What if your life depended on a lunch you had at McCormick & Schmick's? With the actual details of what happened in Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Sofitel hotel room forever relegated to he-said-she-said testimony, the disgraced former IMF head's sexual assault charge against a hotel maid may rest on the details of the lunch he had immediately after the alleged incident occurred. The Times reports that if one of the restaurant's cameras captured Strauss-Kahn's 90-minute lunch with his daughter, "It could bolster the defense case if they laugh or appear to share a leisurely meal," or support the prosecution if the tape shows the "Frenchman looking distracted or upset." Presumably of equal import is whether Strauss-Kahn ordered the Stoic Pervy Prawn Platter or the Skittish Shrimp Basket with a side of Edgy Finger-Tapping.
The accused checked out of the Sofitel at 12:28—in a way that prosecutors have describe as "a man in a hurry"—and hopped in a cab to his lunch appointment 8 blocks away, in a restaurant that his daughter reportedly chose. Strauss-Kahn's apparent reason for being in New York City was to meet his daughter Camille's boyfriend, who came "briefly" at the end of the father-daughter lunch. The pair also shared a bottle of white wine, before Strauss-Kahn hopped into another cab at 2:15 to board a place back to France. Additional recordings that may have shown him in the airport lounge waiting for what he believed were hotel employees (in actuality it was the police) to return his IMF cellphone, have been taped over and lost.