* Woman spoke of DSK's wealth a day after alleging attack
* As her stature falls, chance of comeback rises for him
By Daniel Trotta and Noeleen Walder
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scrutiny of the accuser in the
sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique
Strauss-Kahn intensified on Saturday after more revelations
about her conduct following the purported May 14 attack.
A judge released Strauss-Kahn from house arrest and lifted
strict bail conditions on Friday after prosecutors discovered a
pattern of lying in her background, although serious charges
including sexual assault and attempted rape remain in place
against the man once seen a top French presidential contender.
A new report says the 32-year-old woman, a hotel maid,
spoke of the possibility of financial gain from the incident.
In a phone conversation with her boyfriend, who was held in
an Arizona jail on suspicion of possessing 400 pounds
of marijuana, she said there was money to be made from
Strauss-Kahn, a law-enforcement source familiar with the
investigation told Reuters on Saturday.
The call was recorded, and the woman told her boyfriend she
was fine and not to worry about her, the source said.
The New York Times quoted a well-placed law enforcement
official as saying: "She says words to the effect of, 'Don't
worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I'm doing."'
On Friday, prosecutors said the accuser lied about being
gang-raped in Guinea as part of an application for U.S. asylum
and changed details of her story about what she did after the
incident in Straus-Kahn's luxury hotel suite.
As the woman's stature falls, that of Strauss-Kahn has
rebounded. Some in France are talking about a political
comeback, though perhaps not to challenge President Nicolas
Sarkozy in 2012.
Prosecutors have not dismissed the case, and sexual assault
charges against Strauss-Kahn stand.
But the revelations left prosecutors struggling to make a
case with a central witness whose credibility would be targeted
by Strauss-Kahn's defense lawyers should the case advance.
Investigators once trumpeted the woman as a devout Muslim
who immediately reported that Strauss-Kahn, a steward of the
world economy from the French elite, sprang naked from the
bathroom and forced her to perform oral sex.
Her own lawyer came to her defense on Friday, portraying
her as a frightened, illiterate woman who remained a victim,
her body badly bruised in the encounter.
"The victim here may have made some mistakes, but that
doesn't mean she's not a rape victim," said Kenneth Thompson.
After his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was paraded handcuffed
before cameras in a "perp walk" that drew outrage in France,
where the American tradition was viewed as barbaric.
With his fortunes reversed once again, observers wondered
what role he might play in French politics if the charges are
"Everything is still on the table," French member of
parliament Marisol Touraine told French newspaper Le Figaro.
"He will play a political role. How exactly is up to him."
(Additional reporting by Leila Abboud in Paris; Editing by
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