Cultural Commentary - By caty on Monday, May 23, 2011 7:43 - 668 Comments - Post a Comment - Report Abuse
Nafissatou Diallo, the alleged rape victim of the former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss Kahn, seems to have a few things in common with the former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s housekeeper Mildred Baena. Both women are of lesser economic means, work as maids, aren’t white and have been thrust into the public spotlight due their being in the service of well connected, high profile men in their early 60′s.
Whether or not Diallo, nickname “Ophelia”, or Baena, nickname “Patty” are true victims of these international superstar men is yet to be determined. In Ophelia’s case, the judgment will come via the legal system. In Patty’s, it’s the court of public opinion and there’s the likely collateral damage that may be a Shriver-Schwarzenegger divorce hanging in the air before we collectively, decisively cast judgment.
Diallo was until last week an unknown, hardworking Manhattan Sofitel Hotel maid. Baena until last week was an unknown, recently retired housekeeper for possibly the world’s most famous governor. Diallo, a widow and single-mom, came forward to authorities, and thus the world, to report sexual assault. She is said to be under police protection. Baena, a divorced mother of two, appears to have kept secret for over 10 years the birth of Schwarzenegger’s love child and is said to be in hiding from the media.
Since both bombshells hit the media, other women who claim to be victims of DSK and Schwarzenegger’s unwanted sexual advances have come forward. They suddenly either feel empowered or emboldened by the media storm. It all depends on how you look at it. Are these other women opportunists that see their chance at the limelight and the pot of shame gold or are they realists that knew their allocations would be laughed at?
Dominique Strauss Kahn’s wife, Anne Sinclair a former journalist, is standing by her man. Sinclair claims that her husband is just a seductive guy, that’s why she loves him. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, a former journalist, is standing by Oprah, walking on the beach and looking for a condo. So she’s standing kind off, stage left from her man.
Now it’s up to the lawyers to razzle dazzle us. Nafissatou Diallo’s lawyer, Jeffery Shapiro and Dominique Strauss Kahn’s lawyer, Benjamin “Ben” Brafman, have already begun the race. Shapiro got the opening shot. He said, “there is nothing consensual about what took place in that hotel room.” Brafman, or “Uncle Benny” as his former client P Diddy called him, said of DSK, “He’ll plead not guilty and in the end he’ll be acquitted.”
Mmmm, mmmm good stuff!
Maria Shriver has celebrity attorney Laura Wasser retained. No word yet on which lawyer Arnold’s picked out from his crayon box of legal eagles –perhaps Mel Gibson’s?
From my vantage point both Nafissatou Diallo and Mildred Baena seem like victims –Diallo more than Baena. After all, rich, powerful men don’t get that way by playing nice. So let’s see how this slow speed car chase of damaged lives ends up. This is just the beginning of these two tales.
UPDATE July 1: Dominique Strauss Kahn, DSK, has been released from house arrest without bail due to recent findings that significantly reduce accuser Diallo’s credibility. Sources say Diallo has made rape allegations before and has received suspicious amounts of cash into her bank account leading some to question her motives.You know something that isn't here? Email us at tips [-at~] hollywoodstarshoney .d.o.t. com
Entertainment News > Cultural Commentary > Nafissatou Diallo Dominique Strauss Kahn Accuser
Most Popular On Hollywoodstarshoney
- Mary Tyler Moore Health Shocker
- ESPN Puns Linsanity
- Steve Jobs Winged Action Pad Hawked
- emily maynard house charlotte nc
- antonella-barba naked
- Megyn Kelly Brit Hume Affair Rumor
- bethenny frankel measurements
- Tii Ricks Rage Midsummers Eve Teaser Trailer
- kate winslet in stella mccartney dress
- Chinese Yiddish
- Zuzka Light Bodyrock Face Off
- Olivier Martinez Hale Berry love affair
- Megan Fox gives birth
- Eminem’s 40
- Flavor Flav loves knifes
- Lauren Conrad haters
- Here Comes Honey Boo Boo TLC Premiere
- Joe Finley Sues Millennium Biltmore Hotel
- Brigitte Nielsen Studio City Popov Vodka
- Soleil Moon Frye Birthday
- Levi Johnston Delcares Bristol Palin Bad Mommy
- Zuzana Light Turned Zuzka Z Warrior
- But how would they do this? The actual manager sees that reduced morale has a de...
- This may not be the best place to ask but, I have been searching for a place to ...
- had been making in the course of those us dot.org years inside Europe, We noneth...
- This short article was excellent as well as useful. I acquired more ideas upon p...
- I never saw such a sexy picture of Megyn Kelly. She must not be intelligent lik...
- Never really watch FOX News but after reading this article I figure I check her ...
- If Megyn is willing for a third marriage I'd be willing....
- How would you have the apple minute card to work with...
Movies - Aug 2, 2012 8:40 - 55 Comments
More In Movies
- Romantic Comedy Under Backdrop of Government Conspiracies and Identity Theft
- Ashton Kutcher Looks Like Steve Jobs Apparently
- Reboot Cyberpunk Thriller Debut
- Shekar Kapur Shoots Paani
- Tii Ricks Rage Midsummers Eve Teaser Trailer
Awards - May 27, 2012 9:34 - 5 Comments
More In Awards
- Octavia Spencer Domestic Worker Speech
- Morgan Freeman Cecil B DeMille Award
- Golden Globes Winners
- Artist Golden Globes Winner
- Golden Globe Nominations Bore Again
Studio - May 27, 2012 9:32 - 16 Comments
More In Studio
- Bob Iger Sweet Disney Pay Package
- Jennifer Bjorklund Too Old Not Enough Plastic Surgery
- Courtney Stodden Doug Hutchison MTV
- Paula Deen Rejects Oprah
- Captain America 2 Summer 2014
Celebrity News - Aug 6, 2012 10:10 - 64 Comments
More In Celebrity News
- Octomom House Saving Auction Dating
- Lolo Jones Birthday
- Crystal Bowersox Birthday
- Charlotte Casiraghi Birthday
- Hallie Eisenberg Birthday
Weddings - May 27, 2012 9:51 - 18 Comments
More In Weddings
- Paul McCartney Marries AGAIN
- Petra Ecclestone Odeschalchi Castle Bonanza
- Vanessa Minnillo Nick Lachey
- Chely Wright Laura Blitzer Married
- Kim Kardashian Kris Humphries Hitched