It’s déjà vu all over again in New York City, as Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, formerly the chairman of the Bank of Alexandria in Egypt, was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a hotel maid.
The incident took place at the Pierre, a luxury hotel on the Upper East Side. Since their website proclaims they just had an “impressive $100 million renovation debuting new guestroom and bath interiors,” I would say they probably stack up favorably against the Sofitel, where former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s long history of bizarre and aggressive sexual behavior finally ran afoul of “Puritan” American justice.
According to the Associated Press, “The maid was called to Omar’s room Sunday night to drop off tissues, police said. But once inside the 74-year-old’s room, police said Omar would not let her leave and touched her inappropriately. The encounter was not reported until Monday, police said.”
The fact that this happened only two weeks after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest is simply mind-blowing. Omar is currently an executive with the El-Mex Salines Company, an Egyptian company that declares itself “one of the biggest solar salt producers in the Middle East.” I would imagine some meetings about his executive judgment will soon be in progress. Meanwhile, the luxury motels of New York should consider equipping their maids with tasers.