Dominique Strauss-Kahn From IMF to Rikers Island, Perhaps an Input Upgrade

While he’s not due back in court until August 23rd, the trial surrounding former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn — who is charged with sexual assaulting a hotel maid — has become a circus, as would be expected.

The maid in the case, Nafissatou Diallo, who was working at the Sofitel New York Hotel at the time of the incident and is originally from Guinea, has recently gone public with her accusation.

Her attorney, Kenneth Thompson, is a rather celebrity prosecutor in his own right. He has successfully represented a number of clients including Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant that in 1997 was beaten and sodomized by police in a New York City precinct bathroom.

Strauss-Kahn, as it turns out, will be sued in a Bronx courtroom, a borough with a reputation for being hospitable to plaintiffs, and that is unlikely to show the elite French economist sympathy. This, of course, while DSK — as he’s also referred to — isn’t getting many breaks.

It turns out his reputation, already soiled at the IMF — where he had earned a different nickname from French media, “le grand séducteur” or “the great seducer” — has been brought under further scrutiny due to his potentially inappropriate behavior toward flight attendants on Air France.

He’s already been held once at New York’s Rikers Island prison… and while we don’t know exactly what may have gone down behind closed bars… you can view Saturday Night Live’s dramatized take below.

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