Ben Stein, a conservative columnist for The American Spectator, with a voice that will send a sleeping person into a deep coma, is not happy with the victim. In an article titled “Presumed Innocent, Anyone?” he outlined eight positive points favoring Strauss-Kahn, a man he does not know.
Stein said he has never heard of an economist getting charged with a sexual assault. Basically, he is implying this couldn’t have happened because Strauss-Kahn is “a short fat old man.” Stein's words, not mine. To add insult to injury, Stein questions the victim's truthfulness, wondering if her word was “good enough” to send a "decent man" to a terrible place like Rikers. Strauss-Kahn, a married man with a daughter, has a reputation for womanizing. Stein overlooked this important detail.
Having watched this old guy on TV, listening to his points of view on a variety of subjects, Stein's column hit the top of my head like a flying brick. Asking if the victim's word is good enough to land a worldly mover and shaker in jail is pretty assumptive of Stein. Having to earn a living as a maid, the woman must have been a Democrat! Republican women are too intelligent to work in such lowly jobs. It's interesting to read about the experiences Strauss-Khan has had in hotels.
For a couple of summers I worked as a maid. I was propositioned by every kind of White male in the book. Some of them answered the door fully clothed; some were butt-naked and ready for a good time. I was one of "the lunatic maids" Stein wrote about in his article. I did not steal, or tolerate the advances of these hot-to-trot White hotel guests. If I had to get physical I was ready to go there. Getting terminated was the last thing on my mind.
A maid has to be aware of who is in the room with her at all times. This woman might have dropped her guard, feeling comfortable with Strauss-Khan in the room, being it was a high end hotel. Not all males renting hotel rooms are sex crazed occupants. In hotels and motels the doors must be open when a maid is cleaning. That's a rule of thumb. Maids are not allowed to clean with the door closed. Housekeeping wants to know where the maid is at all times just in case she has t be contacted from the office.
As the story stands, no one but the maid and the accused know what happened in that luxury hotel suite. It's a matter of he say, she say. No one should be filling in the blanks with their own facts like Stein and the media. Under house arrest, Strauss-Khan is out of jail on a one million dollar bond. The court ordered that he pay for his own security. This was required by the court as a precaution against him trying to leave the U. S.
Ben Stein is a grumpy old man who feels that people earning a living other than on Wall Street do not deserve their day in court. How dare this African woman accuse a man of European descent and wealth! Who do she think she is, accusing him of rape? Strauss-Khan is an important man of the world. This African immigrant is merely a hotel maid that nobody knows or cares about.
Ben Stein. Ben Stein. Do another commercial and get over yourself.