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DSK and the hotel maid: A case spinning out of control

The prosecution's case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears to have collapsed because of serious doubts about the credibility of the accuser.

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn (R, at table R) and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman (C) and William Taylor (L) as Prosecution lawyers Joan Illuzzi Orbon (L, at table L) and John McConnell (R) listen during a hearing in New York State Supreme Court July 1, 2011 in New York.
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The DSK saga continues to make headlines as the sexual assault case against the former International Monetary head unravels. On Friday a judge in New York released Dominique Strauss-Kahn on his own recognizance without bail, after the Manhattan District Attorney's office uncovered serious questions about the credibility of a hotel housekeeper who accused Strauss-Kahn of the sexual assault.

On Friday night, Strauss-Kahn and his wife dined out with friends at an Italian restaurant, which was chronicled by the New York Daily News.

Meanwhile, the credibility of the 32-year-old woman from Guinea who said that Strauss-Kahn assaulted her and forced her into an oral sex act while she was cleaning his $3,000-a-night suite at New York's Sofitel Hotel, is under further strain.

She acknowledged to prosecutors that she was not telling the truth about being gang raped in Guinea and about her finances. She was aslo recorded in a phone conversation making statements that make it appear that she wanted to profit from her encounter with Strauss-Kahn.

On Saturday, the New York Post reported, from "a source close to the defense investigation," that Strauss-Kahn's accuser was "doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests."

It's a case for both the prosecution and the defense that has spun out of control, with uncertainty about what part of the alleged victim's story to believe.

Following the revelations by the prosecution and Strauss-Kahn's release from bail, Kenneth Thompson, the Guinean woman's lawyer, acknowledged that his client had lied to prosecutors, but said her false statements didn't mean the rape charge was false, especially given the forensic evidence.

"The victim here made some mistakes, but that does not mean she is not a rape victim," he said.

Strauss-Kahn next appears in court on July 18.

  • Crimesider Staff

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