That wasn't the only scandal. There was a fuss last year when a young French author, Tristane Banon, described her encounter with him. She explained that she had interviewed him for a book about public figures and their missteps, and claimed she had to fight him off physically. She said she hadn't made a complaint at the time, because she didn't want to be "the girl who had a problem with a politician".
ARTICLE V: Representatives of Members
Representatives of members at meetings convened by a specialized agency shall, while exercising their functions and during their journeys to and from the place of meeting, enjoy the following privileges and immunities:
(a) Immunity from personal arrest or detention and from seizure of their personal baggage, and in respect of words spoken or written and all acts done by them in their official capacity, immunity from legal process of every kind
Although, I could be wrong.
"The IMF isn't a sovereign state; it has no basis upon which to claim diplomatic immunity of any sort. Er, it sounds like I'm asserting that. I mean that's how it should be. I realize the United Nations may disagree."
" I don't think it is appropriate to give representatives of something besides a sovereign state diplomatic immunity. Too many potential problems. If he were acting as a representative of France, sure. But the IMF? No way."
Bernard-Henri Levy weighs in, makes me want to punch something.
I hold it against all those who complacently accept the account of this other young woman, this one French, who pretends to have been the victim of the same kind of attempted rape, who has shut up for eight years but, sensing the golden opportunity, whips out her old dossier and comes to flog it on television.
I checked and, by comparison with Stein's piece, even the guys on /r/MensRights/ are having a cogent and balanced discussion of the issue.
The grand jury, which heard testimony Wednesday from his accuser, a 32-year-old chamber maid, gave the go ahead for Strauss-Kahn to be tried for allegedly forcing the women to submit to oral and anal sex. He is accused of attempted rape.
And nobody complains when we name the bank that was robbed but everybody wants to protect rape victims, what the heck is with that?
Being falsely accused of a serious crime stinks and can totally ruin your life. But it does seem to me that this issue comes up every time we discuss rape and very rarely when we discuss crimes other than rape. Did anyone object to Bernie Madoff being named before he was convicted? How about OJ Simpson with the sports memorabilia? Lindsey Lohan when she was accused of stealing that necklace? Scooter Libby? Martha Stewart? (Looks like that's a no on Martha Stewart.)
So yeah. Any thoughts about why that is?
It disturbs me a little that you think perp-walking pre-conviction defendants in front of cameras in shackles and handcuffs is necessary and arguing against it is discouraging rape victims.
Also, with Lindsay Lohan, I, personally found her defense plausible. Celebrities are lent/given designer stuff to wear to wear all the time as a form of advertising, so it's possible that she thought she had some deal to wear it and the owner forgot, or something.
It's not like the state makes a habit of parading some dude who stole $50 from the 7-11 in front of the cameras.
Like I said, it's fine if people have a problem with that. I don't much like it, and I don't see any good reason for the police to release mug shots to the media. But it is suspicious to me that people only seem to raise those concerns in rape cases.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was also on the move on Wednesday; he had found a new place to live in Manhattan, at 153 Franklin Street, and he moved there early Wednesday evening.
His new home is a free-standing three-floor town house in TriBeCa that was recently renovated by Leopoldo Rosati, and had been on the market for nearly $14 million. The town house features a rooftop deck, a fitness center, a custom theater, a steam spa bath, two Italian limestone baths, two Duravit jet tubs, a waterfall shower and a dual rainfall steam shower.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn left 71 Broadway about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, accompanied by two plainclothes police officers and led by the police chief, Joseph J. Esposito. Mr. Strauss-Kahn was smiling. He entered the back seat of a Lexus S.U.V., which was trailed by an unmarked car and led by a police car. A few moments later, he arrived at 153 Franklin. Cameras from the assembled news media went off, and in a matter of seconds he was inside his new home.
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