According to court papers released Thursday, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, now being held under house arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a Sofitel Hotel maid, told the cops that he had diplomatic immunity following his removal from an Air France flight to Paris at JFK. The document released chronicles the moments from the afternoon on May 14 that Strauss-Kahn called the Sofitel from JFK airport about his forgotten cell phone to his interception at JFK and through his initial questioning — it goes until 9:50 p.m. on May 15. It’s a rather fascinating look into the police process.
According to the documents, DSK declined, then accepted, an offer of water, expressed that his handcuffs were tight (and asked if being cuffed was “necessary”), and asked to use the bathroom. At one point he wanted coffee.
When told he was being questioned about “an incident in a hotel room,” Strauss-Kahn asked to make a call to “let them know I won’t be at my meeting tomorrow” (he’d been scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the 15th). Later he asked to call his lawyer, and asked cops if he needed a lawyer, also saying that he wasn’t “trying to use” his diplomatic immunity. He told cops that his lawyer had told him not to talk, though, he said, he had been ready to do so. Upon being held until morning, and then evening on the 15th, he asked for eggs — and then a sandwich.
You can read the full form here, via the New York Times.
Strauss-Kahn has pleaded not guilty to the allegations. His next court date has been set for July 18.