Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn entered a plea of not guilty on Monday to charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid in a case that ended his chance of becoming the French president.
Wearing a dark suit, blue dress shirt and a dark blue tie, Mr. Strauss-Kahn walked in slowly to a downtown Manhattan courtroom from a side door. He looked away as the charges related to an alleged sexual assault of a maid at the Sofitel hotel in midtown Manhattan on May 14 were read out by a courtroom staff member.
Then, when asked for his plea, he stood up and uttered a French-accented, "not guilty."
His appearance in court, accompanied by his wife who sat in the first row, was the first since he was released from jail and placed on house arrest more than two weeks ago. The next hearing for Mr. Strauss-Kahn was set for July 18th. In court on Monday, Mr. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers asked prosecutors to turn over evidence in the case.
Outside, a group of hotel workers' union members, some of them dressed in black and white maid uniforms, had gathered in front of the courthouse and were penned in by police barricades. They were chanting, "Shame on you!"
The 62-year-old French politician, once seen as a likely candidate for his country's presidency, has indicated he would argue the encounter was consensual. His lawyers have suggested in a recent letter to prosecutors that they have information that could "gravely undermine the credibility of the complainant," a single mother originally from Guinea. They have also accused New York law enforcement officials of leaking information to the media.
Prosecutors have said that her account is credible based on her immediate outcry to hotel employees and police after the incident and physical evidence that corroborates her story.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who resigned his IMF post within days of his arrest, has been living in a luxury townhouse in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of TriBeCa. A judge ordered him held under armed guard on bail of $1 million cash and $5 million bond. The security arrangement is estimated to cost $200,000 a month, prosecutors have said.
The judge told Mr. Strauss-Khan on Monday that he has a right and an obligation to show up for future court proceedings, and that he would lose his right to be present at those hearings and his trial and could face sanctions if he doesn't appear.
|Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair, arrive for a hearing at Manhattan State Supreme Court on Monday.|
DSK's wife is a journalist actually...which means she will get more media attention out of this whole thing if she seems to stick by her man. This has nothing to do with LOVE! This has to do with status, fame, and fortune. Things that have little room in genuine relationships.
These people feed off of each other like leeches and when it comes to others who are 'less' than they are...they behave like slave owners. I believe that like him...she thinks he was entitled to rape the maid. There is a lot of prejudice in France when it comes to skin color and religion.
For all the 'Liberté, égalité, fraternité' the French tout...when you go and look on the streets of Paris you realize that segregation is alive and well. The education, health, politics, government, and so many other systems remain solely for the privileged and those people are the 'real French'. Beggars on the street are mostly blacks or immigrants...who are probably there illegally even if they are born on French soil. And the 'French' tolerate them.
DSK and wife are definitely of the ilk of the privileged
I spent New Year's in Paris and met with an engineering university student at a New Year's party who told me that most of the education system, jobs that pay anything (doctors, engineers, politicians, etc) are all 'referred'. In other words you have to know someone who is already in the 'right' place to be part of the IN CROWD
I also took a vacation in the Caribbean recently where I was treated with absolute prejudice. It was my last day on the beach and my skin was...shall we say...well toasted. These two women from Paris essentially told me not to sit near them. Of course, I told them we are now in American waters...if they didn't like it...they could move or fly back to the French Rivera. And I sat there for as long as I could just to pi$$ them off. My own little Rosa Parks moment
PLEASE NOTE...I also met some very wonderful people there from France who couldn't care less...who were also from France. They talked to me for hours and they were there to enjoy meeting new people. I also have friends from France who is nothing like these 'other' people
But there are always the privileged few who seem to think that they are more EQUAL than others...DSK and his wife are definitely part of that crowd
Some French and DSK's wife and DSK himself can not shed their skin of privilege or prejudice. If they do...they think they will have to share their privileged benefits with the rest of us...and that just cannot happen
But the saddest thing of all is that THESE PEOPLE CAN'T CHANGE. Their greed, their snobbery, their own narcism ensures that they always 'smile' when the cameras are clicking away at them...they just can't help it...this is what they have learnt to do most of their lives.
What they don't seem to realize is that they are no longer the heroes they thought they were....but in fact criminals!!
Self delusion is the only way to justify the crime!!