Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, is either the world’s worst liar or the world’s biggest egotist.
He’s the world’s worst liar if he thinks anyone will believe he didn’t know his ladyfriends at French sex parties (aka orgies) were not being paid for their, um, services. And he’s the world’s biggest egotist if he was genuinely unaware that these women were prostitutes (say, if the women had been hired by an employee) and thought they were all just fielding cumshots as they lay in awe of his awesome sexual prowess.
DSK is under investigation in France, where he was once considered a possible successor to President Nicolas Sarkozy, after being busted for sleeping with at least 10 prostitutes at sex parties in a hotel in Lille. It’s not his first sex scandal: this May, DSK was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid as she came to clean his room. He denied everything and claimed to be the victim of a setup; eventually, charges were dropped because his victim was considered untrustworthy by prosecutors. (A civil case is still pending in New York.) But troubles awaited him still: after he left New York, DSK headed back to France and was quickly linked to a French prostitution ring.
Earlier today, DSK’s lawyer attempted to defend his client’s “liberated but legal” sex life. His tactic? The unique excuse that DSK was completely unaware — zut alors! — that the women were working girls:
“There is no way he could have known these women were prostitutes. At these parties, people were not dressed, and I defy you to tell the difference between a naked prostitute and any other naked woman.”
Now, technically, this could be true. The law, of course, loves a technicality. However, it smells like a heaping pile of hooey, given how a French magazine says it has seen cell phone records of phone calls DSK allegedly made to the women. It is very unlikely indeed that a double-digit number of young women all just love sleeping with a 62-year-old married man with a douchey reputation.
At least DSK has admitted to attending the sex parties. I personally have no problem with that. I also have no problem with the fact that he and his wife, Anne Sinclair, appear to have an open relationship, or, at least, a don’t-ask-don’t-tell relationship. I don’t even have a problem with him hiring sex workers, although the rumor some of DSK’s sex party call girls are under age 18 is troubling.
I am ultimately just sick of this man constantly playing the victim. I can understand the deep impulse to feel persecuted for one’s sexuality — which, in his case, is apparently quite voracious. However, it crosses the line when he allegedly sexually assaults women — which he has been accused of numerous times — and allegedly hires possibly-underage prostitutes but then lies about it. There’s a difference between having a voracious but unfulfilled sexual appetite that compels you to step out of your marriage (which may just harm your wife alone) and harming a whole mess of people, for which you refuse to take responsibility.
That, mon frere, is not a ”liberated” sex life.
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