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And so we have the season 13 premiere of Law and Order: SVU:

The head of the International Monetary Fund was removed from a Paris-bound flight in New York minutes before takeoff Saturday afternoon and was arrested in connection with a sexual assault on a housekeeper at a Manhattan hotel earlier that day, police told the Associated Press.

The AP reported that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, was questioned by the New York Police Department’s special victims office, according to Paul J. Browne, police spokesman. The IMF chief was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Sunday on charges of criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, police said.

Innocent until proven, of course, but doesn’t look good for Strauss-Kahn. I suspect that the NYPD would be reluctant to make such a high profile arrest without strong evidence. We should also pre-dispense with the inevitable debate about American sexual puritanism vs. French tolerance; this is alleged to have been an attempt at forcible rape.

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