Charges against Strauss-Kahn to be dropped, accuser's attorney says
Strauss-Kahn had been indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in his luxury New York City hotel suite in May.
August 22nd, 2011
03:37 PM ET

Charges against Strauss-Kahn to be dropped, accuser's attorney says

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will no longer face criminal charges related to allegations that he sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper, the housekeeper's attorney said Monday after meeting with prosecutors.

Prosecutors had raised questions about the accuser's credibility.

Kenneth Thompson made the announcement hours after filing a motion asking a judge to halt proceedings in the case and appoint a special prosecutor.

"Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case," Thompson said. "He has not only turned his back on this innocent victim, but he has also turned back on the forensic, medical and other evidence in this case."

There was no immediate reaction from the office of District Attorney Vance on Thompson's claim, and the office earlier declined to comment on the motion. A status hearing for the case is scheduled for Tuesday.

Strauss-Kahn was indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted the woman in his luxury New York City hotel suite in May. His attorneys insist any sexual encounter was consensual. Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On July 1, a judge freed Strauss-Kahn from house arrest after prosecutors told the court that his accuser admitted she had lied about the specifics of her whereabouts after the incident and, in the past, in the details of an asylum application and information on tax forms. Prosecutors said she admitted lying on the asylum application about having been a victim of a gang rape, even providing details of an attack – and later admitting it never happened.

The accuser and her attorneys had said she was attacked by Strauss-Kahn, and that her case should go to trial.

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  1. banasy©

    We *all* have had experiences with the good and the bad in our past.
    Everyone.
    Some rise above it, and others are too badly damaged to ever have an existence that is remotely normal.
    Having said that, no one person's is any more valid than another's.
    And no one should ever, ever think that their personal pain is somehow more valid, either, and look down their nose at other people because they don't share the same POV.

    Concerning DSK: JIF, you pretty much called it from the beginning.
    You *could* say "I told you so," but you won't.
    You've got panache, and I appreciate that in a person.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. The Law

    You do understand that people are INNOCENT until proven GUILTY. The burden of evidence is not on Kahn to prove. Women can and do lie. Shocking.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DiddleBop

      No they do not understand that.. the evidence evaporate. She's an abject liar .. nothing she said was verifiable (and the defense could prove THAT). Vance's office COULD have firgured that out before they arrested him and pressed charges BUT they wanted to get in the news too. The ho just wanted money honey... as much as she could get

      August 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    the prosecuter knows that no one would belevie any one could "get it up" for that ugly lady...

    August 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    You win the first one of the day:

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    Congrats!

    August 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  8. Darwin

    I've believed this was a political smear campaign from the beginning. My question would be does HE get HIS life back now? Also, what's going to happen to her? Women who lie about being r@ped should be sent to prison for as long as their false "attacker" would’ve been. This is just disgusting and a travesty for every women whose ever been r@ped.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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