New Questions Raised About DSK Case

Investigative Article Examines Possible Links to Opponents

Set Up for Fall? French banker Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives in Paris after being cleared of sex abuse charges.
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Set Up for Fall? French banker Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives in Paris after being cleared of sex abuse charges.

By Forward Staff

Published November 27, 2011.
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A new investigative article has raised more questions about the prosecution of French banker Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sex abuse allegations, raising the possibility that he was set up.

The meticulously researched article by Edward Jay Epstein in the New York Review of Books analyzes room key card information and previously unknown video footage to examine the possibility that the former French presidential front-runner might have been targeted by political opponents.

Strauss-Kahn, universally known as DSK, was accused of assaulting a maid inside his suite at Manhattan’s swank Sofitel hotel in May. He was famously pulled off a plane to Paris and charged with abuse, but the case was later dropped.

Almost immediately after his arrest, DSK’s allies charged that political chicanery was behind his arrest.

Prosecutors dropped the case mostly becaues of questions about the credibility of his accuser, an immigrant from West Africa who may have lied to immigration authorities and talked to a boyfriend about making money off the case.

The new article reveals that a Sofitel security manager may have had previously unknown ties to French opponents of DSK, who would have been the first Jewish president of French if elected. The manager is shown on closed-circuit video celebrating after police were called to investigate the rape claim, Epstein claims.


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