Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Profile of DSK's Accuser
The New York Times has published a profile of DSK's accuser, based on extensive reporting. Yesterday, DSK's attorneys said that they were not planning to attack her reputation, and to judge by the Times article, they wouldn't have much to go on if they did. Although the woman's name is now routinely used in French news reports, the Times, consistent with American practice in rape cases, does not mention it, nor will I. We now await official confirmation of the reported DNA and other physical evidence. If this evidence is as reported, and there is no basis on which to attack the woman's veracity, I'm not sure what defense DSK's attorneys can mount. "Consent" will seem quite implausible if the Times' portrait is accurate.