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The Plot Thickens

May 17, 2011

If this is to be believed, it appears Strauss-Kahn expected to be framed. Or maybe he merely expected some dirt to be dug up.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn feared that one of his political opponents would pay a woman more than $1million to say he raped her, it emerged today.

I don’t know what to think in this case. I do know that if you want to smear a man, rape claims are the best, especially those which are he-said she-said with no corroborating evidence. They work especially well against political opponents because politicians are exactly the sort of scumbags who rape women (and sometimes have them killed). This reminds me of that line from The Shield where Forest Whitaker’s character admits that he “framed a guilty man.”

Rapist, framed, or both?

Anyway, in addition to the maid in New York, a second woman has come forward claiming Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her “a decade ago”. Again, this is the perfect accusation. It was 10 years ago. No witnesses. No report because it was just an attempt. We know women don’t always come forward when raped or even when someone attempted to rape them — because of shame or particular circumstances, and they can’t be condemned for not doing so — after all, they are the victim. Mounting a defense against these claims is pretty much impossible. Oh, the man might not get convicted in the court, even if he’s guilty (and Strauss-Kahn might very well be), but in the court of public opinion, the official verdict matters little. It’s doubtful this guy will be able to win the election in France now, even if the charges are dismissed.

So is he a rapist/attempted rapist? Is he the victim of a smear campaign? Or is he a guilty man who’s being framed? Hard to say.

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