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In a packed courtroom on the 13th floor of 100 Centre Street, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, dressed in a black suit, stood before Judge Michael J. Orbus and calmly said “not guilty.” Although he didn’t say much else, the defense that the former director of the IMF and his lawyers who proclaimed his plea a “powerful statement” of his innocence will now most likely begin building is that his encounter with the Sofitel employee was consensual.
Nicolas Sarkozy and Dominique Stauss-Kahn were never friends one conservative, the other Socialist, their political ambitions setting them on a collision course. Yet, soon after Sarkozy’s 2007 election as President of France, he surprised most people by nominating Strauss-Kahn to be Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, a heartening reach across party lines
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has not been convicted of any crime.