Alec Hamilton, Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Alec Hamilton is an Assistant Producer in the WNYC newsroom. She produces Morning Edition and starts her work day very, very early.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the Manhattan District Attorney's decision to bring charges against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss Kahn — even though the credibility of the woman who accused him of attempted rape has now been called into question.
Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, the mayor defended Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance for bring criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn — who was placed under house arrest — even though the DA's office now says the housekeeper at the center of the case repeatedly lied during the follow-up investigation.
"He probably made the right decision, because if the allegations were true — are true — he had a legitimate worry about somebody fleeing the country and we'd never get them back," Bloomberg said on Tuesday. "So he didn't have much choice but to rush to do something."
The mayor said the media is to blame for creating a "DSK phenomenon" and making it seem like the former head of the International Monetary Fund was guilty before he had been brought to trial.
"This is another one of those examples of the press making a big deal and sometimes we rush to judgment with the 24 hour news cycle and the instant analysis and all the talking heads," he said.
The case against Strauss-Kahn has been weakened in recent days after a number of allegations surfaced casting doubt on the credibility of his accuser.
The woman's attorney said there is physical evidence showing that Strauss-Kahn violently confronted the housekeeper in the hotel room.