Accused of sexual harassment? That's bad, but don't make it worse.


"It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others."

A politico and a priest in the news this week have much to teach men* who are accused of sexual harassment. Former head of the International Monetary Fund and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn may not be guilty of sexual assault, after all. Meanwhile, a popular TV priest has put his foot in it more than once after being accused of sexual and other improprieties.**

*I realize that women can also be accused of sexual harassment and that men can be victims, and these warnings will apply to them, as well.

**PLEASE NOTE: The accounts of the allegations in the cases I am about to discuss are based on the latest information available in the media, but investigations are ongoing in both cases. I am not expressing any opinion as to whether the men or their accusers are in fact guilty of any wrongdoing.

Two cheers for DSK. Let's start with the (relatively) positive. From a criminal standpoint, DSK is looking better by the minute, and his accuser is looking worse. DSK has been released from house arrest, and although the investigation is continuing, he seems to be in pretty good shape. This came after it was alleged that the accuser, a Guinean immigrant, had repeatedly lied to get asylum in the United States, including a false claim of gang rape, had possibly been involved in drug trafficking, and had been overheard in a recorded telephone conversation telling an incarcerated boyfriend that "this person is rich and there's money to be made."

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