International sex scandal

May 16, 2011 1:51:46 PM PDT
Just disgusting.

Not sure there's any other reaction to the charges against the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, that he allegedly sexually assaulted a hotel maid in his $3,000-a-day suite in Midtown Manhattan.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn, who was reportedly ruminating a run for the Presidency of France in next year's election, came out of his hotel bathroom naked and then allegedly attacked the maid who thought the room was empty.

Oh how she probably wishes it had been.

The details are sordid, and there are plenty of places you can read about his alleged attempt to give new meaning to the concept of maid service.

It's a sexual scandal for the man (who has a reputation as a "shirt chaser"), his family, his political associates and the IMF, which is a constant target of conservatives.

Late this afternoon, a new twist, and it took my emotions into a new direction on this story. Turns out Mr. Strauss-Kahn's daughter is a college professor and had a connection to a college here in New York City. And my mind is now filled with what she must be thinking about all this.

We'll have the latest on the scandal, tonight at 11.

We're also taking a look at this doomsday scenario that's making the Internet rounds. Maybe you've heard about it. Some sort of apocalyptical event supposed to be happening on May 21. Everybody's supposed to get wet, if you believe the fundamentalists who are thumping their bibles and saying, "it says it right here," to prove their point.

Our Tim Fleischer tonight at 11 takes a look at who these judgment day judges are.

Interestingly, today, one of the smartest people on the planet said in a published interview that heaven is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark. Stephen Hawking, the famous British scientist, made the observation about not believing in heaven in the Guardian newspaper. I suspect he's not too worried about May 21.

I'm just sayin'.

And we'll have the latest on Donald Trump's decision not to run for the Republican nomination for President. It may have come down to a simple choice for Mr. Trump: His political career, or his TV reality show career.

He couldn't do both.

And tonight apparently - TV trumps politics.

Mr. Trump had flirted for months with running. Earlier polls showed him at least tied with the front runners - largely because of his name recognition.

But his negative poll numbers have risen - nearly twice those of Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. The drop happened after President Obama released his birth certificate and implicitly referred to Trump as a circus sideshow barker. It undermined Trump's campaign and credibility.

And perhaps not coincidently, Mr. Trump made his announcement today - when NBC presented its fall TV schedule. The network would not have been able to include Trump in his "Celebrity Apprentice" show had he decided to run for President.

Mr. Trump had initially wanted to make his political announcement on the last Apprentice show of the season - but with NBC rolling out its fall schedule today, the network couldn't wait another week.

Two things won't happen - now that Mr. Trump isn't running. He won't have disclose his finances - which he insists are far greater than most business publications have estimated. And he won't have to answer any more tough questions about how he gets his hair to do - whatever he makes it do.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast (if you don't like rain, you won't like this week), and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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