For three weeks, the sexual assault allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn had to take the backseat to now-former Congressman Anthony Weiner's social media oversharing. However, now the wait is over: Details of the ex-IMF head's arrest have been released, and apparently the French politician tried to invoke diplomatic immunity... which he didn't have. Oh, and he complained about being handcuffed from behind. Mon dieu!
Strauss-Kahn was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a hotel maid and forcing her to perform oral sex on him at the Sofitel in Times Square on May 14. When the Port Authority police took him off his Air France flight that day, Strauss-Kahn asked, "What is this about?" to which a Port Authority cop said, "The NYPD needs to speak with you about an incident in the city at a hotel." The Daily News reports, "Once off the plane, the 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn, considered at one time a front runner in the French presidential race, asked cops if he could call the French consulate and claimed to have diplomatic immunity - which he did not." Strauss-Kahn, who also asked, "What is this about?" twice more, had thought that the Port Authority cops were returning his lost cellphone.
The NY Times details part of Strauss-Kahn's conversation with detectives at the Special Victims Unit in East Harlem:
“I would like to call my lawyer, Bill Taylor; I need my cellphone,” he said to Detective Miguel Rivera, who told him he would have to wait until other detectives returned because he did not have access to Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s phone.
“Do I need a lawyer?” Mr. Strauss-Kahn asked Mr. Rivera.
“It is your right to have one in this country if you want,” Mr. Rivera responded. “I don’t know if you have some kind of diplomatic status.”
“No, no, no, I’m not trying to use that,” Mr. Strauss-Kahn said. “I just want to know if I need a lawyer.”
“That is up to you,” Mr. Rivera replied.
Hours later, after Strauss-Kahn spoke to Taylor, another detective asker Strauss-Kahn wanted to talk, the Frenchman said, "My attorney has told me not to talk. I was ready to talk."