Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and a leading candidate for the French presidency, was arrested over the weekend on charges of attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment of a maid at the hotel where he was staying. Strauss-Kahn apparently has quite a reputation; the French call him “the great seducer“:
A 32-year-old hotel worker told police she went in to clean what she thought was an empty luxury suite. The woman claims Strauss-Kahn came out of the bathroom naked, locked her inside and sexually assaulted her.
Three hours later, police hauled him off an Air France jet at Kennedy Airport 10 minutes before takeoff.
Women are lining up for their shot against him. French writer Tristane Banon is also expected to lodge an official sexual assault complaint against him. She previously described the attack on television in 2007, when she called Strauss-Kahn, whose name was bleeped out, a “rutting chimpanzee.” Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to appear for his arraignment today. His wife is standing by him and protests his “innocence,” an apparently common practice among heterosexual wives.