It's been, what, days since our last update about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF head accused of trying to rape a hotel maid in a Times Square hotel. And that update was about how his ex-mistress said he is "a man who loves sex, who has a huge sexual appetite." Now, a French publication claims that Air France, the carrier Strauss-Kahn was removed from by the Port Authority police, had ordered a male-only crew because of Strauss-Kahn's previous run-ins with the female crew.
An anonymous letter sent to the lawyers of the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, alleges, "Air France has a few hundred complaints from clients, employees, crew members who met the man suspected of having abused your client Madame Diallo... it was decided by Air France that 'only male employees should be deployed in the first class cabin when this client [Strauss-Kahn] was traveling."
One much repeated allegation is that Strauss-Kahn said of an Air France flight attendant, "Quel beau cul"—"What a nice ass"—before getting hauled off the flight. Air France told the AFP, "Air France formally denies having given any instruction about the composition of its crews," but Diallo's lawyers are continuing their push to reshape perception about their client and Strauss-Kahn.