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96. The Daily Beast: "DSK Hotel Lashes Out"
DSK Hotel Lashes Out
The Daily Beast, Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:43am (PST)

By John Solomon, The Daily Beast

In the months after one of its housekeepers alleged Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her when she went to clean his room, the luxury Sofitel Hotel in New York City kept a low public profile.

Behind the scenes it cooperated with prosecutors, the alleged victim, and DSK's defense, complying with subpoenas to provide documents, security-card records, and even security-video footage. But publicly, it chose to say little, hoping to maintain a neutral position in a white-hot international scandal.

But all that changed Sunday when the Sofitel's parent company issued a statement excoriating a journal article that suggested the hotel, its employees, or maybe even a guest on the same floor where the May 14 incident occurred might be involved in a conspiracy to set up the powerful French politician. The article is inaccurate and speculative, the hotel declared.

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In a statement issued Sunday by its French-based parent Accor Group, the Sofitel sharply criticized the NYRB article as inaccurate and speculative and noted it had has cooperated with law enforcement authorities for the entirety of this case as was its civic and legal obligation.'

...The Sofitel specifically challenged the article's assertion that two of its employees were caught on video celebrating for three minutes. In fact, the incident in question lasted only 8 seconds and both employees categorically deny this exchange had anything to do with Mr. Strauss-Kahn, the hotel's statement said.

A source familiar with the hotel's evidence, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Beast that all security-video footage was reviewed again this weekend and that two employees were questioned in connection with the Review article. The two employees said they couldn't recall the exact reason for their fleeting celebratory behavior but that they believed it may have involved sports, which they frequently talked about, the source said.

The Sofitel also challenged the assertion that on the morning of the alleged attack a guest in Room 2820, located around the corner from Strauss-Kahn's suite, had anything to do with incident between Strauss-Kahn and the housekeeper.

More: http://powerwall.msnbc.msn.com/politics/dsk-hotel-lashe...
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