Dominique Strauss-Kahn assembles crisis team to clear name
Monday 30 May 2011
Faced with a legal and media onslaught, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is pulling together a crack team of investigators, former spies and media advisers to fight charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel chambermaid.
The former IMF chief's advisers will have their work cut out for them, and they may have to use different approaches to handling his legal problems in the United States while trying to bolster his reputation in his native France and beyond.
This may be why the range of damage-control specialists being assembled is so diverse. People consulted or hired so far include ex-CIA spies, experienced New York criminal investigators and some of the best-connected public relations specialists in the French-speaking world.
Mr Strauss-Kahn, who is under house arrest in New York, has denied charges of a criminal sexual act, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching. The case could take several months to come to court.
In Washington, Mr Strauss-Kahn's team is in the process of signing up TD International, a "strategic advisory" firm which offers both public relations and investigative services and is staffed and run by former CIA operations officers and US diplomats.
In New York, according a person familiar with the arrangement, he has hired a private investigations firm experienced in criminal cases. The firm, Guidepost Solutions, describes itself as a "full-service investigations and security consulting firm.".
In Paris, Mr Strauss-Kahn's team has sought informal counsel from former personal advisers who are affiliated to Euro RSCG, one of France's top PR outfits. While the firm has denied it is involved, a source said some who had worked with him in the past are quietly advising him again now. reuters
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