Protests Outside Strauss-Kahn's Arraignment
With his American-born wife at his side, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, received a very frosty reception at a Manhattan courthouse earlier this morning. At his arraignment, Strauss-Kahn was greeted with a barrage of boos and jeers, with protestors shouting at him: "Shame on you!"
The protestors outside the court were hotel workers, aiming to show solidarity and support for Strauss-Kahn's alleged victim. The woman is a 32-year-old housekeeper at the posh Manhattan hotel where Strauss-Kahn was staying.
The high-powered Frenchman entered a formal "not guilty" plea to the charges of attempted rape and sexual abuse.
At one point, Strauss-Kahn even managed a smile. After the proceedings, he and his wife left the courthouse arm-in-arm, but were once again subjected to yet another round of boos and chanting.
The alleged victim's attorney, Kenneth Thompson, said his client will testify against Strauss-Kahn. "She is going to get into this court house, come on this witness stand, and tell the world what Dominique Strauss-Kahn did to her," he said.
Strauss-Kahn should most definitely expect more scenes like this. For the once powerful businessman, the chaos has just begun.