Did Air France Protect Female Flight Attendants From DSK?

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A French newspaper claims that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was such a dick to flight attendants that Air France instituted a policy of only having men deal with him. While that certainly seems in character with DSK's behavior as described by multiple women, the story seems a little thin.

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For one thing, Air France is pretty unequivocal in its denial: "Air France formally denies having given any instruction about the composition of its crews." The man was widely expected to be the president of France, so it would seem like a bad corporate call to have an explicit policy on the books. It seems more likely is that DSK's creep behavior meant that none of the women wanted to wait on him of their own volition. He allegedly declared of one of the flight attendants, "What a nice ass," just before he was pulled off the plane and handcuffed.

More interesting is the report that two former Air France flight attendants have given information to lawyers for accuser Nafissatou Diallo that would potentially undermine DSK's credibility. The idea is to turn the accusation that Diallo lacks credibility on its head and focus the attention on the fact that DSK has a history of remarkably similar accusations.

Air France Ordered Male-Only Cabin For Strauss-Kahn Crews [NYP]

DISCUSSION

arischwartz
Ari Schwartz: Dark Lord of the Snark

God, what a scumbag. The fact that guys like him get into any positions of authority just shows you that the system is so divorced from merit and basic tenets of humanity that it's tragic.

I'm willing to bet that a jackwagon like DSK didn't respect anyone, let alone women. He's the kind of guy who would step on his partner's neck just to move up an inch, meanwhile screaming, "I'm just doing what I have to do to get ahead!"

I know guys like him. Most of them think of Ayn Rand as their personal Jesus, and wouldn't know humanity if it punched them in the face.