I’m not easily astonished, but this qualifies. From the Wall Street Journal:
A law enforcement official said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, was taken into police custody after being removed from an airplane at Kennedy Airport.
According to the official, Mr. Strauss-Kahn allegedly forced a cleaning woman onto his bed and sodomized her at about noon Saturday inside his room at the Sofitel Hotel near Times Square.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn allegedly allowed the woman to leave then departed for the airport, the official said.
The alleged victim informed co-workers who then alerted authorities, the official said…
The arrest of Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62 years old, comes at a pivotal time for the fund. John Lipsky, Mr. Strauss-Kahn”s deputy, said last week that he is resigning in August. Mr Lipsky, the Deputy Managing Director, helped Mr Strauss-Kahn usher the fund through the global financial crisis. He has agreed to stay on as a consultant through November.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn has shepherded the IMF through a period of expanding supervisory heft and power following the global economic crisis. In the past year, the fund has played a central role in the bailouts of ailing euro-zone nations Greece, Ireland and Portugal.
For some time, Mr Strauss-Kahn has been seen as harboring ambitions to the French presidency and was considered a leading contender in France’s Socialist Party. He was dispatched to the helm of the IMF in Washington, some French political insiders day, because he was seen as a rival to President Nicholas Sarkozy. Mr. Strauss-Kahn hasn’t declared his intentions regarding the presidential race, but if planning a run, he must register his candidacy in France before mid-July
Update: One of my e-mail correspondents commented: “As it is, the IMF economically assaults every country they’re involved with, so I guess having a rapist at the helm is appropriate.”
Update 2 (11:45 PM). Boy, does the Journal have interesting definitions. The Post, which broke the story, says it was oral sex. But I’m having trouble with the notion of how one could have non-consensual oral sex (absent a credible threat of violence in the event of non-compliance)….particularly since any man who managed to force himself on a woman in that manner is putting himself at risk of grievous bodily harm. [Later update: readers tell me that the legal definition of sodomy in most states does include oral sex]
And as of 10:00 PM, he had not been charged.
Update 3:00 AM. AFP reports he will be charged with rape.