DSK’s contradictory defenses

Melinda Reist writes at Perth Now:

Some French journalists are reporting that the allegation is unlikely because the woman is “très peu séduisante.” Very unattractive. Strauss-Kahn, who has not used his Twitter account since Christmas 2010, posted a tweet yesterday citing this report: (basic translations) “the lawyers were surprised at the appearance of the arrival of a very unattractive young woman.”

But, as Reist suggests, if the woman was so unattractive, that blows DSK’s defense that he engaged in consensual sexual activity with her. Which apparently is the only defense he has. So his defenders, who, as Reist points out, are playing the “Oh la la,” angle and saying that Frenchmen will be Frenchmen, had better drop the idea that the woman was “very unattractive.” However, if he did attack such atrès peu séduisante woman, then he’s no longer a suave Frenchman but a rutting chimpanzee. Perhaps his defense will be that he’s a rutting chimpanzee who engaged in consensual sex.

Speaking of chimpanzees, Bernard-Henri Levy stoutly denies that DSK is one:

“And what I know even more is that the Strauss-Kahn I know, who has been my friend for 20 years and who will remain my friend, bears no resemblance to this monster, this caveman, this insatiable and malevolent beast now being described nearly everywhere. Charming, seductive, yes, certainly; a friend to women and, first of all, to his own woman, naturally, but this brutal and violent individual, this wild animal, this primate, obviously no, it’s absurd.”

Just in passing, but if you were in serious trouble, would you want the clownish BHL to be one of your main defenders?

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Timothy A. writes:

Maybe DSK’s “high-powered” attorneys are applying a “‘layered defense” strategy. DSK has an alibi, since he was lunching with his daughter (layer 1). However, if it turns out that there is video surveillance or other evidence suggesting an earlier assault time, then DSK would not have assaulted her since she is so unattractive (layer 2). If DNA evidence shows that DSK did in fact engage in sexual activity, then it was consensual (layer 3).

If all of these defenses fail, then layer 4 defense is activated—give the alleged victim a pile of cash to drop the charges.

Paul K. writes:

Don’t all these rich libertines stick up for each other, the way they did for Clinton, Polanski, and Woody Allen? No doubt they’re thinking, “There but for the grace of God a trick of fate go I.”

The Strauss-Kahn story brings to mind Kubrick’s disturbing film “Eyes Wide Shut,” in which the world’s wealthiest and most influential men meet regularly for ritualized orgies with beautiful actresses and models. Their organization kills anyone who threatens to expose them. Human life has no value; the only thing sacred to them is their freedom to indulge their sexual appetites.

May 20

Marc B. writes:

So DSK is unlikely to have seduced the maid because she is “tres peu seduisante”? or more pungently, a mieskayt? If I were the prosecutor, l would counter with the famous French couplet, “Dans la nuit, tous les chats sont gris.”

LA replies:

Mais c’etait dans la journée.

And you sound like the French who are ready to excuse any sexual misbehavior or abuse.

May 21

Marc B. replies:

Good point.

No, I don’t approve. Just a lighthearted attempt to show the ridiculousness of a defense based on French cynicism about women by means of a counterexample of French cynical wit, hoisting them with their own petard so to speak.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 18, 2011 09:24 PM | Send

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