Video: Antsy Reporters Help a Locked-Out Strauss-Kahn

Sometimes just being on hand can make a simple key-fumble into news

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News doesn't come out of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case in a steady stream. Early last week it seemed the story had gone dormant with Strauss-Kahn leading a quiet, sequestered life in his TriBeCa townhouse and awaiting a July 18 court appearance. Then, the news broke late on Thursday that the prosecution's case against him might be faltering, and within 24 hours we had a host of accusations of dishonesty against the complaining witness, Strauss-Kahn free from bail and house arrest, an attorney viciously attacking Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, and a flock of reporters who had swung back into action in a big way, staking out Strauss-Kahn's house and following him and his wife, Anne Sinclaire, in their every excursion. Today, reporters are back in a hurry-up-and-wait pattern as lawyers held a meeting between prosecutors and Strauss-Kahn's lawyers, to determine how to proceed with the case. To the apparent disappointment of the press, lawyers answered no questions and made no announcements, aside from Ben Brafman calling the meeting "constructive."

But as this video posted earlier today by the Associated Press reveals, sometimes just the act of following somebody around can result in funny situations, and then voila, news! Here, Strauss-Kahn and Sinclair can't get their keys to work and the throng of reporters following them shouts advice and helps out until they get inside. The comments from the crowd are funny, so do keep the sound on.

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