Perhaps the most damning of the details to come to light about the woman who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault was the conversation she supposedly had with a boyfriend in jail, telling him something to the effect of “‘Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,” according to translators. The boyfriend, who was locked up for his role in a marijuana ring, as the “money guy,” is, according to Newsweek/Daily Beast, 35-year-old Amara Tarawally, an illegal immigrant who describes himself as the housekeeper’s fiancé.
Tarawally’s account of that phone call isn’t entirely consistent, and so — like almost every new revelation in this case — serves to muddy the waters still further. He claims he has spoken to the maid several times since the DSK incident, and that the phone call in question took place after an NYPD detective questioned him. That timing runs counter to the official story, which places the phone call on the day following the alleged crime and before the police knew about Tarawally’s existence.
Tarawally also says he did not deposit any money into the woman’s account, and is emphatic as to her honesty and her strong Muslim faith. His own truth-telling seems at least somewhat in question — not least when it comes to affairs of the heart. The Daily Beast uncovered a mother of six in Arizona who says she, too, was engaged to Tarawally; he was married to a Puerto Rican woman in New York when they met but promised to be seeking divorce. It fell through, supposedly, but she still spoke up on his behalf when Tarawally was arrested. Of his own credibility problems — the drug dealing, the illegal immigration — Tarawally refused to talk. More voices seems to mean more questions in this case.