According to the NY Post the African woman whom Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly raped is (1) a native French speaker from Guinea a former French colony; and (2) a devout Muslim.
This makes it more likely that it began as a consensual encounter, because Strauss-Kahn was able to “game” her in her native language. But because she’s a devout Muslim, she changed her mind in the middle of the encounter because of religious guilt over what she was doing.
I think the scenario I describe above makes more sense than Strauss-Kahn suddenly raping a woman he never talked to before.
The Post reports that Strauss-Kahn will use consent as his defense, but that’s hardly newsworthy. That’s the standard defense in rape cases, and it works half the time. It worked for William Kennedy-Smith. And it worked the last time a rich person from overseas was accused of raping a chambermaid at a New York hotel.
In fact, I predict an acquittal. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, got Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs acquitted in what should have been an open-and-shut case for the prosecution, so he should have no problem winning an acquittal in a type of case that public defenders routinely win.