So hard to tell….”a naked prostitute from a naked worldly woman”

Today’s WSJ story on Dominique Strauss-Kahn reported that he spent the night in police custody in Paris “over allegations related to a prostitution ring which operated out of the northern French city of Lille”.  Mr. Strauss-Kahn allegedly attended parties in the US where prostitutes were brought from France for the parties. “Paying prostitutes isn’t illegal in France, but encouraging prostitution by offering them to others and using corporate funds to pay for them is.”  (Did the IMF pay for prostitutes the article did not say?)  Mr. Strauss-Kahn reportedly said he wasn’t aware the women were prostitutes, which led to the comment, ” “He could well have not realized it, because you see, in these parties, one is not necessarily clothed and I challenge you to tell a naked prostitute from a naked worldly woman,”.  This might be a funny story if he were not a world LEADER at the time, using his position of authority for (alleged) egregious behavior.  How many people who reported to him looked upon this behavior as a pass to misbehave as well since he set the Tone at the Top?  How wide was the circle of people who saw this as acceptable behavior and acted accordingly?

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Experienced leader, both as CEO and as board Chair. Founder of the 25 year old The Hopgood Group, LLC. Co-author of the award winning "Board Leadership for the Company in Crisis". Consultant to companies large and small. Expertise in board evaluations and leadership challenges.
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