Unless you live under a rock, you probably know the French head of the International Monetary Fund was recently arrested on sexual-assault charges while staying in a US$3000/night New York hotel.
It is easy to be offended by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair. The alleged assault alone is bad enough. And a lot of other seriously ugly stuff is now oozing out of France’s political woodwork. But nobody should attack the IMF for paying for DSK’s posh hotel suite.
According to the IMF press office, “staff have clear rules for where they may stay and how much they may pay on official travel.” The Sofitel, where DSK was staying, is not on the IMF list of New York hotels. “At present, the maximum hotel rate in New York for staff on official business is $386 a night, including tax and service charges. The Managing Director was staying in New York on private business. As such, he pays out of his own pocket for hotels.”
Furthermore, the IMF says, DSK’s actual room rate “was way below the amounts mentioned” in the media since his arrest.