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Air France had to hide its stewardesses from Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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Yes, I know "flight attendant" is the preferred nomenclature. But in this case, "stewardesses" is right, because according to a letter apparently sent by a disgruntled, anonymous Air France staffer, the airline had to provide an all-male crew for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, currently fighting accusations of raping a maid at a New York hotel. Apparently, Strauss-Kahn, who had a longstanding open seat on any Air France flight, had problems keeping his hands off female flight attendants.

According to the letter, sent to lawyers for the hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, "Air France has a few hundred complaints from clients, employees, crew members who met the man suspected of having abused your client Madame Diallo," Air France has officially denied making any special rules about their crews. But it doesn't seem too implausible; just after the alleged rape, Strauss-Kahn had boarded an Air France plane out of New York and allegedly told a stewardess she had a "nice ass" …at which point Port Authority detectives hauled him off the plane and arrested him. If the story's true, it's ugly.