We already know the narrative that will play out in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. Those who really, really want to catch their Big White Whale will wonder why Naffisatou Diallo would report a sexual assault to police if she was a criminal with a sketchy immigration status. To break down the key developments in the DSK case:
Prosecuters have discovered that DSK’s accuser has serious credibility issues. One law enforcement official called her a “con artist”. There is also a taped conversation she had with a man who is currently in jail. During the conversation, which took place a day after the alleged attack, the two discussed how Diallo could profit from the case. The man and Diallo seem involved in some sort of drug ring or money laundering ring. Diallo has received over $100,000 from several men over the past couple of years, and she has five different cell phones.
There is also the issue of her seemingly misrepresented immigration status. Diallo reportedly claimed to have been raped in Guinea which was seemingly part of the reason she gained asylum in the U.S. While the details remain unclear, the cloudiness surrounding this rape suggests that – if that rape in Guinea was fabricated in order for Diallo to gain asylum here – she is willing to use rape as a tool to get what she wants.
All of this leads me to revisit a few questions and points:
- The media has done a horrible job on this. NSS, right? Where has the investigative reporting been up until now? DSK was chief of the IMF, and he lost his job over this affair. He could have been president of France (and maybe this will actually help his chances after stoking anti-American flames). The implications of these crimes alone should have warranted scrutiny of the accuser. I cannot help but remember that the New York Times was slammed hard by liberals for their coverage of the Cleveland 18 gang rape case. They were seen as blaming the victim; one wonders if that incident and others like it have incubated rape-accusers too much. Reporters are afraid to do their jobs.
- Following from 1. above, this case may have international fallout that was not properly weighed at the outset of the case. Most were enthralled with the idea that DSK should be treated like a regular guy – with the perp walk et al – but we didn’t think ahead to what would happen is DSK was actually innocent.
- This reignites the question that many people pointed out in the wake of the DSK charges back in May: why would a hotel maid enter a guest’s room while it was still occupied?
- DSK was not worried about calling his hotel about his lost cell phone because he had not committed a crime there. I speculated that perhaps DSK just didn’t think that he committed a crime and was aloof about criminal charges; I now seem to have been incorrect in that line of reasoning.
- A lot of people pointed out that the charge that DSK forced oral sex on Diallo seemed circumspect: if DSK put his penis in Diallo’s mouth, wouldn’t she just chomp down?
- If Diallo was so willing to discuss money a day after this alleged sexual assault took place, and pretending that the attack actually did occur as she described it, what does this say about the severity of the sexual assault? We’re taught that sexual assault of any variety is a heinous crime that creates deeply scarred women, but how serious is it if you can talk about money the day after? Either way, this conversation doesn’t look good, obviously.
- After Duke lacrosse and now DSK, when will it be OK to put rape accusers under the microscope as soon as they make their charge? I’m talking about in the mainstream media. The mainstream media still has not named Diallo even after she has been shown to lack credibility. At this point, the likelihood of her guilt is at least equal to DSK’s, but DSK was exposed to the media immediately whereas Diallo hasn’t been.
- The feminist narrative over the past couple of decades has been that women must be protected by rape shield laws because they will be too scared to report sexual assaults if they run the risk of scrutiny. But the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of feminists. They have successfully instilled in our culture that rape is so bad that women are now turning this feature of our culture on its head.
We’re at a point now where discussions of rape allegations are treated like post-Bush/Gore electoral college maps. Everyone’s too afraid to call. I’m still there too in the sense that I’m not going to definitively say that Diallo made up the sexual assault claims, but at the least we can say that feminists won’t get the old, white multimillionaire they had always hoped to post on their mantle. We’ve learned, again, that the media usually does a horrible job of investigative reporting these issues – in part because they’re hamstrung by progressives from being seen as attacking the victim. Either way, stay tuned.