Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF, has left a scathing review of the Manhattan Sofitel on the popular travel website Trip Advisor. He was particularly critical of the in-room facilities, claiming that the tease-maid was not compatible with French diplomatic privacy laws.
It is not the first time a defendant of sickening allegations has used the website to downgrade their crime scenes. The Bates Motel closed down following repeated and frenzied complaints about its shower facilities, and the Beverly Wilshire is contesting comments about attractive prostitutes disturbing guests by roaring past in Lotus sports cars.
The most notorious case is still being disputed by lawyers. Critics of the Overlook Hotel didn't like the 'red rum' house cocktail and were very unhappy with 'the bloody lifts'. The hotel has managed to stay open for business, largely due to positive feedback about the extensive maze and snow mobile amenities, and the generous supply of hotel stationary.
It is not just businesses in America that have suffered. Following the closure of Crossroads and Fawlty Towers, managers of budget guest houses in the UK have formed an action group to defend their interests. Lenny Henry has already volunteered to front their cause, and has staunchly supported the rights of Spanish waiters to stumble around and drop things.
A spokesman for the website defended their business model, and claimed that it was for the benefit of hotels as well as visitors. "If Hunter S Thompson had known of our site, he might have been able to spend more time growing to love Las Vegas, and less time trashing his room". Although Trip Advisor do suggest that he had got one thing right: "we always suggest travelling with your attorney".