The rape case against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn began “crumbling” when the Manhattan D.A. picked up on some red flags, previously obscured, in the accuser’s biography, the most damning of which was association with a man in jail on drug charges. A taped jailhouse call, translated from a Fulani dialect and reported in the New York Times via anonymous source, had the accuser telling the man, now identified as Amara Tarawally, something close to, “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,” in reference to DSK. But in an interview with the Daily Beast, Tarawally, who’s being held in an Arizona detention center and could be deported, backs up the woman — his “fiancé,” he claims. “I know that he [Strauss-Kahn] did what he did,” Tarawally said.
Like DSK’s accuser, Tarawally has a checkered past and is described as “the money guy” in a big marijuana transaction. He’s an immigrant from Guinea, and something of a womanizer, at least according to his Arizona girlfriend, who claims Tarawally tried to get money from her. “I am so shocked and I feel stupid,” she said when should found out that Tarawally called the NYC Sofitel maid his fiancé.
But the DSK accuser, Tarawally says, is “a good lady, very honest,” and he disputes the Times report of their phone call. “She had no reason to lie,” he maintains, and is not, as the New York Post claimed, a prostitute. (The woman has filed a libel suit against the paper.)
So here’s a rundown of what we know: Tarawally helped deal drugs, may yet be deported and is accused of using women. DSK’s accuser may have lied so she could live in the United States, dated bad men in the past and cheated on taxes.
None of which, of course, means she couldn’t have been raped.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 13, 2011