Case for IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Being Setup
by Robert Wenzel: Should
I Go to Law School?
it is very possible that IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a mad
dog and sexually attacked a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in New York
City without warning, there remains the possibility that the story
is more complex and that he was setup by those who understood his
weakness for women. There are facts that could perhaps resolve the
situation of whether a setup occurred or not. Herein lies the curiosities
of the case that suggest much more than a simple attack was going
on and the facts that could eliminate the possibility of a setup
or indeed make the case of a setup stronger.
First, it is
somewhat interesting that the alleged attack was reported to the
police at all. From experiences I have had, I suspect hotels try
to stop such incidents from becoming public.
ago I happened to be in the lobby of a Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in
New York city when I heard a commotion and then a gagging sound
from the stairs leading to the level below me (For those familiar
with the hotel this was by the internal entrance to the Bull and
Bear restaurant). I headed down the stairs and there was a Japanese
guest of the hotel on the floor being held at knife point by a mugger.
My heading down the stairs caused the mugger to flee. When security
finally arrived, their main concern was to get the shaken Japanese
guest from public view. They weren't interested in who I was, my
description of the attacker or anything else.
I later thought
about that and realized that hotels really don't want a lot of police
blotter activity about their hotels. If they can keep something
internal, all the better.
experience with a hotel, I was booked into a hotel in Los Angeles
by a client, a very high profile person. You would recognize the
name. I arrived at the hotel early at 10:00 AM and proceeded to
see if I could get an early check-in. A somewhat surly hotel front
desk agent told me that there would be no rooms available until
the 3:00 PM check-in time. I had given him my name and as he was
casually looking at the screen, he appeared to notice something
on the screen. He became apologetic and went and to get the general
manager of this very large hotel, who came over to me and apologized
profusely for not having my room ready and told me that the room
would be ready in ten minutes. He then stayed with me for the full
10 minutes. He offered to get me coffee, offered to give me the
passcode so I could use my laptop for the 10 minutes I was in the
lobby. When the call came down that my room was ready, the general
manager picked up my bags and carried them to my room. He didn't
even look for a bellman. He just picked up the bags. You have not
lived until the general manager of a major hotel carries your bags
to your room.
At some point
I asked the maid for something, I forget what, and I remember her
actually leaving the floor to get what I asked for. I asked her
why everyone was going so much out of their way for me and she showed
me her room chart where I was marked as a VIP.
So I'm guessing
that my two experiences are common at most major hotels, such as
the Sofitel where DSK was staying. To the degree they can, they
try to squelch negative reports to the police and employees may
not know a person is a VIP just by name, but there is likely some
kind of designation for all employees to know that someone is a
So you had
two factors here working to keep the sexual attack on the down-low.
Hotels don't like to appear in police blotters and employees know
not to mess with VIP's.
it doesn't come to me as a surprise that Reuters is reporting:
investigators are questioning why the Sofitel hotel in New York
waited an hour to call police after International Monetary Fund
chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn left the hotel...
I'm a little
bit surprised the call was made at all. Now maybe hotel security
simply had to locate the general manager to get approval to call
the police and the manager felt the attack on an employee was horrific
and a call should be made immediately to the police and it was done
so. But what suddenly prompted the call after an hour should be
investigated. This delay isn't the main point that proves a setup,
but it does show there was some kind of hesitancy to call the police
and this hesitancy was over-ruled by someone.
It also should
be noted that the accuser
is Muslim and wears a head scarf. France just banned
the wearing of face veils in their country. She is also originally
from the very poor country of Guinea, which at one time was a French
colony. This probably all means nothing but should be noted. I would
be curious to know if this maid was working her regular schedule,
whether this was the regular floor she worked on and anything normal
or abnormal about her work on that day. It is also interesting that
this woman, who lives in the Bronx, is described as shy, keeps to
herself and is an immigrant from Guinea, managed to hire a midtown
Manhattan attorney. The attorney refuses to say anything about how
he became her attorney other than stating that it was through a
"mutual acquaintance." It's possible they have a mutual
acquaintance, but it would be interesting to know who that is. Again,
nothing necessarily sinister going on here, but a few more facts
might help to clarify things.
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