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"Maybe they were going to Hooters after work and were excited about that"

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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]