But Epstein’s article does appear to raise some odd questions about the case. It points out numerous holes and discrepancies in the accounts of those who portrayed Strauss-Kahn as an attacker, identifies a missing BlackBerry which may contain warnings to the Frenchman that he was being set up, and examines possible links between Sofitel staff and Strauss-Kahn’s political opponents.
The most unusual evidence described by Epstein is a security video of the hotel’s engineer, Brian Yearwood, and an unidentified man apparently celebrating the day’s events. Earlier, Yearwood had been communicating with John Sheehan, a security expert at Accor, which owns Sofitel, and whose boss, René-Georges Querry, once worked with a man now in intelligence for Sarkozy.
The unidentified man with Yearwood had been spotted previously on hotel security cameras accompanying Diallo to the hotel’s security office after the alleged attack. The video shows the men near the area where Diallo is recounting her story and, less than two minutes after police have been called, they seem to congratulate each other. “The two men high-five each other, clap their hands, and do what looks like an extraordinary dance of celebration that lasts for three minutes. They are then shown standing by the service door … apparently waiting for the police to arrive,” Epstein writes.
He added: “The whole thing is preposterous – it’s not based on any facts or evidence. It’s like saying Neil Armstrong did not set foot on the moon.
“Just think how many people would need to know about something like this – me and the rest of Miss Diallo’s legal team included. It is mind-boggling”.
Commenting on the surveillance video, Mr Wigdor said: “Who knows why they are celebrating?” he said. “There was no audio”.
Furious allies of Miss Diallo alleged that the author, Epstein, knew Mr Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers and pointed out that in the past he had questioned the official accounts of the September 11 attacks and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Epstein did not propose that either event was a conspiracy but wrote about several unanswered questions in the US government reports into what happened.