…not to make light of the charges, but I’ll wager few American’s could have identified him any other way.
That isn’t true in Europe where strangely enough the potential socialist candidate for president of France arrest has loosened the tongue of at least one fellow socialist party official:
Banon’s mother, Anne Mansouret, told journalists on Sunday night she had dissuaded her daughter from legal action because she believed Strauss-Kahn’s behaviour had been out of character and because of close links with his family.
Out of character was it? Even after this from the same article?
in 2008, after a well-documented affair with Piroska Nagy a Hungarian economist and a junior colleague at the IMF, he was forced to publicly apologise for “an error of judgment”, but was cleared of abusing his position. He insisted the relationship was consensual, but when his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, described it as a “one-night stand”, an indignant Nagy wrote to investigators saying: “I was not prepared for the advances of the IMF director general. I didn’t know what to do … I felt damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” Nagy left her job at the IMF after the affair, and hinted at harassment of female staff, adding that her boss had “without question” used his position to seduce her.
So three years ago it was apparently not out of character but it is NOW. So what is the last line of Mansouret’s statement:
“Today I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter from complaining. I bear a heavy responsibility,” she said.
…but in 2008 when the Nagy stuff came out she wasn’t, so what’s the difference? Simple, now that he is being prosecuted in America his political usefulness to the socialists is likely at an end.