NEW YORK - The sexual assault case against ex-International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is close to collapse, the New York Times reported late Thursday.According to the Times, sources described as well-placed law enforcement officials say the accuser in the case lied to investigators. Despite the presence of forensic evidence of a sexual encounter, they said prosecutors dismissed much of what she described about the alleged encounter, according to the Times. "If this is true, if there are serious problems now with the alleged victim's credibility, those problems aren't likely to get better the closer the case goes to trial so I wouldn't be surprised at all, again if this is true, if prosecutors were thinking of backing away," said Andrew Cohen, CBS Radio News legal analyst.
"The sourcing of this story is important-- the leaks evidently are coming from law enforcement sources and not defense attorneys-- and that makes the story more likely to be true, or at least partially true. We'll know soon," he added.
Strauss-Kahn is accused of trying to rape a hotel housekeeper. He been under armed guard in a Manhattan townhouse after posting a total of $6 million in cash bail and bond. He denies the allegations. In what would mark a major reversal, officials from New York City's District Attorney's office are going to inform the court at a Friday hearing that their investigation has turned up "problems with the case," according to the Times. "It is a mess, a mess on both sides," one official was quoted as saying.
Bail hearing on FridayMeanwhile, sources close to the defense tell CBS News they expect Strauss-Kahn's bail restrictions will be either substantially reduced or lifted on Friday, indicating he may even be released on his own recognizance. The sources did not confirm whether the apparent problems with alleged victim's credibility were the reason for their expectations. They also made it clear they do not expect the charges against Strauss-Kahn to be dropped Friday under any circumstances, as it is just a bail hearing. Unnamed sources also told the Associated Press that Strauss-Kahn would likely get his pricey bail and house arrest arrangement eased in the Friday hearing. Strauss-Kahn lawyer William W. Taylor would say only that the hearing was to review the bail plan. The Manhattan District Attorney's office declined to comment. Video:IMF chief Strauss-Kahn quits
Complete coverage of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Crimesider Strauss-Kahn was held without bail for nearly a week after his May arrest. His lawyers ultimately persuaded a judge to release him by agreeing to extensive - and expensive - conditions, including an ankle monitor, surveillance cameras and armed guards. He can leave for only for court, weekly religious services and visits to doctors and his lawyers, and prosecutors must be notified at least six hours before he goes anywhere.