Wife supports Strauss-Kahn as he admits sex, denies rape

When asked about her husband's sexual reputation, Sinclair seemed to care very little and actually saying “I'm rather proud of it”, stating: “A politician needs to be a seducer.” Not in America! Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 — The moral and cultural gaps between France and The United States are more evident now – during the investigation of rape allegations of the French former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn – than ever.

While it is common in the United States for spouses to support one another during an investigation of this kind, Anne Sinclair, wife of Strauss-Kahn, has taken this one step further. She launched an all-out campaign to have her husband released, and for the charges to be dropped.

Anne Sinclair, wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stands by her man (Image: Associated Press)

Anne Sinclair, wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stands by her man (Image: Associated Press)

Soon after the allegations were made, Sinclair made a statement and said that she did not believe “for one second” that the charges had any merit whatsoever.

The alleged rape victim is a 32-year-old maid who is an immigrant from Guinea in West Africa and the sole supporter of her only child. According to the Herald de Paris, in the course of the investigation, semen from the former IMF President was found on her clothing.

The alleged rape occurred in the Sofitel Hotel in New York City.

There are many who argue that Stauss-Kahn’s claim of consensual sex has no legs to stand on. There was no perceived reason for this woman to risk her career to have sexual relations with a married man in his 60s with no kind of incentive, monetary or otherwise.

There is also a question of the time line provided by Strauss-Kahn who said that the consensual sex all happened in less than 30 minutes. It seems rather unlikely for a maid to be seduced into having violent consensual sex, while working, all in the span of a half an hour.

The irresistible Strauss-Kahn? (Image: Associated Press)

The irresistible Strauss-Kahn? (Image: Associated Press)

The former IMF President is known to be rather promiscuous in his sexual life. Radio France International (RFI) reported that, “though apparently happily married, by all accounts Strauss-Kahn felt no obligation to be faithful, and there were numerous stories of his extra-marital adventures, though France’s privacy laws prohibited publication of the details.”

When asked about her husband’s sexual reputation, Sinclair seemed to care very little and actually saying “I’m rather proud of it”, stating: “A politician needs to be a seducer.”

It would be difficult to imagine a statement like this being made in the United States. Even when former President Bill Clinton was accused of infidelity, Hillary Clinton – although supporting her husband and standing by his side – in no way condoned his actions, much less approved of them.

Many French officials were upset at the treatment of Mr. Strauss-Kahn, claiming that his dignity and privacy were under assault. Paris-based journalist Anne-Elisabeth Moutet stated on CBS that there were many reactions in France to the allegations made against the former IMF chairman:

“Well, they’re all not saying the same thing, but they’re certainly reacting - first with shock, and second with an element of disbelief…There’s not much attention being paid to the victim here.”

In France, the laws on sex crimes are less strict, and there is much more of a burden on the accuser to prove any wrongdoing. Suspects in the American justice system are not as immune to public criticism as is accustomed to by the accused in the French justice system. In fact, some of the crimes that Mr. Strauss-Kahn is being charged with don’t even exist in France.

French women, wearing fake beards and holding signs that demand men abandon cave-man like attitudes and another that says -no means no- protest against sexism, rape and sexual crimes in Paris and the laxity of the laws. (Image: Associated Press)

French women, wearing fake beards and holding signs that demand men abandon cave-man like attitudes and another that says -no means no- protest against sexism, rape and sexual crimes in Paris and the laxity of the laws. (Image: Associated Press)

The Washington Times (Suspect’s treatment stuns French) reported that if this was even being pursued in the French courts, the maximum sentence would most likely be somewhere in the range of three to five years in prison.

A fiery debate has arisen between the French and U.S. media. While the American papers and writers are accusing the French of cowardice by protecting politicians with a ‘code of silence’ about their private lives, the French media continue to defend their policies. Editor of the Daily Liberation, Nicholas Demorand, vowed to continue his paper’s policy of privacy protection:

“It’s a democratic principle – hypocritical in some people’s eyes, but fundamental … Ditching this principle would lead to encouraging short-term buzz and trash over quality news.”

This French-American difference of opinion will likely not end anytime soon.

There is no telling how this will affect the political career of Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who until recently was presumed to be a presidential candidate getting ready to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy, the sitting president. It will undoubtedly put some political aspirations to rest, at least for the time being.

While the court of public opinion has been given little reason to believe the explanation given by the former IMF chairman, it is likely that this situation is far from resolving itself.

Conor Murphy is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in political science. As a former radio talk show host on WVCW, Conor hosted two popular shows, Murphy’s Law and Son of the Revolution.

-cl- 5/28/11


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Conor Murphy is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in political science. As a former radio talk show host on WVCW, Conor hosted two popular shows, Murphy’s Law and Son of the Revolution.

In addition to this, Conor was also a contributor to the Commonwealth Times and a founder of the Broad Street Journal.

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