As we almost all know by now, the DA asked the judge to let go of all the charges against French banker DSK. The reason given was that the alleged victim was too unreliable to allow the case to proceed. Not much commentary on the fact that the DA’s office seems to think that there was a brief sexual encounter involving no violence. And the reports to the effect that the DA’s office had “physical evidence” has been nearly forgotten. To me, this spells casual prostitution. I suspect it’s routine in expensive hotels.
Early on, I had pretty much described what the DA seems to think happened: No rape or rape attempt because a bureaucrat in his sixties is not likely to have to capacity to subdue a robust woman in her thirties whose job requires physical endurance. Probably a mercenary quickie that turned bad at some point. Perhaps the chambermaid realized too late to cash in what a big fish she held. That’s speculation on my part, of course.
As I have also said, I have no doubt DSK is a sleaze-bag. Nevertheless, I regret that hasty prosecutorial actions forced him to abandon his very important and well deserved position with IMF. I regret even more that the next French presidential election will not be as hotly disputed as it would have been had DSK been in the race.
Ideological prejudices are not innocent; they have consequences in the real world. Had the alleged victim not been black and not been a poor immigrant, had the alleged perpetrator not been a white man, I wonder if he would have been yanked from a flight reserved days in advance.