Case Against Strauss-Kahn May Be Falling Apart
Posted on Jun 30, 2011
Prosecutors in the case of a housekeeper who is charging Dominique Strauss-Kahn with sexual assault are reportedly expected to dismiss felony charges after discovering the woman’s credibility is severely lacking.
Investigators said they discovered the woman lied repeatedly to officials in previous months about details surrounding the case and her personal life.
The crumbling case calls into question whether the notion of “innocent until proven guilty” was upheld for Strauss-Kahn, who as a result of the sexual assault allegations was pilloried by the press, forced to resign his post as managing director of the International Monetary Fund and required to pay more than $6 million in bail and bond. —BF
The New York Times:
Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.
Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials said.
Senior prosecutors met with lawyers for Mr. Strauss-Kahn on Thursday and provided details about their findings, and the parties are discussing whether to dismiss the felony charges. Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.
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Sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn may soon be reduced to a misdemeanor.