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Police look for DNA in hotel carpet in former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn case

This photo released on May 19, 2011 by the New York City Department of Corrections shows Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund. NYC Dept. of Corrections

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Dominique Strauss-Kahn
NYC Dept. of Corrections

(CBS/WCBS/AP) NEW YORK - Investigators cut out a piece of carpet in the search of former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss Kahn's penthouse suite for DNA evidence in his sexual assault case, law enforcement officials said.

New York detectives and prosecutors believe the carpet in the hotel room may contain Strauss-Kahn's semen, based on information the victim gave police.

The victim, a 32-year-old immigrant from the West African nation of Guinea, told police that the 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn came out of the bathroom naked, chased her down, forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear before she broke free and fled the room.

In addition to examining the Sofitel Hotel suite for potential DNA evidence, investigators were looking at the maid's keycard to determine whether she used it to enter the room, and how long she was there, officials said.

The DNA testing is being "fast-tracked" but the results could still be a few days away, according to police.

Bail for Strauss-Kahn, who has been jailed at Rikers Island since Monday, was set at $1 million cash or $5 million bond Thursday afternoon.

  • Camille Mann

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