“We couldn’t tell the jury that she kept lying to us but that they should believe her.”
That’s an anonymous official speaking to The New York Times regarding the case against Dominique Strauss Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fun who was forced to step down three months ago after he was accused of sexual assault by a New York City hotel maid. The 33-year-old housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, claimed that on May 14, DSK forced her to perform oral sex on him when she arrived to clean his room at the Sofitel Hotel; he has insisted the two had a consensual sexual liaison and insinuated rather slanderously that she is a prostitute. The maid’s ripped stockings and DNA from DSK were seen as damning physical evidence against him.
But in the weeks following the alleged attack, during which DSK resigned from the IMF, it came to light that Diallo had lied on her asylum application from her home country of Guinea and repeated those lies to investigators. No one has accused Diallo of lying about the details of the alleged assault in the Sofitel, but even her legal team seems to agree a jury won’t see her as trustworthy and therefore the case can’t be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Tomorrow, prosecutors are expected to announce charges against DSK will be dropped. [UPDATE: Aroudn 4p.m. EST this afternoon, news outlets began reporting prosecutors would ask a judge that "some or all" of the charges would be dropped. — NPR] Keep reading »
Add this to your fall reading list (or book burning pile): Maggie Goes On A Diet, a children’s book for elementary schoolers, about an obese 14-year-old girl named Maggie who loses weight and becomes the school soccer star. As you can imagine, quite a few people are not happy with this. Bitch Magazine called it “douchy.” A Huffington Post blogger called it “disturbing.” The UK’s Guardian questioned whether this book was “the worst idea ever.”
Everyone, just stick a donut in your mouth and shut up for a second. Keep reading »
Poor Prince William and Kate Middleton. The pizza with their faces recreated in vegetables was bad, but that’s got nothing on these vacant-eyed dolls from the toy company Arklu. A set of William and Kate together in their wedding finery costs $159.95; the Kate doll alone is a cool $79.95. (For some reason, the Prince William doll cannot be purchased on its own.) I might actually pay someone to keep these dolls from coming alive at night and eating my brains while I sleep. [Arklu.com via USA Today] Keep reading »
If you know one thing about me from reading The Frisky, it’s that I am fanatically in love, if not outright obsessed, with pandas. So of course I have to share with you this video the San Diego Zoo filmed of Yun Zi’s second birthday party. Zookeepers brought Yun Zi an “ice cake” covered in frosting, bamboo leaves, yams, apples and carrots. Sounds disgusting to me, but he was so excited that he knocked it right over and started munching. Just like a human two-year-old! [Best Week Ever] Keep reading »