Toobin: Evidence against Strauss-Kahn 'looks awful,' but case has long way to go
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: "It's important to remember the Duke lacrosse case, because that sounded bad initially, too."
May 17th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Toobin: Evidence against Strauss-Kahn 'looks awful,' but case has long way to go

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, speaking Monday on CNN's "AC360°," said International Monetary Fund chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn has retained one of New York's most famous  lawyers, Ben Brafman, who has successfully defended high-profile clients including hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs and rapper Jay-Z.

Combs was acquitted of gun possession charges stemming from a 1999 shooting in a Manhattan nightclub.

"[Brafman] prepares like a boring sort of old-school lawyer, but he's got the flash and dash of a sort of a courtroom performer," Toobin said.

"Certainly, the evidence [against Strauss-Kahn] looks awful so far," the legal analyst said. "Why would a maid make this accusation against someone she apparently had never met before, didn't know who he was?"

But Toobin cautioned that the case has a long way to go.

"It's important to remember the Duke lacrosse case, because that sounded bad initially, too," Toobin said.

In that case, charges against three lacrosse players at Duke University were dropped in 2007 after the North Carolina attorney general found no credible evidence to support sexual assault allegations leveled by a stripper who performed at a team party.

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  1. banasy

    Why do we assume that the maid knew anybody? Other than high-profile celebrities, that is. And though this man may be known to the financial world, I'm betting that most people don't know who he *or* his wife is.

    Let's wait for more facts, shall we?

    May 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stewie

    I would think that after the Duke lacrosse fiasco that most prosecutors would be absolutely certain they had the proof before proceeding with such a high profile case.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stewie

    As for his wife standing behind him, so Kobes' fiancé stood behind him too. Of course that was after he bought her a very expensive ring.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Tripper

      The ring cost 4 million... Yes, I'd say that is 'very expensive'...

      May 18, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. albruno

    every stone, every bed sheet
    every corner and lover she ever had will be questioned

    May 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. albruno

    every stone, every bed sheet
    every corner and lover she ever had will be questioned
    her closets wll be opened and her tree shook - sad but true....something will fall out

    May 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. seinior from texas

    i have a hunch he will beat the rap

    May 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stewie

    No doubt, money talks BS walks.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stewie

    What I don't understand is, why didn't he just get a high class call girl like Spitzer did. With all the money at his disposal it would've been easy enough to do and if he had gotten caught he probably could've gotten it pleaded down to a misdemeanor.

    May 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • aphelion1736

      With all his money-it's quite possible he is tired of escorts by now! Besides it not always a turn on to know somehow will only do you just because you will pay them or b/c they know you are powerful. DSK wanted an anonymous romp, where the woman does him without caring about his money or who he is. I more strongly believe though that it's a POWER INTOXICATION thing. His mind cannot answer in the negative, the question: "why would a lowly maid NOT be grateful to boink ME (most powerful -leader of the IMF!)?" Proving and getting an affirmative answer to this question and to further stoke his ego (and a certain body part) is indeed an exciting challenge for a guy like this-paying $5000/hr for an escort is a deflated JOKE-BORING to him, as would have "been there and done" while travelling the world that over and over and over again !

      May 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy


    Conversely, everything he has ever done will be scrutinized, also. Every single s* xual picadillo he's ever had will be spotlighted. Every woman he has had will be questioned.

    I think I can safely say that his chance of winning the Presidency of France has been drastically lowered.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Harry Tripper

    Bringing up the Duke case is because the accuser is black and he is a white rich guy.

    The attorney is playing the race angle.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. JoeSoMD

    Don't bet that prosecutors have learned anything from the Duke hoax. A recent US supreme court decision affirmed the absolute immunity that prosectors have, and per William L. Anderson's blog ( they are acting with impunity in similar cases across the country. See also KC Johnsons work on the Duke hoax ( Lots of people, including me, wanted to see the Duke boys hung-out to dry based on the initial allegations. I've learned from my mistake and will reserve judgement on S-K. Only time will tell.

    May 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. geet1deg

    The mindless hysteria around all this is what bothers me. I've always been taught, in situations like this remember it takes 2 to tango. If the woman was intimidated into doing these acts, i find it hard to distinguish – if in fact she was looking for such an opportunity to land a jackpot. How about this idea- both are true – both the accusers and defendants accusations are true? Who do we go after then? to sell newspapers?

    May 21, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
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