What Really Happened to DSK, Author Asks

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair, are pictured returning to their Manhattan residence after a day out. Notably, Anne Sinclair is the one with the key in her hand allowing their entry. The last time the couple was photographed returning to their apartment, DSK had the key, but was unable to use it to open the door for some time, to the delight of tabloids around the world. This time, the couple had no such problems, and Sinclair got them in quite quickly.
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An investigation by Edward Jay Epstein of New York Review of Books has uncovered some new, lurid details in the encounter between former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her at the Sofitel hotel in New York. For example, it’s possible that e-mails to and from DSK’s IMF-issued BlackBerry were being surveilled in Paris, perhaps in connection to an attempt to smear him. “He had already been warned by a friend in the French diplomatic corps that an effort would be made to embarrass him with a scandal, Epstein writes.

That same phone, which DSK believes he left in the hotel, bizarrely remains missing. “Its absence made it impossible for DSK to check — as he had planned to do — to see if it had been compromised,” according to the report.

Although criminal charges stemming from the encounter with a maid, Nafissatou Diallo, have been dropped because prosecutors found her to be untruthful, her civil case is still pending. Epstein’s investigative report contains diagrams of the scene and a nearly minute-by-minute blow-by-blow of the encounter that basically ended DSK’s bid to become president of France and tarnished his career, perhaps irreparably.

What Really Happened to DSK, Author Asks