With House Arrest Lifted, Strauss-Kahn And Wife Attend Concerts In Massachusetts

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn is venturing farther from New York City after his house arrest on an attempted rape charge was lifted.

Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair, took in two concerts at the Tanglewood Music Festival in western Massachusetts, two officials with the festival said Saturday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about attendees.

The couple traveled to the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., about 130 miles northeast of New York, and attended a recital by violinist Nikolaj Znaider and pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar on Thursday. They returned Friday for an orchestra concert conducted by Kurt Masur and featuring cellist Lynn Harrell.

The couple came alone and sat in the Koussevitsky Music Shed, the center’s 5,000-seat amphitheater, the officials said. They did not appear to have any security guards with them, the officials said.

Tickets ranged from $18 to $52 for Thursday’s performance and $19 to $91 for Friday’s concert.

Prosecutors say Strauss-Kahn, a popular Socialist who had been a favorite to run for the French presidency, attempted to rape a hotel housekeeper during a visit to Manhattan on May 14.

He resigned his post as leader of the powerful International Monetary Fund a few days after his arrest.

A judge put Strauss-Kahn under house arrest at a rented townhouse in New York, but lifted it July 1 after prosecutors said they had concerns about the housekeeper’s credibility. Strauss Kahn was allowed to travel freely within the United States, but cannot leave the country.

The trip to Massachusetts was first reported by the New York Times, which ran a photo Saturday of Strauss-Kahn and Sinclair in the audience at the Music Shed.

Strauss-Kahn wore a blue shirt and a navy blue sweater draped over his shoulders; Sinclair had a jacket and a purse in her lap.

Tanglewood, located in New England’s Berkshire Mountains, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is about a three-hour drive from the townhouse in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.

Do the accuser’s credibility issues lead you to believe Strauss-Kahn is innocent of the sex assault allegations? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. Naked truth says:

    The prosecutors job is prosecute based on the evidence they have, not to determine whether the victim is lying or telling the truth. Let the jurors decide the case.

    The prosecutors are probably paid off to drop the case. I bet they wouldn’t drop the case if the victim was their sister or mother.

    1. Chris Rivera says:

      Idiot if it was a Sister or mother it would not change the fact that the VICTIM is a money hungry (the boyfriends money in her account) a lair and obvious gold digger. It would not change the cat that this would be a very hard case to prosecute. Something bad may have happened to you but not all women tell the truth about rape and women like this makes the real victims look bad right from the start.

  2. lydia says:

    The victim( with her DSK seamen covered uniform and vaginal bruses, and bruised arms and legs) deserves justice and her day in court.Still the rich and powerful get better justice that the poor and ordinary.
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  3. olugbenga opesanwo says:

    The credibility issue with the accuser enables me to take a step back and for once seek other interpretation of what happened exactly in the room that was only witnessed by DSK and his accuser on that day.

    It is credible that what happened in the room between DSK and the accuser was consensual.

  4. joe says:

    DSK now has 2 rape charges and several sexual harassment
    complaints in France and the USA!

    Vance(the DA), violated NYS’S rape shield law.

    The prosecutor nor the defense is allowed to ask about
    a victims prior sexual history nor her tax returns.

    Mr Vance has proceeded to destroy his client,
    to serve possibly other interest?

    Perhaps?

    1)foreign relations with France

    2)french and US cooperation in the war in libaya?

    3) Possibly Mr Vance aspirations to have
    His fathers old job(secretary of state) when Hilary leaves office?

    As a member of the VID democratic club we did not endorse Mr Vance.
    We felt he was too conservative and wanted to maintain the status quo.

    The way he has handled this case, he has proven us right!

    I agree that a special prosecutor should handle the case.

    Vance is more interested in dropping the case than justice.

    The victim( with her DSK seamen covered uniform and vaginal bruses,

    and bruised arms and legs) deserves justice and her day in court.

    Still the rich and powerful get better justice that the poor and ordinary.

    1. olugbenga opesanwo says:

      Let me do the recap for you because it seems your thought about the event is a little misplaced.

      1) Accuser phoned her boyfriend who is serving time in the jail asking if she should continue purchasing the sex offence with the ‘BIG FISH” i.e DSK.

      2) Accuser took her time – cleans one more room – before alerting someone abouther attacker.

      3) Accuser lied to immigration that she was raped to earn USA’s immigration benefit

      4) Taking the first point above into consideration, accuser most probably deals in drug like her boyfriend who serves time for drug.

      Finally, all of this information was dug up by the defence’s private investigator hired to find out about the accuser – a job that the state’s investigators might probably ignore to do because they all were busy proclaiming DSK guilty by there very incompetent acts.

      The defence team have right to privately investigate the accuser in building there case in effort to learn what really happened in that room and how did it happen.

      1. M.A.D says:

        1. THE ACCUSER SPOKE TO HER BOYFRIEND IN THEIR NATIVE TOUNGE WHICH CAN BE LOST IN TRANSLATION.

        2. SHE DID NOT CLEAN ANY OTHER ROOMS, SHE WAS FOUND IN SHOCK IN THE HALLWAY

        3. WHO CARES, EVERYONE DOES EVEN THOSE WHO BECOME CITIZENS.

        4. AGAIN WHO CARES.

        THIS WOMAN WAS VIOLATED, SHE IS A VICTIM, IT DOES NOT MATTER IF SHE COMMITTED OTHER CRIMES, SHE IS STILL A VICTIM AND THAT PIG SHOULD GO TO PRISON. HE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF SEX IN PRISON AND HE WILL FEEL WHAT HE HAS BEEN DOING TO WOMEN ALL THIS YEARS. HE IS A CRIMINAL BECAUSE HE HAS A DARK PAST.

  5. george w says:

    I hope this goes to trial and gets an aggressive prosecution. Even liars and cheats can be raped and deserve justice.

    1. Naked truth says:

      I agree. People are acting like people don’t cheat on their taxes or lie on a job application.

      So liars and cheaters don’t deserve justice?

  6. Gregory says:

    I’ll wait for the trial before expressing and opinion, if there ever is a trial.

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