As Strauss-Kahn was Arrested, His Wife was Partying in Paris
10:29 am, August 1st | by Amy Tennery
Of all the things you’d expect Anne Sinclair to be doing after receiving a phone call from her under-arrest husband, attending a surprise party for French snider Patrick Bruel would be among the last. Of course, that was, apparently, exactly what she was doing the night her husband, former IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was detained by authorities, following his alleged sexual assault on a hotel maid. But she didn’t know it at the time.
New York Magazine relayed one of the more bizarre chronologies surrounding the DSK case in a profile piece on Sinclair this morning — and while the piece focused heavily on Sinclair’s personal affectations (and her fondness for $500 espadrilles, among other things), we were more interested in the bizarre events that surrounded Strauss-Kahn’s detention.
The way that New York relates it, Strauss-Kahn allegedly called his wife as she was getting dressed for the aforementioned party:
There was a tightness in his voice. He spoke of a “serious problem” in New York, but said he couldn’t talk about it right now, adding that he had lost his IMF-issued cell phone. He wanted to know if Sinclair could reach out to [publicist Stéphane] Fouks. Then he got off the phone. Sinclair was concerned but thought he was likely referring to a political problem.
Uh, what? So he called his wife (we would assume after being arrested), told her to get in touch with his publicist, but wouldn’t tell her why? What, exactly was Sinclair supposed to say to Fouks when she got her on the phone: “Uh, hi, my husband says he needs to talk to you for some reason but I don’t know why and he doesn’t have his cell phone, so good luck getting in touch with him! Thanks, bye.”
What’s even more bizarre is that Sinclair then went to the party, unfazed by the weirdness of her husband’s phone call.
As strange as this scenario seems on the surface, this, however, may be the latest piece of evidence attesting to the unorthodox nature of the Strauss-Kahn-Sinclair relationship. As New York pointed out, “in an ordinary marriage,” the initial question would have been did he do it? Or, you know, how quickly can we get a lawyer? But in their union, the first question was how fast can we get the publicist on the phone? And the details were shrouded from Sinclair’s view — for as long as possible.