Posted on | May 16, 2011 | 13 Comments
Tristane Banon was in her 20s and writing a book when she approached Strauss-Kahn for an interview in 2002. In a TV programme in 2007, in which Strauss-Kahn’s name had been bleeped out, Banon allegedly described him as a “rutting chimpanzee” and described how she was forced to fight him off. “It finished badly … very violently … I kicked him,” Banon said. “When we were fighting, I mentioned the word ‘rape’ to make him afraid, but it didn’t have any effect. I managed to get out.”
Banon consulted a lawyer, but did not press charges. “I didn’t want to be known to the end of my days as the girl who had a problem with the politician.”
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. “Today I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter from complaining. I bear a heavy responsibility,” she said. . . .
Recalling my high-school French, I believe the word is incroyable.
So the IMF boss Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape a journalist who wanted to interview him, and the journalist’s mother — who is, perhaps not coincidentally, a Socialist Party official — helped keep her own daughter’s attacker out of jail! (Ceci ajoute le nouveau lustre à la réputation française pour la collaboration, oui?) Strauss-Kahn may have gotten so used to that kind of treatment in France that he expected it everywhere, but a New York City hotel maid called the cops, and thus provided us with a scene we’d all like to see more often: Perp-walks for socialists!
UPDATE: ABC News has some lurid new details from the arraignment hearing. BTW, did you know that perp-walks are illegal in France? It’s true. It’s also true that the two things the French do best are surrender and sodomy.