When you are a man accused of rape, it helps to have women friends who are willing to publicly defend you. So, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (that's him in the photo, displaying his trademark charm toward the First Lady of the United States) must have been grateful to learn that a woman has vouched for his good character. The woman is an Italian porn star, but hey, DSK is in no position to be picky.
Miss Kiss, whose real name is Michelle Conti, claims to have met the former head of the International Monetary Fund on several occasions in a private club in Paris four or five years ago.
She said she decided to speak out in his defence because he was being treated "worse than an assassin" over allegations that he tried to rape a chamber maid in a New York City hotel.
Miss Kiss, the star of numerous pornographic films, said she nicknamed the French economist "Genghis Khan", without explaining why.
[TSB note: Perhaps she named him that because DSK, like Genghis Khan, raided and plundered the peoples he invaded?]
She claimed that he had sexual relations with her and a second woman and that he came to the unnamed nightclub three or four times.
She watched him approach several other women at the club but said he was rebuffed.
The fact that he took the refusals with good humour and politeness convinced her that he was "a gentleman", she told Corriere della Sera.
"He was very nice. He wasn't a randy old man or hungry for women as he has been depicted.
"He was very kind, educated, he didn't behave like a drooling dog as can often happen (with other men). He treated us with kindness, he cuddled me. I know men, and he was not the violent type."
Miss Kiss said she thought the former IMF chief had no need to rape a woman because he could afford to pay for escorts like her. "He's just a playboy, that's all".
Asked if he would like to comment on the actress's allegation, William Taylor, Mr Strauss-Kahn's attorney, said: "No thanks".
Oh, come on, Mr. Attorney, don't turn up your nose at this character witness. Your client needs all the help he can get at this point.