Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital in the 21st Century”, a shopworn screed about how capitalism just makes the rich, has a lot to say about income inequality.
Aurelie Filippetti, 40, France’s glamorous Culture and Media Minister, had a relationship with Mr Piketty, 42, which she alleges came to a violent end.
A Socialist Party source, who was close to the couple when they shared a flat on Paris’s Left Bank, said: ‘Frankly, she views him as a woman beater who used violence as a solution to their domestic problems. The details of what Thomas did to Aurélie are quite shocking – they drove her to contemplate suicide.
‘Many believed the complaints about Thomas were politically motivated, but Aurelie herself spoke about them often in private. She was desperate to bring Thomas to justice.
‘It was one of the darkest periods of her life.’
Although the pair have both attempted to keep their private lives a secret, records show that on February 6, 2009, Ms Filippetti attended a Paris police station to lodge a complaint about an attack.
Soon afterwards Mr Piketty was investigated for ‘violence between domestic partners’ – a crime that carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years.
An investigating officer confirmed: ‘The complaint was examined very thoroughly. The accuser was in a very distressed state on the day she attended the police station and did not leave until close to midnight.’
Police also confirmed that the accusations included Ms Filippetti ‘having been hit’ and that she had a medical examination.
But then the whole case was buried and Piketty went on to be an income inequality rock star. And now Piketty has become very popular among American lefties, including Obama Inc., because his screed reinforces their politics.
Mr. Piketty has met with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, given a talk to President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and lectured at the International Monetary Fund, before flying to New York for an appearance at the United Nations, a sold-out public discussion with the Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman, and meetings with media outlets ranging from The Harvard Business Review to New York Magazine to The Nation.
Mr. Krugman, a columnist for The New York Times, predicted in The New York Review of Books that Mr. Piketty’s book would “change both the way we think about society and the way we do economics.”
The Nation ran a nearly 10,000-word cover article placing his book within a rising tide of neo-Marxist thought.
Mr. Lew, he said, seemed to have read parts of the book carefully.
Maybe Piketty can then give Krugman and Lew some tips on abusing women.