Earlier this week, an important point of correction was made about a “dance of celebration.” Specifically, the one recounted in an article entitled “What Really Happened to Strauss-Kahn,” which described “what looked like a dance of celebration by two employees of the Hotel Sofitel in New York City at approximately 1:35 PM on the day that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault.” According to the article, the victory dance in question lasted “three minutes,” which struck some people as excessively, unbelievably long. According to the security tapes, however, it was more like thirteen seconds. Which brings us to another point of contention. Though some believe the thirteen-second “dance of celebration,” which occurred shortly after a 911 call was place to the police re: the alleged rape of a hotel maid, is evidence that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set up, there apparently being no other reason two men could dance in such a joyful manner. Or is there?

…a source familiar with the video said yesterday that the dancing Sofitel men appear to be “celebrating over some sporting event. It looks as if they’re saying ‘Yankees’ ” — who were in the middle of a series against the Red Sox that weekend…Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Accor Group, which owns the Sofitel, said in a statement: “The notion that the video . . . establishes evidence of Accor’s involvement in a conspiracy is nonsense…A bellman at the hotel, after being shown the video by a reporter, was skeptical about the idea that it proved there was a conspiracy to cripple Strauss-Kahn. “There’s no sound. They could have been dancing about anything. This doesn’t prove a thing. Maybe they were going to Hooters after work and were excited about that,” he said.

Obviously as objective parties and people who solve puzzles by analyzing facts and ferreting out information, etc, you should all take a look and weigh in. Let’s roll the tapes.

Things (which strike us not much more than as a vigorous hug and a fist pump) get going around 3:15.

Hotel workers’ dance stirs suspicions of political plot against DSK [NYP]
Sofitel security men danced after maid told them Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her [NYDN]

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  1. Posted by guest | December 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Who wouldnt be excited about that?

  2. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | December 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    This is fucking moronic. Everyone knows that Israel became an independent state on May 14, 1948. When dancing ceases to exist each May 14, the terrorists have one.

    -MOT Quant

  3. Posted by Dickie V | December 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    That place is AWESOME, BABY!

  4. Posted by UBS MD | December 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    me

  5. Posted by Edmond Dantes | December 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    This is the best version of the video and the clearest – be patient after 20 sec AD and fast forward to last 90 seconds:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/sofitel-sec

  6. Posted by Bandersnatch | December 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    yes, yes, maybe if the cake is firm, and yes

  7. Posted by PermaGuestII | December 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I know I'm incredibly hungover, but I just watched the clip twice and I don't see anything that looks like people dancing.

  8. Posted by Eric | December 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Shouldn't the NYP article read: "Legal Analyst and bellman at the hotel…"

  9. Posted by Bandersnatch | December 9, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    You need to look at the Edmond Dantes clip above. But even then, if that's dancing, then I'm Fred Astaire.

  10. Posted by Don Cornelius | December 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Right here on the Soul Train stage we welcome Nafissatou Diallo with her version of 'Pearl Necklace'…give it up Y'all!

  11. Posted by BessLevin | December 9, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    I though it looked like enthusiastic hugging at best.

  12. Posted by Guest26 | December 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    B1 Visas were probably just approved.

  13. Posted by Confused.Commenter | December 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Furiously dancing in front of a random Go Pro camera.

  14. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Examining my motives…

    Yep, I'd still her to join the other two in the gang-bang

  15. Posted by Occupy My Anus | December 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    one what? A tiny dick? A beard? One eye? Hole in the head?

    - not examining my motives.

  16. Posted by PermaGuestII | December 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    That or an attempt at judo.

    Seriously, it looks like one of those old trick photography things where the ran they film backwards and forwards to make it look like someone's dancing.

  17. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Some people just like to break it the fuck down for no particular reason. I know I do.

  18. Posted by Occupy My Anus | December 9, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Sorry, but when I click on the picture of the Hooters girls they all seem to have very long horse like features. It's hard to tell.

    So in the absence of other evidence & if there's a vice and a paint shaker involved: maybe, maybe, maybe.

  19. Posted by 6th Floor Museum | December 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Looks like there was a "second dancer".

  20. Posted by Excelsior | December 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    I used to be extremely hungover until I took an arrow to my dancing knee.

  21. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    you're really crushing the comments today OMA

  22. Posted by Jason Biggs | December 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Nah, maybe if it was a pie.

  23. Posted by geoffgeoffgeoff | December 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Chosen.

  24. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    How'd you get 8 likes for "I know I'm incredibly hungover, but I just watched the clip twice and I don't see anything that looks like people dancing"?

    You seem like a great guy and all but 8 likes in an hour is a little steep for that comment.

    - UBS thumbs up/down quant

  25. Posted by Overheard | December 9, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    "Hey, man, Lynn Tilton just invited us to her room, both of us."

  26. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    You know when I was your age I used to lug 50 pound blocks of ice up four flights of stairs each day. So what? So let's dance!

  27. Posted by PermaGuestII | December 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    fuck you for getting that Journey song stuck in my head

  28. Posted by Cyril Figgus | December 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Yeah, cus these 2 OBVIOUSLY know who lynn tilton is….

  29. Posted by Deleveraging | December 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    I make those same moves when I have to pee and someone stops me on the way to the can with a dumb question.

  30. Posted by Steel Reserve 40oz. | December 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    That's not dancing – that how the French beat it…..

  31. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Don't see any dancing, but for skull fucking a woman with AIDS, DSK is quite calm.

  32. Posted by guest | December 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    I though it looked like enthusiastic hugging at best.

    - Dottie Sandusky

  33. Posted by guest | December 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    I don't see any conspiracy here; just two guys celebrating a forcible facial administered to a colleague.

  34. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    ( . )( . )
    titties

  35. Posted by Texashedge | December 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    No, no, and no. The Braves don't write me checks anymore.

    /Chipper Jones

  36. Posted by ... | December 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    I prefer (.Y.)

  37. Posted by PermaGuestII | December 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    No! They were daaaaannncccinngggg!

    -Freddy Benson

  38. Posted by PermaGuestII | December 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    (oYo)

  39. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    I lost a lot of my brothas in Vietnam. 'Cause every time the Capt yelled "Get Down!" we'd all start dancin.

  40. Posted by Guy on the knoll | December 9, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    did you mean book depository?

  41. Posted by Guest | December 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    You prefer an angry bird

  42. Posted by Al Czervik | December 9, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Hey everybody! We're all gonna get laid!

  43. Posted by Koolaidisfun | December 9, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Back and to the left

  44. Posted by PermaGuestII | December 9, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    You're asking the wrong guy…

  45. Posted by PermaGuestII | December 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    NTTAWWT

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    The 6th Floor Museum is in the Book Depository.

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    If directed by Fellini we’d know. Needs to be more art in security films.

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    This comment is not getting enough love.

  51. Posted by or so I hear | December 10, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    Based on the dance moves, I'd say not going to Hooters but a big night ahead at the Cockpit or the Manhole.

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