Fakt – Poland:
“A chamber maid has brought charges of sexual assault against Strauss-Kahn. A run-of-the-mill chamber maid. For the U.S. justice system, however, it makes no difference who’s the victim or what status the accused may have. Everyone is arrested with the same rigour….
“Now let’s think back to the situation with Roman Polanski and the reactions of the Polish ‘authorities’ as well as several politicians. They were all used to thinking in very different categories: his VIP status should relieve him of his responsibility. That’s not how it is in the States. To that extent, we’re a banana republic.”
Headline in The Economist:
No he Kahn’t.
Bernard-Henri Lévi in The Daily Beast
“I do not know – but, on the other hand, it would be nice to know, and without delay – how a chambermaid could have walked in alone, contrary to the habitual practice of most of New York’s grand hotels of sending a ‘cleaning brigade’ of two people, into the room of one of the most closely watched figures on the planet.
“And I do not want to enter into considerations of dime-store psychology that claims to penetrate the mind of the subject, observing, for example, that the number of the room (2806) corresponds to the date of the opening of the Socialist Party primaries in France (06.28), in which he is the uncontested favorite, thereby concluding that this is all a Freudian slip, a subconsciously deliberate mistake, and blah blah blah….
“What I do know is that nothing in the world can justify a man being thus thrown to the dogs.
“What I know is that nothing, no suspicion whatever (for let’s remind ourselves that, as I write these lines, we are dealing only with suspicions!), permits the entire world to revel in the spectacle, this morning, of this handcuffed figure, his features blurred by 30 hours of detention and questioning, but still proud.
“What I know as well is that nothing, no earthly law, should also allow another woman, his wife, admirable in her love and courage, to be exposed to the slime of a public opinion drunk on salacious gossip and driven by who knows what obscure vengeance.
“And what I know even more is that the Strauss-Kahn I know, who has been my friend for 20 years and who will remain my friend, bears no resemblance to this monster, this caveman, this insatiable and malevolent beast now being described nearly everywhere. Charming, seductive, yes, certainly; a friend to women and, first of all, to his own woman, naturally, but this brutal and violent individual, this wild animal, this primate, obviously no, it’s absurd.
“This morning, I hold it against the American judge who, by delivering him to the crowd of photo hounds, pretended to take him for a subject of justice like any other.”