In case you missed it, the cop and lawyers show, “Law and Order,” opened its 13th season last week with a transparent plot based on the Dominique Strauss Kahn rape case. They didn’t even try hard: Roberto DiStasio, “ the odds-on favorite to be Italy’s next prime minister” and ”the head of the Global Economic Trust” is accused of raping a Sudanese hotel maid. He gets arrested before his plane takes off. ”DiStasio’s wife Sophia claims she never doubted her husband’s innocence.” Turns out the maid, Miriam, lied about a rape back in Sudan on her asylum application and told friends she would make money off the case. Etcetera, etcetera.
There’s also a scene where Di Stasio/Strauss Kahn is paraded in front of journalists and Ice T deadpans: “Freedom of the press, baby!”
Spoiler Alert: the whole thing ends after the the jurors in the trial claim they can’t reach a conclusion and the judge rules the case a mistrial.
A show-runner working on “Law and Order” told The New York Post the writers had a hard time coming up with the plot. Yeh.
Meanwhile, back in Paris, the real-life Dominique Strauss Kahn has been giving interviews. In one of these, with aclose friend of his wife, Ann Sinclair, he said was only guilty of a “moral fault.” His accuser Nafissatou Diallo “lied about everything.” In fact, despite the fact that they had never met, they had consensual sex and as for why she would accuse him of rape: he said she is motivated by “the financial hypothesis.” And he copies Bill Clinton. Verbatim.