International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York earlier this evening. The IMF leader was taken into custody by Port Authority police at JFK Airport while on board a Paris-bound Air France plane that was awaiting takeoff. He was later turned over to Manhattan police for questioning but has yet to be charged.
Strauss-Kahn is well-known in French political circles and is a candidate for president of France. It would seem that US politicians are not alone in sex scandals. A maid who works in the Sofitel hotel in Times Square has accused the IMF leader of sodomy.
IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn attends World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, Switzerland (January 30, 2010)
Special Victims Unit Investigating
The case against Strauss-Kahn is under investigation by the Special Victims Unit, from the Midtown South precinct. According to the alleged victim, Strauss-Kahn, 62, crept up behind her and forced her to perform oral sex, after he emerged from the bathroom naked. The woman was able to escape and flee the hotel room; Strauss-Kahn apparently made haste to the airport. The IMF leader left his cell phone and other personal effects behind in the hotel room.
Strauss-Kahn is the leader of France’s Socialist Party. He previously scheduled a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Sunday.
Economic and Moral Crisis?
With many countries facing severe fiscal crises, it is fascinating to see where some economic officials’ priorities seem to lie. Clearly, scandal is something that does occur frequently at many levels and positions–whether in government, entertainment, private business or on the latest reality show. What’s interesting to note is that while many in government seem to preach a Socialist agenda, which claims to offer the greatest good for the greatest number of people, there still seems to be a contradiction. Many of these same people are clearly driven by self-centered motives.
If the IMF leader ultimately faces charges in this sex attack, the result will be further erosion in what little confidence remains in world economic “leaders.”
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