Popular, charismatic, and experienced in government, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, we should be careful not to forget, was once the French Socialist Party’s frontrunner to take on incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in next spring’s presidential election. Edward Jay Epstein hints that beyond the (now obvious) fact the legal case against the politican and former head of the International Monetary Fund was flawed, the entire rape case may be tainted with the stuff of political conspiracy:
May 14, 2011, was a horrendous day for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then head of the International Monetary Fund and leading contender to unseat Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France in the April 2012 elections. Waking up in the presidential suite of the Sofitel New York hotel that morning, he was supposed to be soon enroute to Paris and then to Berlin where he had a meeting the following day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He could not have known that by late afternoon he would, instead, be imprisoned in New York on a charge of sexual assault. He would then be indicted by a grand jury on seven counts of attempted rape, sexual assault, and unlawful imprisonment, placed under house arrest for over a month, and, two weeks before all the charges were dismissed by the prosecutor on August 23, 2011, sued for sexual abuse by the alleged victim.