New York Post Perpetuates DSK Accuser "Hooker" Story, While DSK Enjoys July 4 in the Hamptons

Just like the reported information that Dominique Strauss Kahn's accuser may know a couple of weed dealers has nothing to do with whether or not DSK sexually assaulted her, DSK's Hamptons weekend has nothing to do with whether or not he did it. But it's a telling detail in how much wealth, power, race and gender are coming into play with way this story is being treated by the media. He's being celebrated by the verklempt French, as their entire Socialist party decides whether to bend its rules so they can run him for President of the country (where he is a favored candidate). Meanwhile, as AlterNet's Lauren Kelley noted over the weekend, the New York Post is making sensationalist claims that DSK's accuser is "a hooker" based on anonymous "sources." Oh, and now they are saying that she was turning tricks on the taxpayer's dime:

The so-called victim[bold mine], whose web of lies has crippled the Manhattan DA's case against the former International Monetary Fund boss, played host to a parade of paying male visitors in the weeks after Strauss-Kahn's arrest, a prosecution source said.

"While she was under our supervision, there were multiple 'dates' and encounters at the hotel on the DA's dime," the source said of her paid hotel room. "That's a great deal for her. She doesn't have to cover her expenses."


Besides the fact that none of this makes sense -- if she was using her job at the Sofitel to turn tricks as the Post previously claimed, what expenses would she have to begin with? -- the Post's sources are "close to the defense." So if DSK's attorneys had an interest in smearing her in the media, all they would have to do is have someone answering reporters' phone calls and saying this stuff, regardless of whether it's based in truth. And smearing rape accusers with the "prostitute" label is, frankly, the oldest trick in the book. And the fact remains: if she is indeed a hooker, if she lied on her immigration application, if her fiance is in prison, if she laundered money for weed dealers, or any of the other things the media is accusing her of, that doesn't mean she was not raped.


The Times' Maureen Dowd compared the case to... Iraq, while friend of DSK/noted misogynist Bernard-Henri Levy called the accusations against him "pornographic." And he dropped some racist trou on us, too. The Guardian:

[Bernard-Henri Levy] told Le Parisien that Strauss-Kahn had been "lynched" by the "friends of minorities" in the US. He said that because the victim was "poor and immigrant" she had been presumed innocent, and because Strauss-Kahn was "powerful" he had been presumed guilty.

Call us when poor, black, immigrant women holding down jobs as maids in Manhattan have tons of friends as high-powered as the former head of the IMF-slash-the future president of France. 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 4, 2011, 3:55am

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