Ex-IMF Chief's Sex Charges to Be Dropped

Tuesday, 05 Jul 2011 06:45 AM

 

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NEW YORK — Prosecutors will drop all sex assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the coming weeks because of doubts about his accuser's credibility, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.

"We all know this case is not sustainable," the newspaper quoted a top investigator in the case as saying.

The source added that the eventual dismissal of the charges was "a certainty," and that it would likely happen at Strauss-Kahn's next scheduled court date in two weeks or possibly sooner.

"Her credibility is so bad now, we know we cannot sustain a case with her," the source said, referring to the Guinean hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her when she came to clean his luxury suite on May 14.

"She is not to be believed in anything that comes out of her mouth -- which is a shame, because now we may never know what happened in that hotel room," the source told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.

The newspaper cited defense sources as describing a different scenario, whereby Strauss-Kahn engaged in consensual sex with the maid but then angered her by refusing to pay for it, prompting her accusations.

The sexual assault charges drove Strauss-Kahn to resign as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and initially appeared to have dashed the political career of the man once seen as a likely future French president.

But on Friday Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest after prosecutors said the maid had lied to a grand jury, raising the possibility that the case could be thrown out because of its key witness's lack of credibility.

Strauss-Kahn has denied all the charges against him.

© AFP 2014

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