If Dominique Strauss-Kahn Had a Bad Piece of Fish for Lunch, It Could Be All Over

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As preparation for the sure-to-be-blockbuster trial of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn continues, the Times reports that prosecutors are homing in on security video from the lunch he had with his daughter, Camille, less than an hour after he allegedly sexually assaulted a housekeeper at his hotel. Strauss-Kahn met her at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, a choice that the paper somewhat bitchily describes as "perhaps incongruous for a man renting a town house listed for $50,000 a month." They had fish and a bottle of white wine. From the Times:

Indeed, if one of several security cameras visible in the large restaurant captured the pair, the images of father and daughter in McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, less than an hour after the encounter with the housekeeper, could serve as powerful circumstantial evidence. It could bolster the defense case if they laugh or appear to share a leisurely meal; it could support the prosecution if it shows the 62-year-old white-haired Frenchman looking distracted or upset.

Wow, that's a lot of pressure on security footage from a lunch. What if he had a skunky Malpeque? An undercooked tilapia? And DSK was at the lunch to meet his daughter's boyfriend, according to the Times. Isn't that reason enough for a dad to look "distracted or upset"?

Strauss-Kahn’s Demeanor at Lunch May Play Key Role in His Trial [NYT]