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If the hotel housekeeper in this story had made a titillating claim about consensual sex, I would agree that it was the business of the people involved and no one else.
She claims, apparently with some credibility, that the event was coerced or forcible. Apparently there was not an act of intercourse but I don't know what she has said occurred or what the accused may have acknowledged. It's the element of coercion that makes this public business because, if it is true, that's a crime.
I'm with Geoff Brown, Sexual assault is not private.
My big complaint is with the disgusting, and uniquely American (so far as I know), idea of the perp walk. The idea that cops and prosecutors can heap this indignity on an unconvicted person is an obscene conflict of interest.
If he's convicted, issue all the salacious press releases you want and call the press and plenty of them.
As far as adultery, etc. goes; when I got married, I stood in front of the altar of God and made promises about loving and honoring my spouse. If someone who has taken such a promise is in the habit of breaking it, I think it's germane to forming a judgement as to whether they can be trusted to keep their promises to me, and how moral the decisions they are going to make will be.
I second Ron. If I am depending on someone, I want to be able to assess their character. Character is nothing more than the sum of choices we make in life. Whether someone is true to their marital vows is an indicator of judgment, trustworthiness and discipline. It is very much a public issue when it comes to those who would hold elected office.