Both the defense and prosecution would like to use the meal to make their cases.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was running late. A street fair had shut down a stretch of Avenue of the Americas between his Midtown hotel and the restaurant where he was due for lunch. Stuck in traffic, he called his daughter, Camille, from a taxi to tell her he was on his way; she should go ahead and order for him, he said. Once he arrived, they had fish and shared a chilled bottle of white wine. The lunch that Saturday afternoon, in a wood-paneled seafood restaurant eight blocks from his hotel, began less than an hour after what prosecutors have charged was his sexual attack on a 32-year-old Guinean housekeeper who came to clean his suite. The account of the meal — its timing, its description and the events that immediately preceded it — is based on interviews with people briefed on an investigation undertaken on behalf of Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers.
According to the Times, the lunch "could figure prominently in the case...serving as powerful circumstantial evidence," with security camera images of DSK "looking distracted or upset" supporting the prosecution or shots of him "laughing or appearing leisurely" supposedly bolstering the defense's case. Of course, laughing and appearing in no rush to finish his fish could also just suggest that the former head of the IMF views sexually assaulting maids as no big deal or anything out of his normal routine. And speaking of allegedly raping his maid, for those who want to feel like they were there in the room, the Gray Lady has whipped up an interactive feature that allows you to "recreate the encounter."