violent crime.
    Open wide.

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    I've been waiting to hear what Royal had to say. I'm very disappointed. Owen you're 100% correct.
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    Re: IMF Chief Arrested for "Brutal" Sexual Assault

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    The other employees coming forward is important. There is a lot of talk that DSK had ordered company for the evening and that he thought the victim was who he had ordered.

    The talk goes on to ask why a man of DSK's rank was at the Sofitel and not the St Regis, The Peninsula, The Waldorf or the Carlyle implying that the Sofitel offers more to it's clients than a place to stay for a visit.
    Sofitel is a French chain, owned by French company Accor, so that could explain it

    of course there's a Columbia connection. My alma mater just can't bypass a scandal.


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    TOURIST ATTRACTION

    Strauss-Kahn's temporary housing was arranged by a private security company that is guarding him at an estimated cost of $200,000 a month, which he is responsible for paying.

    Satellite trucks lined the block outside the apartment building and scores of reporters and photographers waited for a glimpse of the man who until a week ago was one of the most powerful financial figures in the world.

    Word of the new tenant at 71 Broadway quickly spread. Curious pedestrians questioned police officers stationed at the entrance and took pictures of the media.

    A guide on a tour bus heading down the street could be heard pointing out the building as the one where Strauss-Kahn was staying.

    Some neighbors seemed less than thrilled, complaining about the added security and throngs of media.

    "I don't like all of this," said Ian Horowitz, 29, a resident who works in finance. "I don't like all the attention and all the people outside."

    A deal to have Strauss-Kahn stay in an apartment on the city's Upper East Side fell through after the media besieged the building.

    He is allowed to leave his apartment only to travel within Manhattan for court appearances, meetings with his lawyers, medical appointments and a weekly religious observance.

    His legal team has informally sought public relations advice from a Washington consulting firm, TD International, run by former CIA officers and U.S. diplomats. A source said if the firm signs on, its role will be helping in crisis management.

    In France, Le Monde reported Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have employed Guidepost Solutions, a global investigations firm headed by Bart Schwartz, former criminal division chief in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. Other company officers include the former global head of security for IBM and a former federal prosecutor and U.S. Secret Service special agent.

    Also in France, feminist organizations published a petition saying they were "stunned by the daily flood of misogynist comments by public figures" since Strauss-Kahn was detained.

    They said his friends and allies have downplayed the plight of the alleged victim. Former French culture minister Jack Lang said Strauss-Kahn should have been released earlier, considering "nobody has died."

    "We are witnessing a sudden rise of sexist and reactionary reflexes, so quick to surface among part of the French elite," the groups said in a statement on the newspaper's website.

    CAMPAIGN FOR IMF TOP JOB

    With the sudden vacancy at the top, the IMF board has said the process to find a new chief would be completed by June 30. With the euro zone debt crisis still far from controlled, European and U.S. officials want to move quickly.

    The chair of the IMF's main advisory panel, the International Monetary and Financial Committee, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, said on Saturday it was imperative the process be open and transparent.

    "The challenges we face are pressing and an early conclusion to the selection process will be advantageous," said Shanmugaratnam, who is also Singapore's finance minister.

    Lagarde has been praised for her role in tackling the European debt crisis and the handling of demands of advanced and developing economies through France's presidency of the Group of 20 this year.

    She headed U.S. law firm Baker & McKenzie in Chicago before joining the French government in 2005.

    Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish economy minister, was seen as another frontrunner but ruled himself out on Friday, putting pressure on emerging nations to find a consensus candidate. (Additional reporting by Leslie Wroughton in Washington, Jessica Rinaldi in New York and Olesya Dmitracova in London; Writing by Ellen Wulfhorst and John O'Callaghan; Editing by Christopher Wilson and Paul Simao)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...17813520110522
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