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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charges Dropped
Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn speaks outside the building where he has been living in New York after a hearing at Manhattan state Supreme court Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011.  A New York judge dismissed the sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn, but the order is on hold until an appeals court rules on his accuser's request for a special prosecutor. (AP Photo/David Karp)

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn speaks outside the building where he has been living in New York after a hearing at Manhattan state Supreme court Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. A New York judge dismissed the sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn, but the order is on hold until an appeals court rules on his accuser's request for a special prosecutor. (AP Photo/David Karp)

A judge in New York today dropped all criminal charges against form International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

The end of the case brings to a close an extraordinary three-month ordeal for Strauss-Kahn. In May, he was arrested and removed from an Air France jet on the ground at JFK airport, after Nafissatou Diallo, a 33-year-old maid at a Manhattan hotel, accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was cleaning his room. Diallo still has a civil lawsuit pending against Strauss-Kahn.

We did two shows on the high-profile case, examining both the string of powerful men accused of sexual misconduct and exploring the implications of the Strauss-Kahn case.

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  • Jp_fairbanks

    Yet another case of there being no justice for the poor when the accused is wealthy, powerful and famous — and the victim is a woman.

    • FRJackson

      Or another way to look at it, yet another case of a man’s life ruined by false accusations of rape by a lying woman. 

      • Chinapnk5

        I doubt it. As there WAS evidence of sexual contact, one can only conclude that a young attractive hotel maid goes into a room with an old – apparently naked – unattractive 65 year old man and jumps at the chance to have sex with him.

        Maybe not for you, but for ME, a MOST distasteful thought!! Yuck!!!

        • Ornrey_ladybug

          Calling her attractive is a real stretch.  And he is rich–that can make a man very attractive.  Besides, there IS evidence that she jumped at the chance of extorting money from him. 

          • Chinapnk5

            Maybe – but did she know that when she was met by him – with no clothes – in the room?

            Or she planned to go in, be accosted, and THEN extort money?

            She is 32 and maybe not a beauty queen but in my thinking, attractive enough.

            That she saw the incident as a way to get money after the fact is another matter. Not a wise decision and one that went against her.

            BUT I believe she was definitely assaulted! And that is what the charges were about.

          • Ornrey_ladybug

            She knew he had money from the start.  The hotel room she was cleaning goes for $3000 a night.

          • Chinapnk5

            So she arranged to go in there when he was naked?

            And be “available”  for his sexual offer – in case he did. And then run out and say it was an assault?
            And after 3 years working in the hotel servicing lots of high end rooms, this was her “first”?

            The whole thing seems quite ludicrous. And this man did not say he was “seduced”!

  • Jose1

    What some commenters are forgetting is that Dom seems to have had many unwarranted sexual encounters in the past.  When he arrives in France he is going to face charges for another one.  See the pattern?

  • JustSayin

    As of today in France Strauss-Kahn has admitted that he did assault the maid in New York.  

    Just as suspected: MONEY CAN BUY ANYTHING IN AMERICA.

    • Midnitesun

      Money can buy anything ANYWHERE!

      Today he is the self-deprecating apologist realizing the “error” he made and grateful to his “family” for standing by him. Well they are in on the money too.

      He is like those slugs that as they move leave a trail of slime in their wake.

      How can ANYONE even for a moment consider that this man’s words have any sincerity or truth?

      I hope in the future hotels will furnish workers with emergency alarm systems as cases of this kind – rich toward poor – will sadly occur again.

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