The DSK Maid May Have Ruined It For Housekeepers Everywhere
Update 7/5/11, 8:51pm: The housekeeper as now sued the NY Post for libel for printing stories that she was a prostitute.
In a stunning turn of events late last week, it was revealed that the housekeeper at the Sofitel New York who was allegedly assaulted by IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was not such an innocent victim after all.
The NY Post is claiming that investigators discovered that she had been turning tricks at the hotel with other guests, which lends more credence to DSK's defense that the sex was consensual. She even reportedly resumed her "special trade" at a Brooklyn hotel where the Manhattan District Attorney's office had housed her while the investigation into DSK was carried out.
But not only does the housekeeper seem to have a unsavory past entertaining men for money, she's also a documented liar from her application for asylum from her native Guinea where she claimed she was gang-raped by soldiers to the number of children she has and most crucially for the DSK case, she lied about what she did immediately after the attack. (Initially, she said she called a supervisor. But later, she confessed to cleaning another suite first.)
Now, with charges against DSK expected to be dropped this week--since the case is "not sustainable"--housekeepers everywhere have officially been cheated.
Back when the scandal first broke, the plight of housekeepers finally came to light in the mainstream media and the call for housekeeper panic buttons seemed like a sure thing in the wake of a pervy monster like DSK.
But now, even though there are real housekeepers out there facing real unwanted sexual advances from creepy guests, it looks like their chances of being heard will just be swept under the rug...again.
We just hope that any upgrades hotels have may have made in terms of protecting their housekeeping staff will stick around. After all, even if DSK's sex was consensual,Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar's was not.
[Photo: Daily Mail]