In mid-November, Tariq Ramadan made a video declaring himself to be the victim of a “media lynching.” That video has just surfaced. It’s quite a performance. Again and again, in his softest, gentlest voice, the voice of someone who knows he is innocent, Ramadan looks deeply, truly, sincerely into the camera to repeatedly declare his innocence, and wonders why, he says, no one in the French media has investigated his (at that point) two accusers. And he accuses his enemies, who don’t like his message of inclusion, of having concocted the story in order to put paid to Tariq Ramadan.
“And when I resisted,” she wrote, “when I cried to him to stop, he insulted and humiliated me. He slapped me and attacked me. I saw in his crazy eyes that he was no longer master of himself. I was afraid he would kill me. I was completely lost. I started crying uncontrollably. He mocked me.”
Later Ayari added: “He choked me so hard that I thought I was going to die.” She also described him as threatening that her children might be harmed if she were tell anyone.
Then a second accuser appeared. Like Henda Ayari, “Christelle” is a Muslim. She understandably uses a pseudonym, given that Henda Ayari, who bravely used her real name when she first stepped forward, received thousands of death threats from Ramadan’s loyal followers — he has two million Facebook friends — and now Ayari requires round-the-clock security, possibly for years to come. “Christelle” accused Ramadan of “blows to the face and body, forced sodomy, rape with an object and various humiliations, including being dragged by the hair to the bathtub and urinated on.”
Now, on March 7, a third accuser has appeared. Like the first two, she is a Muslim. And she has accused Ramadan of behavior quite similar to what those two previous accusers described: rape, and his trademark “violent and sexually degrading acts.”
“Europe’s foremost Muslim intellectual,” “the great Muslim thinker,” “this prominent theologian,” “this eminent Oxford professor,” “one of the world’s leading Islamic thinkers,” this “profound scholar,” this “great reformer of Islam” — none of that idiotic praise will help him now.