Dominique Strauss-Kahn

When he was approached by Port Authority officers on the Air France flight, the first thing he said was, “Do you have my cell phone?” The report shows he called the hotel several times, looking for a phone he thought he left behind.

  • 06 Jun 2011 at 11:37 AM

Sexual Assault Charge NBD For DSK

Apparently Strauss-Kahn, who pleaded not guilty this morning, “sat at the defense table between his attorneys, Benjamin Brafman and William Taylor, looking relaxed and with his legs stretched out.” [ABC]

“These things that happened in the past two weeks aren’t surprising for us. We’ve been dealing with this for a long time…”I’ve had two scary experiences. A year after I started, I walked into a room and a Japanese guy was inside preparing to check out. Before he left, he came up to me and said, ‘Kiss, kiss.’ “I said, ‘No kiss, kiss. I’m going to call my husband. He’s going to hit you.’ [NYDN via Daily Intel]

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, 74, chairman of El-Mex Salines Co [and] the former chairman of the Egyptian American Bank and the Federation of Egyptian Banks, was arrested yesterday after a 44 year-old female maid alleged he attacked her May 29, according to a police department spokesman. Officers were called to the hotel, located in midtown Manhattan, after she informed security of an alleged incident when she went to Omar’s room after he requested tissues. Police charged Omar with sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touch and harassment. He allegedly asked the maid for her telephone number and she gave a false one before leaving the room, police said. [Bloomberg]

Last week, accused rapist and former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was granted bail, on the condition in remain in New York and be monitored 24/7. He was originally slated to stay with his wife at the Bristol Plaza, which bill itself as “better than a hotel” and comes with daily maid service, but the tenants said not on their watch. He’s since found a home in Tribeca and while he’s not allowed to leave legal and medical appointments, plus weekly worship, the 6,800-square-foot townhouse, which is setting his wife back £30,000 a month, should provide plenty of room to stretch his shit out. Also included: Read more »

  • 24 May 2011 at 5:42 PM

IMF Wisely Avoiding Hotels For The Foreseeable Future

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  • 23 May 2011 at 6:43 PM

Write-Offs: 05.23.11

$$$ Spain and Italy Turn Against Greece Over Reform Efforts (NYT)

$$$ Dominique Strauss-Kahn told the New York hotel maid, “Don’t you know who I am! Don’t you know who I am?” while pinning her down during the alleged sexual assault, law enforcement sources close to the investigation told…“Please stop. I need my job, I can’t lose my job, don’t do this. I will lose my job. Please, please stop! Please stop!” she told Strauss-Kahn, according to law enforcement sources. Strauss-Kahn allegedly responded: “No, baby. Don’t worry, you’re not going to lose your job. Please, baby, don’t worry,” Strauss-Kahn responded, according to investigators. (Fox)

$$$ Belgium’s Debt Outlook Revised to Negative by Fitch on Political Stalemate (Bloomberg)

$$$ ‘Fear Gauge‘ Tops 20 for First Time in Two Months (WSJ) Read more »

  • 23 May 2011 at 4:13 PM

DSK DNA Found On Maid’s Uniform

In related news, Straus-Kahn has said in a statement Friday night “I deny in the strongest possible terms the allegations which I now face.” [NYP]