‘He Hurt Me, I Told Him No’: The Latest Accusations Against DSK

Posted by John Rosenthal

Just two days before last Sunday’s presidential elections, news broke that French judicial authorities are contemplating bringing rape charges against former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in connection with the so-called Carlton Affair. Strauss-Kahn has hitherto “merely” been under investigation for aiding and abetting the organization of a prostitution ring in connection with the affair, which [...]

A Sordid Tale: On The Latest “DSK Affair”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Leaked footage from a hotel security camera has revived rumors that former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the victim of a “conspiracy” to derail his French presidential aspirations in New York last May, when, on his account, he accepted a Sofitel maid’s generous offer of some quick oral gratification just prior to check-out – and [...]

America, France & DSK: Mea Culpa Praecox

Posted by John Rosenthal

Unverified “revelations” from anonymous sources about Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s New York accuser have led to a torrent of self-recriminations from American commentators. Since, among other reasons, the New York Times reported that the accuser invoked Strauss-Kahn’s wealth during a recorded conversation in a Fulani dialect that she had with an African immigrant in a detention facility, [...]

Tristane Banon on DSK: ‘It Makes Me Sick to See Him a Free Man, Dining in an Expensive Restaurant’

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a long interview published today in the French weekly L’Express, the 32-year-old French writer Tristane Banon explains why she has chosen to file attempted rape charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn some eight years after the alleged incident. For details and background, see my new report on Pajamas Media here.

DSK’s French Accuser to File Attempted Rape Complaint

Posted by John Rosenthal

The lawyer for French writer Tristane Banon announced today that his client will file attempted rape charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Paris. David Koubbi insists that even if the American prosecution crumbles, Banon’s case is “extremely solid.” See my report on Pajamas Media here.

Cesare Battisti: A Terrorist’s Path to Freedom

Posted by John Rosenthal

On June 2, the convicted Italian terrorist Cesare Battisti walked out of a Brazilian prison a free man. The Battisti case is not only of interest for the remarkable indulgence displayed toward him by the left-wing establishments in both France and Brazil. It is also of interest for strictly practical reasons related to the recent [...]

French Accuser of DSK Refuses to Help American Prosecution

Posted by John Rosenthal

The young French novelist Tristane Banon claims she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn. But, according to her lawyer, she does not want to be “used” by the American judicial system… See my new report on Pajamas Media here.

L’Affaire DSK: Marine Le Pen Shows Some Love…for American Justice

Posted by John Rosenthal

One of the most typical reactions of French commentators to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York has been a kind of knee jerk disparagement of the American criminal justice system – or the “atrocious” American criminal justice system, as an “expert” put it on the French news channel BFM. But at least one [...]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Older Accusation of Sexual Assault Resurfaces in France

Posted by John Rosenthal

In the aftermath of the arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges in New York, an older accusation of sexual assault against Strauss-Kahn has resurfaced in France. Strauss-Kahn’s French accuser is Tristane Banon, a 31-year-old writer who claims to have been assaulted by Strauss-Kahn in an empty apartment in Paris in 2002. [...]