Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund managing director arrested on Saturday night, was painted as a frequent philanderer in Tuesday morning reports about his past behavior with women. An affair he had in early 2008, which he has acknowledged and apologized for, with Piroska Nagy, a Hungarian-born economist, was put back into the spotlight when a source told The New York Times that she felt that he had abused his authority. "A person with direct knowledge of Ms. Nagy’s version of what happened and her view of the I.M.F. investigation said that the affair — which was conducted at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — was consensual, but that she had felt coerced because Mr. Strauss-Kahn was so forceful and so senior to her, making it hard for her to, in effect, say no." Though the affair spurred an internal investigation at the organization, it concluded that the relationship was consensual.
Meanwhile, Strauss-Kahn's defenders are speaking out loudly. Bernard-Henri Lévy, one of France's most famous philosophers, penned a full-throated defense of Strauss-Kahn (and translated to English in the Daily Beast) on Tuesday. He shamed the New York tabloids, shamed Tristane Banon (another woman who's since come forward with allegations of rape) and shamed Strauss-Kahn's detractors in France. "I am angry with all those in France who jumped at the occasion to settle old scores or further their own little affairs," he wrote. "And I hold it against the commentators, pundits, and other minor figures of a French political class overjoyed at this divine surprise."