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Sexual assault charges may be dropped against Strauss-Kahn

As reported in previous posts, last May, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the chief of the International Monetary Fund at the time, was accused by a hotel maid of sexual assault. The maid said that Strauss-Kahn had attempted to rape her and had sexually assaulted her on May 14 when she entered his hotel room to clean it. Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF in light of the charges and scandal.

Now, it looks as though prosecutors will drop the charges against Strauss-Kahn because the maid has lost credibility as a witness, and she is the key witness in the case. According to an AFP article, the maid has lied on tax returns in the past and also lied on her application for asylum in the U.S. (she is originally from Guinea). The woman has also changed her story regarding what she did after the alleged attack by Strauss-Kahn in the hotel room. In addition, she called someone in federal prison in Arizona and talked about the case, and suspicious deposits have been made to her bank account, according to the AFP.

Strauss-Kahn has always denied the charges. He admitted to sex with the maid, but said that it was consensual. His defense was planning to say that the maid had consented to sex and became angry when Strauss-Kahn would not pay her after it was over.

After the maid lied to the grand jury, Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest. Some expect the charges to be dropped at his next court appearance, which will be July 18.


US charges against ex-IMF chief to be dropped: report (AFP)

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