May 18, 2011, I wrote about the Dominique Strauss Kahn case:
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.
I was also skeptical about the DSK being able to overpower a 6 foot tall black woman:
The accuser is reportedly 6 foot tall. Does anybody else find it hard to believe that a small, old, fat Jewish man managed to chase down a tall, young African women (who doesn't have AIDS) twice, carry her off like a caveman and restrain her on the bed?
I also found that odd. A Nubian amazon like the alleged victim should have been able to rape an old Jewish guy, and not the other way around.
Now it turns out that the prosecutors have given up on the case:
The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.
Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.
Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said.
Once again, Half Sigma was right! Everyone else was wrong!
Indeed, the very first thing I wrote about this on the day of the news of DSK’s arrest:
Now that I think about it, there have been a lot of famous rape cases involving black women and alleged white rapists in which it turned out the black woman was lying.
Learning that the alleged victim is a black woman and not a pretty young Hispanic thing makes it more likely that this rape charge is bogus.
This is a huge failure on the part of our nation’s law enforcement. We arrested a guy who was possibly the future leader of France because of some lying woman’s story. The people of France have every right to be pissed at us.
If only our highest levels of government would consult me on stuff like this.
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In another shocker, none of the three reporters appearing in the byline, Jim Dwyer, William K. Rashbaum and John Eligon, appear to be elite. Apparently the guys covering the New York City crime beat are the traditional middle-class type of reporter. The kids from Ivy League schools aren’t interested in that sort of journalism, hanging out at police stations and talking to cops. Yuck!
Jim Dwyer lives in Washington Heights. That’s not where the elite live. He’s the son of Irish Immigrants so he doesn’t have a trust fund.
John Eligon is a young, multi-racial guy who lives in Harlem and covers a lot of Harlem stories. Could you picture Catherine Rampell hanging out by herself at a housing project in Harlem trying to get a story? Nope. You need a guy like John Eligon for that.